Solvay, a global leader in Materials, Solutions and Chemicals, announced recently that it is collaborating with PrinterPrezz, a medical technology company focusing on combining 3D printing with nano technologies, to develop medical 3D printing solutions in implants and devices through Selective Laser Sintering (SLS).
Solvay has over 30 years of experience supplying high-performance polymers to the healthcare industry. The company’s Solviva® biomaterials provide optimal performance and meet the requirements for prolonged or permanent exposure to bodily fluids and tissue in the human body. Solvay is leveraging this experience to jointly optimize materials, processing, design and testing for the manufacturing of high-performance 3D printed medical devices.
Speaking about the collaboration, Christophe Schramm, AM Business Manager for Solvay Specialty Polymers global business unit said, “Solvay works with companies across the additive manufacturing (AM) ecosystem to offer production-ready high-performance medical 3D printing solutions. This partnership will allow us to combine our expertise in materials with PrinterPrezz’s unique offering for qualification of medical devices to accelerate the adoption of 3D printed implants and medical devices using Solvay’s latest AM powder technology for SLS.”
According to Shri Shetty, CEO of PrinterPrezz, “3D printing is evolving rapidly and is revolutionizing and the development of advanced health care applications from concept to manufacturing. The range of services offered by PrinterPrezz which includes engineering, clinical and regulatory guidance as well as access to 3D simulation software and state-of-the-art 3D printers provides Solvay a gateway for the development and optimization of their high-performance polymeric AM powders to advance the manufacturing of next generation implants and medical devices.”
In addition to the collaboration, Solvay’s venture capital fund, Solvay Ventures, participated in PrinterPrezz’s recent $16 million equity financing round. The funding will support collaborative development efforts in specialized materials for medical equipment. “By partnering together, Solvay and PrinterPrezz will accelerate the advancement of medical 3D printing solutions, providing better patient outcomes through breakthrough technology as a part of our efforts to create sustainable shared value for all,” said Thomas Canova, head of Solvay Ventures.
About Solvay: Founded in 1863, Solvay is among the world’s top three companies for the vast majority of its activities. Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. With more than 24,100 employees in 64 countries, Solvay bonds people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress.
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