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Orion Medical enables 3D printing in precision medicine

Its Thermal Radiation Heating offers 3D printing with injection-molded strength and 100% density

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Orion Medical GmbH, founded in Cham, Switzerland in March 2022, is a manufacturing solutions provider for the medical devices industry. The company is closely linked to Orion Additive Manufacturing GmbH (Orion AM), an established manufacturer of 3D printing systems for high-performance polymers based in Berlin, Germany. The key advantage of Orion Medical’s additive manufacturing technology is its Thermal Radiation Heating (TRH) system, which enables the 3D printing of customized medical devices on-demand with injection-molded strength and 100% density.

In preparation for the use of its technology in the medical field, Orion Medical’s founding team engaged in an 18-month-long preparation period for the MedTech qualification of Orion AM‘s technology before founding the company.

Orion Medical enables 3D printing in precision medicine. Its Thermal Radiation Heating offers 3D printing with injection-molded strength.
The Orion M150 Medical 3D Printer

To make TRH technology available to the MedTech industry and enable medical industry players (hospitals, point-of-care centers, legal manufacturers, and/or MedTech suppliers) to participate in the growing market segment of precision medicine, Orion’s technology has been adapted to MedTech and regulatory requirements. This includes the conversion of the print chamber as well as the conversion of all support systems of the 3D printer according to aspects and requirements of relevant regulations, standards, and norms: As a manufacturer of 3D printing systems for the medical industry, Orion Medical GmbH observes the specifications of ISO 13485 as well as the requirements stipulated in MDR (EU) 2017/745 for the manufacturing of medical devices.

Extrusion-based printing technologies like Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) typically suffer from weak bonding between layers, delamination, and deformation as the material cools after deposition. Orion’s proprietary technology applies continuous Thermal Radiation heating to the part during 3D printing to effectively bond the printed layers together, resulting in injection molded strength and 100% density. This makes Orion Medical’s solution extremely competitive with injection molding and CNC machining to produce personalized medical devices on demand.  Orion Medical’s M-Series additive manufacturing systems use this technology to enhance the properties of medical-grade polymers such as PEEK and PPSU, enabling best-in-class results in functional end-use parts in medical device applications, including load-bearing implants.

“With thermal radiation, the heat penetrates the material so that the layers really fuse together. The result is parts with more uniform strength, higher density, and stability. Orion’s technology solves the anisotropic nature of FFF 3D printing, even for difficult-to-print aerospace materials like PEEK and PEI. This results in fully isotropic properties”, explained Christoph Koslowski, Managing Partner at Orion Medical GmbH.

To act as a qualified supplier for its customers according to ISO 13485:2016 and MDR, Orion Medical follows the requirements for a QM system as demanded by MDR 2017/745 in Art. 10. The strength of Orion Medical’s solutions lies in its ability to cover the entire value chain from medical-grade materials and additive manufacturing systems to surface-functionalization of implants and regulatory services.

Orion Medical offers its customers, and all parties interested in 3D printing of medical devices, additional services besides the Medical Printers of the M-Series. These include design support, design transfer of implant concepts for 3D printing, regulatory assistance such as compiling of product files, and advice in terms of ISO 13485:2016 and the MDR (EU) 2017/745, specifically regarding Article 5a of the MDR (EU) 2017/745.

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Edward Wakefield

Edward is a freelance writer and additive manufacturing enthusiast looking to make AM more accessible and understandable.

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