Ignore 3-D Printing at Your Peril

article-2735858-20D853B100000578-184_634x421A village in Haiti needs to provide umbilical cord clamps for pregnant mothers, but cannot afford a 10,000-unit minimum purchase order. An orthopedic surgeon, sick of long, arduous ACL repair procedures identifies the need for a complex tool to simplify and accelerate surgery. A Chinese man diagnosed with a rare sacral cancer needs a bespoke, durable implant to replace the tumorous bone matter once removed.

For scenarios like these, 3-D printing is the perfect method of manufacturing, and is quickly becoming a mainstream technique for producing medical devices, prosthetics, and drugs. The greatest opportunity for 3-D printing exists when the designer can “grow” a component to create complex surfaces and to match a patients’ anatomy. This digital revolution of physical healthcare products is driven by three trends: the building of clinical evidence for 3-D printing of medical devices, the introduction of new 3-D printing platforms using functional materials, and the FDA’s new framework for ensuring safety and quality.


About Peter Coffaro 1102 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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