3D printing has left behind its days as an obscure, fledgling technology of dubious real-world value. In nearly all corners of the modern manufacturing environment, additive manufacturing (AM) is now recognized as a powerful manufacturing technology, particularly when it comes to complex designs and streamlining the supply chain. Still, the perception lingers that 3D printing is impractical for most companies, at least from a cost perspective.
While the business case for AM (and particularly metal AM) remains situation specific, there are certain fields in which the advantages of the technique shine through. Medical devices—and medtech more broadly—is one of those fields.
This article shows how medtech companies can leverage 3D metal printing to make better products more efficiently.