Accelerating Medical Device Innovation
The rapid and successful completion of clinical trials is a prerequisite for the commercial success of medical product. Medical device prototyping is fundamental to your medical product design and development process. You can get them into the lab or clinical trials and ultimately to market sooner.
CreateProto offers a full range of rapid prototyping and manufacturing solutions to the medical industry. From hand held appliances to large scale treatment units, we offer a complete range of medical device prototyping services from concept model validation and functional prototype testing to low volume production runs at a cost effective and faster delivery.
The one of the world's leading medical device development companies turn to CreateProto to unlock the benefits of the digital manufacturing model. From connected devices to mass personalization of healthcare products, digital manufacturing accelerates development and market introduction through rapid prototyping, bridge tooling, and low-volume production.
Why Do Medical Device Development Companies Use CreateProto?
Interactive Design Analysis
Make critical design adjustments that save development time and cost with design for manufacturability (DFM) feedback on every quote.
Get low-volume production parts in as fast as 1 day to streamline your supply chain once before and after products are launched to market.
Bridge Tooling Before Production
Leverage affordable bridge tooling for design and market validation before capital investment in tools.
Choose from high-temperature plastics, medical-grade silicone rubber, and 3D-printed micro-resolution and microfluidic parts, among hundreds of other plastic, metal, and elastomeric materials.
Multiple manufacturing technologies across four services mean your parts are paired with the right equipment and process regardless your project needs.
Create prototypes in production-grade materials for functional and regulatory testing, or 3D print models and organ scans to preview before medical procedures.
Medical Injection Molding
Rapid injection molding provides a better choice for those medical device manufacturers needing low volume molded parts. It will meet your needs for manufacturability analysis, engineering testing, clinical evaluation, investor demonstration or production readiness in the later stages of medical and health product development. At the same time, it will be able to bridge the gap between prototype and production, and let any issues to be discovered and corrected well before them transferred to manufacturing.
Accelerate development of FDA Class I and II devices, or non-implantable components, with our medical injection molding capabilities, which include steel tooling, clean rooms, and ISO 13485 quality certification.
3D Printing Drives Innovation in the Medical Industry
With 3D printing, rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing technology continues by leaps and bounds, creating incredible possibilities and realities for the medical industry. 3D printing is an additive layering process that allows individual components to be produced quickly. This rapid prototyping method allows for quick and inexpensive iterations of the design for efficient debugging. The largest advantage 3D printing provides is accurate form and fit testing as the build process of additive technology can accurately produce the form and size of the desired part, making it very useful for early evaluation of new medical parts.
CreateProto offers a variety of 3D printing services including Stereolithography (SLA) and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), ideal ways to speed up your product development process. From a CAD design to a physical part in your hands and finally in front of your team, it is faster than ever. We have a full team of dedicated engineers and project managers that will work with you to verify your designs, appearance and function, helping potential investors and customers better visualize the product at hand to direct further investment in the product before it goes to market.
CNC Precision Machining for Medical Devices and Parts
Perhaps no other technology that can play such an important role in high-precision, high-tolerance manufacturing as CNC machining. Createproto is expert in CNC prototype machining service in medical industry, focusing on highly accurate visual design models and full-functioning engineering prototypes. From 3-axis CNC machining for simple medical parts or short runs, to flexible 5-axis configurations for precision machined medical components, these processing capabilities enable teams to quickly run plastic and metal machining in an efficient and cost-effective.
Before moving to 3D printing in the medical field, below are the advantages of CNC machining, and when it is most useful:
- A wide range of material options, including production-grade plastics and various metals.
- Highly accurate, repeatable, and excellent surface finish and details.
- Fast turnaround, CNC machining can be run continuously for 24 hours once setup is completed.
- Custom components manufacturing for medical machining services, scalable volumes from one to 100,000.
Urethane Casting for Small-scale Innovation in Medical Products
Many opportunities and applications make polyurethane casting a compelling addition to the medical industry. You can utilize urethane casting for initial product launch prior to injection molding and tooling for market research and customer feedback, as well as early delivery of medical devices. For markets where small-scale innovation is the norm and product life is short, silicone molding to cast urethane also allows manufacturers to improve their designs at a faster pace without having to amortize the cost of hard tooling.
CreateProto’s specialist team offers excellent vacuum casting service for medical devices plastic prototypes, and helps you striking the right balance between high-quality, end-use parts and production lead-time. This translates into time and cost saving for customers seeking a competitive edge advance in form fit and function testing, pre-marketing, or even as low-volume production alternative.
What Materials Work Best for Medical Applications?
High-temp Plastics. PEEK and PEI (Ultem) offer high-temperature resistance, creep resistance, and are suited for applications that require sterilization.
Medical-grade Silicone Rubber. Dow Corning’s QP1-250 has excellent thermal, chemical, and electrical resistance. It’s also bio-compatible so can be used in applications that require skin contact.
Carbon RPU and FPU. Carbon DLS uses rigid and semi-rigid polyurethane materials to build functional parts ideal for late-stage prototyping or end-use devices.
Microfluidics. Watershed (ABS-like) and Accura 60 (PC-like) are clear materials can be used for microfluidic parts and transparent components like lenses and housings.
Medical Alloys. Between machined and 3D-printed metals along with sheet metal, there are more than 20 metal material options available for medical components, instrumentation, and other applications. Metals like titanium and Inconel have attributes like temperature resistance while various stainless steel materials brings corrosion resistance and strength.
We have several capabilities within our services and processes catered to the consumer and computer electronics industries. A few of common applications include:
- Handheld devices
- Surgical instruments
- Enclosures and housings
- Implantable prototypes
- Prosthetic components
“It’s baked into our design and our R&D process now...It’s easier for me to order a mold for a part for a medical device (from CreateProto) than it is for me to pay my mortgage online.”
— Tom, Smith, Director of Design