Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), a pioneer in microscale 3D printing systems, and UK-based 3D printing materials company 4D Biomaterials announce the capability to print micro-scale geometries using 4Degra bioresorbable materials. This achievement marks the first time a bioresorbable material has been printed using micro 3D printing. It could affect the way implantable medical devices are manufactured in the future.
Aimed at creating biocompatible and bioresorbable micro-scale medical devices, the joint innovation has a variety of applications and opportunities for medical device manufacturers and innovators, ranging from micro-scale rigid orthopedic devices and fixations through to micro-scale soft tissue applications.
The partnership combines BMF’s innovative projection micro-stereolithography (PµSL) approach with 4D Biomaterials’ 4Degra resin inks which together will help to solve design and biocompatibility issues for medical device manufacturers, opening up opportunities for implantable devices.
“Our customers continue to seek out solutions to miniaturize and now with bioresorbable material options, a whole new range of devices is possible,” said BMF CEO John Kawola. “Miniaturization in medical device development has been held back by the limitations of traditional manufacturing methods and the materials available.”
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