Advances in 3D printing could make medtech mass customization a reality. Matt Sand, president of 3DEO, will discuss the role of 3D printing in medtech in the MD&M Minneapolis session, “3D Printing: The Journey from Prototyping to Production to Metal 3DP.” His October 31 talk will include five tips for moving from prototyping to production.
“Mass customization is the capability of producing in volume in an efficient manufacturing flow, instead of ‘one at a time,’ while still being able to offer options in color, size, and materials that differ from the core product offering,” Sand told MD+DI. “This could mean 90% of the part’s design is always the same, but the last 10% is customized for the person. For example, a hip implant design is always very similar, but with 3D printing, it can be customized for the specific patient’s body.”