3D printing has hundreds of applications in healthcare, including creating precise anatomical replicas to help plan surgery, manufacturing prosthetics for amputees and whipping up custom trays for medical instruments.
Advancements in materials and additive manufacturing techniques also mean that 3D printing is more accurate, consistent, and efficient than ever.
One of the recent advances is the ability to print liquid silicone alongside hard materials with the Lynxter S600D.
3D printing medical devices
For the Centre de simulation en Santéat at the University of Paris, 3D printing enables tooling development and the direct manufacturing of devices. The facility is equipped with the Lynxter S600D 3D printer and two different tool heads, THE FIL33 and LIQ21, which print high-performance plastics and liquid filaments.
The Lynxter S600D is made for rapid prototyping, industrial tooling production in small and medium series, and precise model-making. With user-switchable tool heads, it lets you switch between materials – filaments, pastes, and liquids.
The Centre de simulation en Santéat uses the Lynxter S600D primarily for research and development, including parts for tools and training devices.
For example, they used the printer to help produce face shields for healthcare workers during the first wave of COVID-19, potentially saving thousands of lives.
Another COVID-19 use for the printer was for a nasopharyngeal simulator, an educational model that trains healthcare professionals for nasal swabbing. This device enabled quick, widespread training of healthcare workers.
Why the Lynxter S600D?
Fused Filament Fabrication and SLA are extremely versatile technologies, but they are limited by a single technology (FFF cannot print resin, and SLA cannot print thermoplastic). Additionally, neither is reliable for printing silicone.
The Lynxter S600D is a transformational 3D printer that prints hard (PLA, cellulose composites), soft (TPU, PVA, Istroflex) and liquid silicone. You can print silicone, carbon PA, PP, PEKK, aluminium filament, polycarbonate, TPU, clay, porcelain, PP glass fibre, PCL, and many more by swapping tool heads.
For the Centre de simulation en Santéat, this 3-in-1 tool provides unbeatable flexibility and lower total cost of ownership versus multiple devices.
The ability to print medical-grade silicone enables the development of new solutions and bridges the gap between prototypes and end-use parts. Medical experts can manufacture silicone components without outsourcing.
There is no 3D printer on the market like it. The S600D occupies a unique niche and consistently delivers high-quality models.
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This story was originally published on the Lynxter blog.