EOS and IMDS Join Forces to Create Breakthrough Medical Products

 

EOS and IMDS Join Forces to Create Breakthrough Medical Products

Partnership is the most comprehensive pairing of additive manufacturing

with full-service contract medical device product development

 

Novi, Mich., September 19, 2012—EOS, the technology and market leader for design-driven, integrated e-Manufacturing solutions for industrial applications, is joining forces with Innovative Medical Device Solutions (IMDS), the strategic source for full-service medical device development and manufacturing. Together they offer customers, including industry-leading orthopedic and spine surgeons and implant companies, extensive product development resources for creating novel metal additive manufacturing (AM) designs.

This partnership will allow IMDS to manufacture products with patient-benefiting features that are made possible with the use of AM technology.

“Until now, using AM for medical devices was considered a high-technology novelty done on a few implants, but mainly used to make quick metal prototypes,” says Dan Justin, Chief Technology Officer for IMDS. “However, recent advances—such as increased materials choices, enhanced manufacturing precision, and faster build speeds—have made medical product developers worldwide more willing to co-invest in developing implants made by laser-sintering systems. This partnership marks the most comprehensive resource alignment between contract medical device development and metal additive manufacturing expertise available to our industry.”

EOS offers decades of experience designing and manufacturing laser-sintering systems that can create high-quality prototypes and end-use parts. IMDS specializes in partnering with medical device customers to develop and produce new implant and instrument systems. The company has recently added the latest-generation EOSINT M 280 direct metal laser-sintering (DMLSTM) systems to its already industry-leading product development and manufacturing capabilities across the U.S.

In response to requests by major medical product developers, EOS and IMDS have begun investigating partnerships with leading companies to bring out products that could only have been imagined previously.

“Our laser-sintering technology has opened up a door for developers who have formerly focused on subtractive processes,” says Andrew Snow, Regional Sales Director, EOS of North America, Inc. “Instead of being constrained by traditional technology, engineers and medical professionals are now free to explore a world of new designs—perhaps with varied porosity built in, or features nested inside.”

For example, most titanium implants are currently manufactured by subtractive machining, followed by adding a porous coating.  Now, some implants under development are being built one 20-micron layer at a time on high-precision DMLS machines. Each finished product is a functionally gradient single piece that transitions from a precisely shaped porous structure to a less porous, more solid load-bearing structure—a design with significant performance benefits that is not practical to undertake with traditional processes.  Other designs in development include patient-specific surgical guides for placement of pins, saws, and drills.

In the long term, the partnership will also provide orthopedic companies with a more cost-effective design-to-manufacturing pathway for customized implants—for instance, ultra-thin, bone-conserving hip, knee, and shoulder joint bearing implants—digitally designed from patient CT scans. DMLS can build medical products from regulatory approved implant materials such as stainless steel, cobalt-chrome, or titanium alloys.

The two companies will exhibit at the North American Spine Society (NASS) 2012 Annual Meeting (Dallas, Texas, Oct. 24-27), where IMDS will showcase the EOSINT M 280 and laser-sintered display pieces in IMDS booth # 2821. Also on display are parts created with software from WITHIN, an EOS partner and IMDS collaborator, which provides significant design-driven manufacturing capabilities to the overall e-Manufacturing solution.  WITHIN Medical software optimizes the design of innovative lattice structures. www.withinlab.com

 

About IMDS

IMDS (Innovative Medical Device Solutions) is the strategic source for contract, full-service medical device development and manufacturing. Through its four Co-InnovationTM product development centers and its Discovery ResearchTM center, IMDS specializes in partnering with surgeons, hospital networks, and medical device companies to develop new implant and instrument systems, patent and protect intellectual property, verify and validate designs both mechanically and in vivo, and secure FDA and regulatory approval of medical devices. At its three ISO 13485 Product SourcingTM manufacturing locations, IMDS contract manufactures to world-class quality standards. With an intense focus on innovation, speed to market, and partners' goals, IMDS delivers products that enhance the quality of life and standard of care for patients. www.imds.net

 

About EOS

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Germany, EOS is the technology and market leader for design-driven, integrated e-Manufacturing solutions for industrial applications. EOS offers a modular solution portfolio including systems, software and materials and their further development. The portfolio is completed by services like maintenance, training as well as specific application consulting and support. An Additive Manufacturing (AM) process allows the fast and flexible production of high-end parts at a repeatable industry level of quality. This disruptive technology paves the way for a paradigm shift in product design and manufacturing. It accelerates product development, offers freedom of design, optimizes part structures – also enabling lattice structures – and functional integration, and, as such, creates significant competitive advantages for its customers. For more information visit www.eos.info

 

Contacts

EOS Electro Optical Systems GmbH

Claudia Jordan

Group Manager Marketing Communications

Phone: +49 (0) 89 893 36 x2134

e-mail: Email Contact

 

EOS of North America, Inc.

Electro Optical Systems

Jessica Nehro

Field Marketing Manager

Phone: +1 248 306 0143 x8104

Fax: +1 248 306 0298

e-mail: Email Contact

 

IMDS - Innovative Medical Device Solutions

Dan Justin

Chief Technology Officer

Phone +1 407 770 0216

e-mail: Email Contact

 

Parker Group (editorial US)

Nick O’Donohoe

Phone: +1 401 272 1510

e-mail: Email Contact

 




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