The medical engineering industry is unique in that the products developed by teams of designers are life saving tools and devices. Whether you’re developing the latest diagnostics equipment or surgical device, the success of your job relies on the proper tools and resources available.
Learn how our partner solutions and engineering expertise can advance your team’s product development process while maintaining the quality and liability required to sustain life changing product designs with the evolving medical industry.
SolidWorks and the medical industry are joined at the hip. Both are on a continuous journey to advance technology and make it ever more accessible, to solve problems and improve people’s lives. Human factors engineering, usability and dependability, are essential themes. And, like the patients for whom medical devices are developed, designers using SolidWorks in the medical field rely on the best technology supported by compassionate, talented, and well trained professionals. Their quality of life depends on it.
Simulation and Plastic Design
Same standard of excellence.Lower cost. That’s the challenge facing medical device designers today. Whether you’re making surgical tools, laboratory equipment or home use devices, SolidWorks lets you check that your product will work as expected, every time, and lets you test emerging cost reduction strategies (such as Metal-to-Plastic conversion) without liability risk. Estimate the cost of your metal parts using Costing. Apply real-world loads using Simulation to calculate working stresses, then easily transfer those same loads to a plastic variant to see if it performs just as well. Finally, use SolidWorks Plastics to quickly determine if your new plastic part can be injection molded. (And any Simulation set-ups stay with the model, so any redesign is simple to retest!)
Air, water, or blood, it doesn’t matter what you’re flowing, Flow Simulation can simulate it. Can that fan keep your electronics cool during extended operation? How about in a hot desert hospital? Are all your test cells seeing an equal dose of feed gas? Is there a tubing path that results in less pressure drop? How much less? Answer these questions before you start bench testing, with full CFD capabilities built right into the 3D modeler you already know how to use.
Are your instructions guaranteed to be understood? For a time-stressed emergency room doctor? Or a researcher who may speak a different language? Or for home users of advanced age, with less-than-perfect eyesight? If user error is unacceptable, use SolidWorks Composer to leverage your existing CAD data into clear, detailed, instructive images (or animations) for any step you just can’t afford users to get wrong.
Enterprise PDM (EPDM) was developed with Title 21 CFR Part 11 in mind. Medical product developers will find that EDPM does provide the needed management and audit tracking required by government regulations and can be validated to meet FDA regulations. EPDM is the foundation of a robust, secure process and file management tool for any medical manufacturing firm that strives to succeed.
Test the form, fit and function of new products when you make prototypes out of medical-grade thermoplastics—available on Fortus 3D Production Systems. Large-scale medical manufacturing can’t start until you’ve conducted extensive clinical testing and focus group analysis. Fortus 3D systems streamline product development by making more prototype options faster, letting you collaborate with physicians and patients or even conduct a clinical trial. By perfecting product designs with durable thermoplastics used in Fortus 3D production systems, you’ll make better medical equipment, instruments and devices that will be ready sooner for cutting from stainless steel or mass production.
Use anthropometrically accurate solid 3D male and female models within SolidWorks assemblies to visualize and evaluate your products’ ergonomic features and interaction with the human body.
Medical devices such as lighting systems, patient monitoring systems and X-Ray and Scanning systems and other medical instruments are complex products requiring planning, coordination and control. This is exacerbated by a market demand to decrease time to market. SolidWorks Electrical schematic design tools allow medical device companies to coordinate design efforts with electronic, electrical and mechanical engineers while realizing the benefits of automatic creation of wire and cable assemblies in 3D for clear documentation and connections to PLM and ERP systems.
Most medical device companies have lots of .dwg based documents that need to be maintained and edited. DraftSight Premium Pack is a powerful .dwg based system that you can implement to ensure that your drawings will always be ready to revise when that time comes. Check out the DraftSight Premium Services ROI Calculator (visit DraftSight.com/ROI) and in less than one minute learn how you can save money by investing in DraftSight’s Premium Pack vs. maintaining your current CAD product and service.
Quality inspection is crucial to ensure proper documentation and compliance to standards. Whether you are a medical device manufacturer looking to manage quality inspections within your supply chain or a supplier looking to meet your customer’s stringent quality requirements, InspectionXpert can help you. InspectionXpert can assist you with your ISO 13485 and FDA 21CFR Part 820 QSR processes by automating the identification and extraction of inspection characteristics (e.g. dimensions, tolerances, etc…) from your drawings.