Additive Manufacturing in the Medical Industry
AM enables the production of highly complex and customized designs that can precisely match the patient’s anatomy, ensuring optimal fit and function. AM also allows for the geometric complexity that is necessary to create lattice structures not only needed to reduce weight but also to create a porous surface that improves bone integration within the human body. These benefits offered by AM improve patient outcomes and reduce the need for additional surgeries or modifications.
Mastering the Process. Replicating Perfection
Industrializing AM to allow for serial production requires a repeatable and reliable platform. AddUp’s FormUp 350 Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) machine was built for productivity. Our 4-laser system reduces fusion times by up to 75%, when compared to a single laser system, providing maximum throughput to meet the demands of the medical device market. This results in an increased operational equipment efficiency (OEE) and overall lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
The FormUp 350 offers enormous flexibility in terms of powder use. It can be used with the market-standard medium powder, but is also capable of handling a finer powder. Thanks to our roller recoater technology, a smooth surface finish with fine features and lattice resolution is achievable directly as printed. The AddUp FormUp 350 offers the freedom to design implants with geometric complexity and minimal support structures, reducing the need for extensive post-processing.
We understand the needs of medical device manufacturers and provide a trusted pair of hands along the AM adoption journey. Our experts work with you to develop your application and we have the knowledge and experience to help you reduce your time to market while offering a validation pathway with IQ, OQ, and PQ processes, along with powder reuse guidelines, leveraging our ISO 13485 certified facilities.
The FormUp 350 more than doubles the output of single laser systems, meeting the demand for the medical industry while lowering costs for medical device manufacturers.
Superior Surface Finish
Achieve a smooth surface finish with fine features and lattice resolution as printed thanks to our roller recoater technology.
Design with complexity, freedom and minimal supports. Drastically reduce post-processing requirements and save material costs.
A Partner You Can Trust
Experience and validation pathway with IQ, OQ, and PQ processes along with accelerated qualification thanks to AddUp’s certified facilities.
Open Machine Parameters
Some competitors keep the workings of their machines secret, but we don’t. Do more with our open platform by twisting and turning the knobs as you see fit.
In-process monitoring gives our users peace of mind and real-time quality assurance, providing confidence in part quality, build-to-build and part-to-part.
“The FormUp350 is one of the only machines on the market that can run both the typical LPBF powder cut and a much finer cut of powder. This gives us flexibility to meet certain challenging applications we may come across in the future.”
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Materials used in the Medical Industry
Typical materials used in orthopedical implants must be light, durable, and very biocompatible. Materials used in the production of surgical instruments must be durable, cost effective, and have a good lifespan.
Titanium Ti64ELI is most commonly used in orthopedical implants due to its characteristics. It is a strong, lightweight, material that is very biocompatible. AddUp has optimized parameters for this material at both 30 and 60 micron layers.
Stainless Steel 316L
Stainless Steel 316L is a surgical steel and can be used to create cost effective surgical instruments.
Stainless Steel 17-4 PH
Stainless Steel 17-4 PH is also a good material to create surgical instruments. Not only is it cost effective, it also has exceptional strength.
With more than 20 years experience in Additive Manufacturing, our machines have been designed to master detail and optimize productivity.
Within the medical industry, the qualification and regulation of implants and devices is mandatory. AddUp is leading the way with in-process monitoring, providing confidence part quality with a full suite of quality assurance monitoring software to lessen, or even eliminate, the need for rigorous testing after a part is printed. From part preparation to simulation, monitoring, and production, every link of the AddUp digital chain offers a high level of performance with user-friendly software.
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