The Single Most Important Part of the
Medical Manufacturing Production Process?
Especially When Considering the Extremely Detailed and Highly Precise World of Medical Device Manufacturing.
How does a medical device manufacturing company receive the information to make valid decisions regarding how to ultimately manufacture any detailed medical device part?
And, before considering the actual process of medical manufacturing, that manufacturer must maintain a quality-efficiency compliant with stringent ISO standards; they must take into consideration the budget requirements, the delivery schedules and every step of the manufacturing process in order to perform the all-important “Design for Manufacturability” studies.
For some, this “up-front work” just to get a part set-up correctly, in the initial phases of the production process, can be a challenging task.
That’s why, in any “best practices” manufacturing arena, to set-up and integrate a dedicated department which is solely responsible for taking a drawing and creating something that can be measured (for all the above requirements) is absolutely essential.
Welcome to Prototyping at C-Axis
Prototyping has changed dramatically over recent years. Staying on the cutting-edge has made C-Axis a leader by utilizing strict prototyping standards; it has continued to maintain itself as an integral part of a continuing success-track for the company, to the benefit of every one of our medical device customers.
Within the prototyping stage, we are basically measuring everything and that does not only concern the actual size of any part!
We are measuring for compliance regarding how the part will be used, does it fit the desired requirements set by the customer, are there better ways to conduct the process not only to improve the part’s integrity, but to save time in the process to meet or exceed delivery deadlines, which can ultimately save cost.
Might there be a better material choice to use over what may have been initially specked; and a thorough, solid, deep analysis of the basic ingredients for design effectiveness.
Most everything and anything imaginable are questioned in the prototyping phase.
By the time the prototype becomes the model for how the final parts will be produced, it’s proven worth is beyond measure.
Without having those first parts to scrutinize, not much can be determined in order to solve any issue or potential problem – up-front; as one major goal of the prototype-process is to help eliminate surprises down the road. Prototyping can do that.
Many medical device manufacturing companies are utilizing 3D Printing as an important, integrated prototyping tool. C-Axis is no different. 3D Printing is, in itself, a constantly changing medium.
Having some of the best product designer’s on-staff also helps, along with cutting-edge CAD/CAM software to assist in uncovering optional production variables, potential problems and barriers. It is all a part of a truly defined and diverse prototyping department within a forward-thinking, medical device contract manufacturer.