How to build your own 3D printer
Posted On August 9, 2021
3D printers are starting to be used to create medical implants, medical devices and other consumer goods, but what if you could make your own from a plastic or wood pulp? You can.
And that’s what a company called Altec Industries is hoping to offer to doctors, surgeons and engineers.
It’s the first 3D-printed medical device company to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute of Health.
Altec Industries aims to be the first company to offer a medical product made from a printed plastic or rubber.
The company is using a plastic pulp that has been coated with resin to print a new implant.
Altec’s 3D printing process involves using a printer to make a shape, which then is sent to a printer in another room.
The process can take a few days, but Altec says it can print a single implant within a few hours.
The company plans to sell 3D printed medical implants to medical facilities and healthcare professionals.
Altek is also working on a new medical device that will be more durable than existing implants.
It will have a smaller diameter, which Altec hopes will help prevent fractures and wear and tear.