German metal 3D printer manufacturer SLM Solutions has announced it has entered into a partnership with Canwell Medical, a medical device manufacturer based in China.
As part of their collaboration, Canwell Medical will use SLM 3D printers to develop and manufacture surgical implants. SLM Solutions will also provide technical and application assistance to Canwell Medical, as well as research and development support to further accelerate the company’s product certification and serial production.
“We feel proud to win the trust of Canwell Medical. SLM Solutions is the pioneer and leader of Selective Laser Melting technology and medicine is an important application field. Our global experience accumulation and innovation will help us to further develop China’s medical field” explains Jerry Ma, General Manager of SLM Solutions Asia Pacific.
“THE COOPERATION WITH INNOVATIVE ENTERPRISES LIKE CANWELL MEDICAL WILL EFFECTIVELY PROMOTE THE TWO-WAY DEVELOPMENT OF 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY IN THE BREADTH AND DEPTH OF THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY.”
Acetabular cup implant in titanium alloy printed with 60-micron layer. Photo via SLM Solutions.
Medical additive manufacturing in China
Founded in 1994, Canwell Medical is an established designer, manufacturer, and supplier of orthopaedic surgical implants and instruments in China. As well as acting as an instrument contract manufacturer for various orthopaedic companies in the US, the company also has its own brand product lines that cover traumatology, spinal fixation systems and surgical instruments. Its medical instrument sets sell in China, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.
Canwell Medical is also invested in upgrading its orthopaedic surgical implants and instruments with modern production processes. By introducing SLM Solutions’ 3D printing technology into its product development workflow, the company is aiming to facilitate the production of advanced medical devices, both for itself and the wider medical market in China. As such, launching 3D printed medical devices into this market space will bring development opportunities for other companies as well, according to Jerry Ma:
“Canwell’s slogan is ‘Technology For Health’; China’s medical device enterprises are very committed to the goal of improving their technological innovation ability and entrepreneurs have an open and positive attitude towards foreign cooperation. As a result, I am confident in the application of SLM Solutions in the medical field. We fully believe that through our close cooperation in many ways, it is not a distant dream for all major medical institutions in China to be able to use advanced domestic medical devices, and for every household to be able to use affordable domestic medical devices.”
Cobalt-chromium knee implant. Photo via SLM Solutions.