Biocompatible Material for Medical Devices during COVID-19

During this covid-19 pandemic, as more and more cases around the world have been increasing every day, there may be shortage in healthcare devices. There may be shortage of supplies of raw materials and production for some medical devices.

With the advancement in additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, there are more and more range of materials available in the market. The material that is widely needed now during this pandemic, is the biocompatible material because with the fast printing, we can produce more medical devices to help and bridge the supply chain gap for healthcare.

Let’s take a look on some of the materials that have been use during COVID-19.


1. Figure 4 MED-AMB 10 (Use for NCM – Non-contact membrane Figure 4 Technology)

A rigid, translucent & biocompatible material with excellent feature resolution and high definition for a range of medical and industrial applications when sterilization and/or thermal resistance is required with fluid flow visualization.

Print 273 swabs in 2.5 hours, which equates to 34 seconds per swab or 18,345 swabs per week

During this pandemic, there is a shortage of nasal swabs to test COVID-19 patients as the cases are increasing tremendously daily. With the help of 3D printing, nasal swab can be 3D printed to help filling up the supply.

Print max density of 72 parts (9 sets with 8 limiter sizes) in 9.5 hours

A ventilator splitter is a device that allows a single ventilator to support two or more patients during this crisis. By using T-tubes and adapters, a circuit could be divided so that four patients can share a single ventilator in an emergency. During this pandemic, this type of mechanical ventilation is a great help to our healthcare.


2. Figure 4 MED-WHT 10 (Use for NCM – Non-contact membrane Figure 4 Technology)

Figure 4 MED-WHT 10 is another biocompatible, white and rigid material that can be used for a range of medical and industrial applications when sterilization and/or thermal resistance is required. It also delivers parts with excellent feature resolution and high definition.


3. Duraform ProX PA (Use for SLS – Selective Laser Sintering Technology)

Duraform ProX PA is a strong and tough biocompatible polyamide (nylon 12) material that can be used for medical and production parts that can also be use to replace traditionally injection molded parts.

Stopgap Face Mask 3D printed from SLS using Duraform ProX PA material

Wearing a face masks become a necessarily for everyone whom stepped out from their house, therefore a shortage of PPE for protective face masks will create a hazardous situation for frontline workers and secondary support service health care professionals.

This Stopgap Face Mask printed using biocompatible nylon material is used for medical purposes when standard PPE is unavailable or for less critical non-medical environments that does not require compliant PPE.


4. Duraform PA (Use for SLS – Selective Laser Sintering Technology)

Another material under the SLS group of material is Duraform PA that is also biocompatible and durable polyamide (nylon 12) that we can consider to use for medical and production parts.

This is two-piece face shield frame printed on a Selective Laser Sintering printer with Medical Grade Duraform PA (Nylon 12)

Beside the medical devices that face shortage, face shields are also one of the medical devices that there’s shortage at hospitals for medical responders who are testing and treating COVID-19 patients. These healthcare frontliners need to be protected from respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing.

These Venturi Ventilator Valves were printed in Italy on a SLS ProX 6100 in Medical Grade Nylon by Christian Fracassi and team – Isinnova and Lonati SpA


5. VisiJet M2S-HT90 (Use for MJP – MultiJet Printing Technology)

This newly launch material, VisiJet M2S-HT90 from 3D Systems, is capable of meeting USP Class VI standards for biocompatibility that can be used for printing medical devices that required fine features as well as small internal structures that are needed for lattice structure or fluid flow channels.

VisiJet M2S-HT90 also delivers best in class heat resistance with high heat deflection temperature at 90°C that enabling the production of tools and dies for thermoforming, eggshell molding or injection molding. It can also be used for prototype testing in warm environments, such as under the hood parts, enclosures and housings, heated fluids and gasses flow analysis for the durable goods and automotive industries.



Are you looking for 3D printers that support biocompatible materials?

3D Systems is having the Trade-In Program for either ProJet MJP 2500 Plus or Figure 4 Standalone. Both 3D printers support biocompatible materials mentioned above.

This promotion ending soon.

Quick contact ECS Singapore now before 31st May 2020 to grab the opportunity to upgrade your existing 3D Printers.

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