Improved Customisation in the Medical Field with DLS Additive Manufacturing

Carbon 3D printing, also known as digital light synthesis (DLS) technology, has gained significant interest and applicability in the field of medical device production due to its unique capabilities. Here are some key points about Carbon 3D printing in medical device production:

  • Speed and Efficiency: Carbon 3D printing employs a continuous printing process that enables faster production times compared to traditional layer-by-layer additive manufacturing methods.
  • High Resolution and Surface Quality: Printing with DLS can achieve high-resolution prints with exceptional surface quality. The process minimizes the layering effect commonly seen in other additive manufacturing techniques, resulting in smoother surfaces and more accurate details. This is particularly important for medical devices where precision and smooth surfaces are crucial for patient safety and comfort.
  • Biocompatible Materials: Carbon, pioneers of the DLS technology, offers a range of biocompatible materials suitable for medical device production. These materials meet regulatory standards for biocompatibility and are specifically formulated for medical applications. Examples include silicone-based materials for soft tissue applications and rigid polymers for surgical guides and instrument handles.

Carbon DLS in action in medical device manufacture:

You can see the benefits of additive manufacturing in the production of medical devices in a series of Carbon case studies, available through the links below:

DI Labs Transforms Organic to Digital Using CT Scanning and Carbon DLS™

Bridging Production of Breakthrough ENT Technology to Speed Up Time to Market

S4 Medical Shortens Medical Device Design Cycle to Improve Cardiac Care Procedures

  • Customization and Personalization: Carbon additive manufacturing allows for the production of highly customized medical devices tailored to individual patients’ needs. This is particularly valuable in areas such as patient-specific implants, prosthetics, orthotics, and anatomical models. The ability to create patient-specific devices improves fit, comfort, and overall treatment outcomes.
  • Mechanical Properties: DLS can produce medical devices with excellent mechanical properties, including strength, durability, and flexibility. This is crucial for applications such as surgical instruments, where the devices need to withstand mechanical stresses.
  • Design Freedom: Additive manufacturing through DLS provides designers and engineers with greater design freedom compared to traditional manufacturing methods. Complex geometries, lattice structures, and internal channels can be easily incorporated into the design, enabling optimized performance and functionality of medical devices.
  • Regulatory Compliance: When utilizing Carbon 3D printing for medical device production, it is essential to adhere to regulatory requirements and demonstrate compliance with standards set by regulatory bodies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Manufacturers must ensure the safety, effectiveness, and quality control of their additive manufacturing processes and final products. Please do inquire about certifications for all our Carbon DLS materials for Europe and the rest of the world.

Carbon DLS additive manufacturing has shown great potential in transforming the medical device industry by enabling faster production times, improved customization, and the creation of complex, high-quality medical devices. As the technology, and the materials, continue to advance, DLS is expected to play a significant role in the development of innovative medical devices that enhance patient care and treatment outcomes.