DePuy Spine, Inc. is one of the world‘s leading designers, manufacturers, and suppliers of orthopedic devices and supplies. The company’s products are used by orthopedic and spinal surgeons in surgical and nonsurgical therapies to treat patients with conditions resulting from degenerative-disease deformities, trauma, and sports-related injuries.
DePuy Spine has been involved in rapid prototyping for 15 years. However, the average lead time to make many of its prototype implants and instruments has been six to eight weeks. There is no guarantee that the part will work as intended when received, and modifications are part of the development process.
The company contacted EOS during its search for a direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) system that had the capability to produce 17-4 stainless steel parts. DePuy purchased an EOSINT M 270 metal laser sintering system that has been used in a large number of projects producing more than a thousand parts to date. An early success was an instrument that was in development. The engineer was looking for some metal samples. By using the EOSINT M 270 it was possible to build a working prototype in a little more than a week and at reasonable cost.
• Reduces product development lead time
• Reduces development costs
• Greater flexibility
• Functional integration