New BioMed Flex 80A Resin and BioMed Elastic 50A Resin Enable Workflows for Elastomeric, Biocompatible 3D Printed Parts
Now, with BioMed Flex 80A Resin and BioMed Elastic 50A Resin, professionals can combine the benefits of traditional elastomeric and biocompatible materials with the ease of use and streamlined workflow of Formlabs resin 3D printers.These two new materials are ISO 10993 and USP Class VI tested and produced in an FDA-registered, ISO 13485-certified facility, ensuring that medical professionals can use these products with the utmost confidence. As Formlabs’ library of biocompatible materials expands, 3D printing becomes an option in more workflows and applications, improving patient care, reducing costs, and expanding possibilities.
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The Difficulty With Creating Flexible, Biocompatible Parts In Healthcare
For years 3D printing has improved workflows for medical device companies and healthcare professionals. However, for applications that require both flexibility and biocompatibility, there hasn’t been an end-to-end 3D printing process available for the Formlabs ecosystem, until now.
Medical device companies have traditionally been limited by the availability of elastomeric 3D printing materials in each stage of the design and manufacturing process. In prototyping, designers must either 3D print with non-biocompatible or rigid materials, create a 3D printed mold and hand-pour medical-grade silicone, or outsource to a molding company that has prohibitive costs. These workflows impair the design cycle, hurting the performance of the product and making it more difficult for the company to reach the market quickly.For production stages of biocompatible rigid parts, many companies have found that 3D printing can be a cost-effective means of production. For elastomeric parts, however, 3D printing hasn’t been a solution due to the lack of materials that have the right Shore hardness and elongation at break while adhering to strict biocompatibility requirements. End-use flexible parts such as customized devices, patient-specific surgical models, and short-term wearable or skin-contact devices have been extremely difficult to produce cost-effectively, and many companies only offer standardized options. At the point of care, the lack of flexible and biocompatible material options has limited the scope of what hospitals and medical service bureaus can use 3D printing for, despite the enormous benefit that this technology imparts. Several hospital researchers today use flexible non-biocompatible materials for training and educational purposes, but cannot bring them into the operating room (O.R.). With a flexible and biocompatible 3D printing workflow, hospitals and medical service bureaus can bring those models into the O.R. now as well as expand the range of parts they provide, improve the quality of patient care, and reduce costs for the provider.
Flexibility, Transparency, and Biocompatibility Enable New 3D Printing Applications
|Ultimate Tensile Strength
|BioMed Flex 80A Resin
|BioMed Elastic 50A Resin
“In our hospital serving environment, this material excels in producing custom malleable parts which interface with the body. It also eliminates the need for prototyping via silicone molding which is labor-intensive and wasteful."Allison Neuwirth, Project Manager, Northwell Health
"Really enjoyed the material. Relative electron density was almost identical to water which is 1.0g/cm3 and is great for 3D printing patient boluses. [We] already have some designs completed to start testing and expand our use cases into our surgical field."Greg Gagnon, 3D Printing Specialist, Baystate Health