Medical Evolution with Advanced Manufacturing
Advanced manufacturing utilises transformative technologies for improved efficiency and enhanced performance. The medical industry is just one sector that is exploring advanced manufacturing techniques and processes to enable faster, more cost-effective and innovative medical device manufacturing.
As a leader in medical grade silicone, medical device manufacturing and additive manufacturing, Romar has exceptional capabilities at the intersection of traditional and transformative manufacturing solutions.
We provide customised, commercially robust and compliant manufacturing for diverse medical applications.
Advanced manufacturing for the medical sector
The medical industry has been increasingly exploring the potential of advanced manufacturing over the last decade.
Advanced manufacturing can take several forms – from digital integration into existing machinery to robotics or 3D printing, also termed additive manufacturing. 3D printing allows for the production of customised and highly complex parts in highly regulated industries. Potential uses for the medical sector include 3D printed prosthetics and implants such as retinal implants or hearing aids, and there are multiple applications in dental laboratories.
Additive manufacturing also has enormous potential in areas including training and research. Surgeons or medical students could employ 3D printed anatomical models created from MRI and CT scan data, for instance.
At the core of each of these developments is both innovation and flexible manufacturing solutions. Advanced manufacturing techniques and processes are also suitable for prototyping and lower production volume.
Our advanced capability
Central to Romar’s advanced manufacturing capability is our state-of-the-art technology. Our DMG Mori Lasertec 65 3D 5-axis synchronous laser deposition, welding and milling machine – one of only three in commercial settings globally – is a 3D printer with unique hybrid capability. We also utilise our Leitz PMM, a fast and precision accurate coordinate measuring machine (CMM).
With the Lasertec65, we have the flexibility to deliver one-off prototypes and small or large production scalable additive manufacturing solutions.
Features of the Lasertec include high speed (up to ten times faster than traditional powder bed based systems), large build size (up to 600mm x 600mm x 400mm), the ability to combine metals or add hard to soft metal, and to deliver parts for immediate use without modification or treatment.
Materials expertise for smart solutions
Effective medical manufacturing benefits from multiple techniques. As a specialist in silicone and elastomers, we can also draw on our materials expertise for optimal project outcome. By considering factors including environmental conditions, usage, production run and budget, we provide a fully tailored manufacturing solution.
Romar uses two types of medical-grade silicone in the development of medical devices – restricted-grade silicone and non-restricted grade silicone (approved for, respectively, time-specific and unlimited human implantation).
Our broad portfolio of silicone elastomers for application in the healthcare industry has also been tested against USPIV and ISO 10993 biocompatibility standards.
Experts in medical device manufacturing
Romar is a leader in the design and manufacture of medical devices and aids, thanks to facilities including a Class 8 clean room and our skilled in-house team of biomedical, material and manufacturing engineers.
With niche advanced manufacturing capability, we’re positioned to provide first-class medical manufacturing solutions that are always innovative and effective.