EOS (Munich) and Innovative Medical Device Solutions (IMDS; Fort Worth, TX) announced a partnership in 2012 combining EOS’ expertise in direct metal laser- sintering (DMLS) systems, soſtware and materials with IMDS’ experience as a full- service contractor for medical product development and manufacturing. Te stated objective is to offer resources for conceiving and launching metal medical devices made with additive manufacturing (AM). IMDS Manager of Additive Manufacturing Michael Siemer and Andrew Snow,
regional director of EOS of North America Inc., recently discussed the nature of the resources being offered and what current joint activities the two companies are pursuing. What value does this partnership bring to companies developing medical products? Michael Siemer: Before we partnered with EOS, there was no single source for OEMs to go to and find the complete expertise needed to bring an AM part from
Leaders at EOS and Innovative Medical Device Solutions discuss the state of the art and their new partnership.
Titanium spinal implants laser-sintered with EOS DMLS. The pores in the implants reduce weight and promote osseointegration.
concept to clinic. Te suppliers that were familiar with laser sintering lacked a deep understanding of the medical side of development, such as the approval process, the actual needs of end-users, and so on. Organizations like ours could design, certify, and manufacture products, but to offer the full advantage of laser sintering,