Medicine + Additive Manufacturing = Medifacturing™ Company, the story of PrinterPrezz
PrinterPrezz aims to develop medical solutions that will enable people to live longer, and as you may guess, technology has a key role in this mission. By technology, we mean that PrinterPrezz combines its skills in 3D printing, orthopaedics, semiconductor and nanotechnologies to develop medical devices, therefore aspires to be a Medifacturing company.
The tech medical company has opened its first Innovation Center in the Silicon Valley. The 3D printing area and Nanotech Innovation Center for Design gather medical doctors, engineers, and materials scientists.
The new PrinterPrezz Innovation Center, based in Fremont, Calif., provides medical device digital design services. Those services include access to an open innovation environment that integrates an array of software, scanners and hardware to optimize 3D print design and prototyping for a wide range of applications, from implants to medical devices, surgical aids and prosthetics.
The company collaborates with UCSF Surgical Innovations, researchers and university hospitals to develop their intellectual property (IP) as well as additional manufacturing and product IP.
Dr. Alan Dang, co-founder and chief medical officer of PrinterPrezz and board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeon, comments on this opening, “We support innovators at every level, from the individual clinician all the way to multinational medical device companies. Some are looking to develop an initial prototype from a napkin sketch while others are already in production and need additional manufacturing capacity. We have offerings designed to help each group succeed. By bringing together experienced clinicians and innovative engineers with leading 3D printing equipment and software from around the world, PrinterPrezz decreases turnaround time from concept to manufacturing.”
One thing is certain, with the opening of this center, the “medifacturing” bridges the gap between medical and manufacturing.
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