3D Printing New Products in the Medical Device Industry

By Samantha Bild on

If you are in the medical device industry and haven’t adopted 3D printing, your ability to innovate faster than the competition is at a disadvantage. Companies are 3D printing innovative, functional parts and creating new products and categories daily. Take a look at how 3D printing is making waves with external devices and systems.

Custom Prosthetics:

The prosthetic device industry has been significantly disrupted by additive manufacturing. If you have lost a limb or are born with a congenital defect, a conventional prosthetic device could cost you upwards of $7,000. These prosthetics are unaffordable not just to people in developing nations, but to people in the United States. Luckily, 3D printing makes it possible to print a prosthetic device for under $500. Learn more about 3D printing affordable prosthetics on our June 17th webinar with the Helping Hand Project.

 Prosthetics Printed on MakerBot 3D Printers


Orthotic companies are changing from heat molded polypropylene to fully customized orthotics. Unlike traditional orthotic materials (leather, foam and polypropylene), 3D printed materials offer durability, breathability and increased customization.


Multi-Material Prosthetic Sockets:

Multi-Material_SocketStratasys PolyJet printers allow for the creation of multi-material prosthetic sockets. For example, a prosthetic might require flexibility around joints and rigidity to replicate bone and muscle support. We can direct those forces and in a single print, create a device that combines information around gate analysis. This is completely different than traditional hand-formed prosthetic sockets.

 Learn more about 3D printing in healthcare with our Guide: Advancing Healthcare with 3D Printing.