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New $500K SmartZone grant to spur medical device development in Grand Rapids

January 18, 2019

New $500K SmartZone grant to spur medical device development in Grand Rapids

The Carbon 3-D printer technology was installed at aMDI’s incubator space at GVSU’s Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences in downtown Grand Rapids.

The effort will enable GVSU, the AMDI and MediSurge to gain understanding for applying 3-D printing technology to the medical device industry to improve the product development process.

“The current process of launching a new medical device to market in the United States is strictly regulated, highly complex, and expensive, so we understand the importance of perfecting this type of emerging technology,” said Bob Taylor, the CEO of Alliant Healthcare Products and MediSurge. “Being able to offer this type of novel service would drastically decrease time to market for products and create immense value for customers.”

More than a dozen graduate and undergraduate students from the GVSU Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, plus faculty, will join the AMDI for the program.

GVSU is the first university in the Midwest to offer students direct access to 3-D printing technology on campus, Nowak said. The manufacturing technology that targets medical-grade materials also “will soon be the new standard, and this study will be a launch pad for course content that is used in curriculum throughout the university,” he said. Continue Reading

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