Universitat de Girona

3D Additive manufacturing machine for tubular medical devices

Posted by Universitat de GironaResponsive · Innovative Products and Technologies · Spain

Summary of the technology

The 3D Additive Manufacturing Machine developed for tubular medical devices is based on the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) and the 3-axis 3D printing technologies. The filament is melted into the extruder nozzle, which deposited the material onto a heated computer-controlled platform.

Description of the technology

Although metallic stents are effective in preventing acute occlusion and reducing late restenosis after coronary angioplasty, many concern still remain. The role of stenting is temporary and is limited to the intervention and shortly thereafter, until healing and re-endothelialization are obtained. Bioresorbable stents (BRS) were introduced to overcome these limitations with important advantages: complete bioresorption, mechanical flexibility, does not produce imaging artefacts in non-invasive imaging modalities, etc.

Biodegradable stents offer the potential to improve long-term patency rates by providing support just long enough for the artery to heal. Nowadays in the stent industry the manufacture process par excellence is the laser micro cutting. Nevertheless in the case of polymeric stents, the 3D additive manufacturing techniques could be a more economical solution.

Recently, three-dimensional (3D) printing, a specific technique in the biomedical field, has emerged as an alternative system for producing biomaterials. The 3D printing system, applied to rapid prototyping in structural fabrication can easily manufacture biomaterials, such as BRS, better than other devices. Additionally, 3D-printing offers a more efficient process for assembling all of the necessary components, such as the vascular artificial scaffold.

The 3D Additive Manufacturing Machine developed is based on the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) and the 3-axis 3D printing technologies. The filament is melted into the extruder nozzle, which deposited the material onto a heated computer-controlled rotatory Cartesian platform. The machine provides a precision of 0.9375 µm in the X axis, 0.028125º in the W axis, 0.3125 in the Z axis, and 0.028125º in the extruder. The nozzle provides 0.4 mm of diameter

With this technology is possible to reduce the steps required for the conventional manufacturing of stents to only two (stent printing and sterilization), which implies a reduction of lead-time and material costs.

Current development status

Laboratory prototypes

Prototype available for demonstration

 

Intellectual property status

Other forms of protection

Secret Know-how

Desired business relationship

Technology development

 

Technology Owner

Universitat de Girona

Technology Transfer Office

Related keywords

  • 3D printing
  • Industrial manufacturing, Material and Transport Technologies
  • Medical Health related
  • Medical equipment
  • biodegradable
  • stent
  • healthcare

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