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Multi-Color Medical 3D Printer Accommodates Biocompatible, Sterilizable Materials

Image: Stratasys J5 MediJet 3D printer
The J5 MediJet 3D printer from Stratasys features a patented rotating build platform with a fixed print head to maximize reliability and simplify maintenance. 

A new medical 3D printer from Stratasys accommodates multiple materials and features multi-color capabilities. The J5 MediJet 3D printer enables users to create detailed 3D anatomical models and drilling and cutting guides with third-party 510(k)-cleared segmentation software, said Stratasys in the announcement. Guides and models are certified as sterilizable and biocompatible, and the printer is economical and compact enough for small lab spaces.

The J5 MediJet 3D printer features a patented rotating build platform with a fixed print head, which is designed to maximize reliability and simplify maintenance. The system also delivers more output from a small footprint. The MediJet 3D printer is up to 30% faster than competing products, and has a simple workflow that includes automatic build tray arrangement, corrections, and support for the latest 3MF file format, simplifying connectivity to third-party segmentation and design software.

The printer supports DraftWhite material for affordable, single-material applications, along with an array of new flexible, rigid color, and transparent materials. The multi-material capability supports a broad range of medical modeling applications, obviating the need to outsource jobs or purchase multiple printers.

“For small to mid-sized hospitals, we’re enabling access to models and guides with a medical-specific 3D printer that is office-friendly and affordable,” said Stratasys’ Healthcare Vice President Osnat Philipp. It also facilitates sterilization, so models can be brought right into the operating room, he added. “We also believe the J5 MediJet printer can help medical device companies bring new innovations to market faster by providing models for benchmark testing of medical devices and for product demonstrations with models showing the actual pathologies the devices are meant to treat,” said Philipp.

The J5 MediJet printer is certified with 510(k)-cleared DICOM segmentation software packages for clinical diagnostic use. Additionally, it can print biocompatible materials that are certified for limited contact to tissue and bone and permanent contact to intact skin (ISO 10993), and for breathing gas pathways in healthcare applications (ISO 18562). MediJet models can be sterilized using steam, gamma, and EtO methods specific to the print material.

The J5 MediJet material and hardware manufacturing sites have received ISO 13485 certification for the design and manufacture of medical devices.

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