3D Printing Industry reports on the grand opening of Think3D’s $6M Medical Device 3D Printing Facility in the AP Medtech Zone in the city of Visakhapatnam in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.
Think3D, which is an Indian 3D printing service bureau, has been building and developing this facility since 2016. “The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Nara Chandrababu Naidu, inaugurated the new 3D printing center.”
“India is the fourth largest market in Asia for medical devices. However, this market is largely import-based and the country imports over 80% of medical devices.” Obviously, Think3D wanted to develop more homegrown medical device production centers: “it is hoped the opening of the AP MedTech Zone and Think3D’s new facility will establish India as a major producer and exporter of medical devices.”
“Think3D’s new operation will provide a range of on-site 3D printing and manufacturing services, including 3D scanning, 3D printing, CNC and molding techniques. Currently, the facility houses various 3D printing technologies, such as the HP 4200, a Multi Jet Fusion system, an EOS FORMIGA P110 SLS printer, and an EOS M 290 metal 3D printer. 3D printers from Stratasys and 3D Systems are also available at the center.”
Think3D’s Director, Prudhvi Reddy, explains: “This facility will be used for prototype and batch production of parts for medical devices like MRI, ECG, ultrasound machines, and so on. Once these parts are manufactured, they shall undergo various tests in the biomaterial testing lab present in the park and thereafter these parts will be assembled and send to Gamma Irradiation Facility present inside the park for sterilization. This way, a complete ecosystem for product development, manufacturing, and testing is available in the facility.”
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