Stryker Building 3D Printing Facility

Posted by Editor On April - 29 - 2016

Stryker, the Kalamazoo, Mich.-based manufacturer of medical devices and equipment, is building a state-of-the-art 3D printing facility in 2016.

The facility will be a part of $400-450 million in capital expenditures that Stryker expects to make this year, the other major project being a standardization of the company’s enterprise resource planning software across its global operations. Stryker CEO Kevin Lobo mentioned the 3D project in passing during an investor’s conference call earlier this week.

Providers and suppliers have increasingly looked to 3D printing as a fast, inexpensive way to develop customized devices and better models to help medical students and surgeons visualize patient organs. Innovations in the field have included a ribcage for a patient in Spain and tracheal splints for four infants treated at the University of Michigan Health System.

Stryker has already been using 3D printing for a number of new products, including its knee system, said Bill Jellison, Stryker’s departing CFO. The company will also soon launch a 3D-printed titanium interbody device for the spine.

For more on the story, see: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20160129/NEWS/160129849

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