3D printing orthopedic products - keep it simple
Orthopedic products play a critical role in modern treatment, from joint replacements to spinal implants. However, producing these products can be complex and time-consuming, requiring specialized equipment and expertise. To address these challenges, orthopedic professionals are turning to 3D printing technology, which offers customized, precise, and cost-effective solutions. But not all 3D printing technologies are the same/offer the same. In this blog post, we explore the benefits of using 3D print FDM technology to simplify the production process of 3D-printed orthopedic products.
As the demand for orthopedic products continues to rise, the need for a more straightforward and efficient production process becomes increasingly pressing. 3D printing technology has the potential to revolutionize the orthopedic industry, but it’s essential to use suitable materials and techniques to achieve optimal results.
Simplicity in additive manufacturing
One of the critical advantages of using FDM technology is its simplicity. Unlike other 3D printing technologies, FDM does not require special safety measures or equipment, making it easier to set up and operate. The combination of user-friendly software and a custom-made printer for soft materials like TPU also removes much of the complexity associated with 3D printing.
Speed of production:
Traditional orthopedic product production methods can take weeks or even months. 3D printing using FDM technology can reduce production times significantly, allowing for faster turnaround times and increased efficiency.
By using 3D printing technology, orthopedic professionals can reduce costs associated with traditional manufacturing methods. 3D printing eliminates costly molds or tooling and can reduce waste by producing with additives, resulting in significant cost savings in material consumption.
Improved patient satisfaction:
3D printing allows for producing customized orthopedic products that can improve patient care. Customized products fit better, are more comfortable, and provide better support than mass-produced products, leading to faster recovery times and/or improved quality of life for patients.
Printing with soft TPU filament is safe and non-toxic, making it suitable for medical applications and approved for skin contact. Unlike other materials used in 3D printing, TPU does not emit harmful fumes or particles during printing, making it safe to use in clinical settings.
Easy to use for everybody
Create it REAL’s Embrace solutions offer off-the-shelf CAM (Computer-aided manufacturing) systems for custom-made orthopedic insoles, seats, cushions, corsets, spinal braces, and body jackets that are 3D printed using a specialized 3D printer and build preparation software. Both the software and printer are constructed, dedicated, and optimized with a high focus on user-friendliness. This makes it easy for healthcare providers to create custom devices without the need for extensive 3D print knowledge.
The building preparation software is designed to hide complexity, so even users unfamiliar with 3D printing can easily navigate the software and create customized devices. Additionally, the software provides step-by-step guidance through printing, which makes it easy for healthcare providers to prepare and print the applications with minimal effort.
Similarly, the specialized Embrace 3D printer is designed with easy operations in mind. Cleaning and maintenance of the printer are guided, and the printer is designed to be ready to use, with minimal training required, which makes it effortless for healthcare providers to integrate Embrace’s 3D printing technology into their workflow and begin creating customized orthopedic devices for their patients.
Overall, Embrace’s user-friendly software, specialized 3D printer, and fully recyclable material make it easy for healthcare providers to create high-quality custom orthopedic devices without prior knowledge, expertise, or training in 3D printing technology. This ease of use ensures that more patients can benefit from Embrace’s innovative solutions, improving their quality of life and promoting sustainability in the healthcare industry.