Four Reasons to Use Additive Manufacturing in Medical Device Development


Additive manufacturing is experiencing an unprecedented period of growth in the medical device industry. No longer limited to prototyping, additive manufacturing is being used to create everything from patient-specific surgical guides to custom-fit prostheses to implants and 3D-printed tissue.

In 2012, 16.4% of revenue in the additive manufacturing industry came from medical applications. By 2019, the global market for 3D-printed medical devices is expected to exceed $965 million.1,2 This huge opportunity for breaking barriers also comes with considerable risks, as industry pioneers experiment with unusual materials and unique methods.


About Peter Coffaro 1430 Articles
A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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