Additive manufacturing (AM) has a major role to play in meeting healthcare objectives, particularly in the medical technology (MedTech) portion of the industry. As reported by SME, spending on healthcare additive manufacturing is expected to reach almost $22 billion in 2022. To achieve success, healthcare manufacturers and OEM providers need to go through the entire production cycle – from design and prototype, to delivery of qualified and certified parts – efficiently and cost-effectively.
Quality is a crucial component of AM healthcare initiatives as well as overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). The challenge is that metal AM processes and materials are not always standardized for critical components and applications. Sigma Labs meets this challenge by providing the deep expertise, systems and data to monitor and analyze the additive manufacturing process in real-time. Our company was founded in 2010 by scientists from the world-renowned Los Alamos National Labs and this strong research background backs up our company mission statement to set the QA standard for additive manufacturing.
The PrintRite3D in-process quality assurance (IPQA) solution offers benefits in research & development, prototyping, concept validation, as well as reducing or eliminating post-processing steps like CT scanning. Specific application areas include:
- Medical instruments including surgical and minimally invasive devices
- Diagnostic equipment ranging from laboratory to point-of-care (POC)
- Orthopedic devices including joints, spines and CMFs
- Dental applications including prostheses and implants
- Custom part development for all healthcare applications
Sigma Labs’ PrintRite3D software solution completes the digital thread and enables engineers, researchers and scientists to print qualified metal parts that meet the strictest guidelines and standards, allowing you to manufacture with confidence.