Markforged Metal X 3D printer used to prototype surgical tools for Shukla Medical

Multi award-winning 3D printer provider Markforged has announced that Shukla Medical, a surgical tool manufacturer, has used its Metal X system to 3D print surgical instrument prototypes, thereby cutting down the company’s yearly costs.  Using the 17-4PH Stainless Steel material with the Metal X, Shukla has been able to 3D print metal prototypes of its surgical tools that closely resemble the end product. Surgeons have therefore been able to gain practical experience and confidence in using the surgical tools before entering the operating room. Implementing the Metal X within its prototyping process has not only allowed Shukla to minimize time spent in the operating room, but also speed up the time-to-market for surgical tools compared to CNC machining, as well as increase safety and reduce recovery time for patients. “The surgeon can envision using it in the actual incision, and can tell us if it feels the right way in their hands,” comments Zack Sweitzer, Product Development Manager at Shukla Medical.  “3D printing the prototype product helps our surgeons test the part in their hands before going into the operating room, so they already have the experience and confidence in th...

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