3D printing using DMLS medical grade stainless steel and titanium allows the medical community to tailor its products to patient scans, incorporate lattice design structures that encourage bone and tissue growth for improved implant rejection rates, and use freeform design that cannot be traditionally machined but conforms better with the human body. Customization and small batch production are cost-efficient using 3D manufacturing. Rapid prototyping and quick turn production allow medical suppliers and designers to service physicians and hospitals with flexible JIT delivery and responsive lead times.
DMLS can amass multiple customized files on a single build plate without expensive tooling or set-up costs. With printed tolerances of +/- 0.0002 and the ability to print micro-channels and anatomical shapes, 3D printing revolutionizes the cost-effective production of complex, custom dental implants that are otherwise too costly or physically impossible to traditionally manufacture. i3D MFG owns North America’s first EOS M290 DMLS 3D printing machine.