Stratasys has signed an agreement with the French medical start-up Bone 3D to implement 3D printing technology in French hospitals. As part of the Hospifactory program developed by Bone 3D, healthcare institutions will be able to 3D print medical accessories and devices as well as anatomical models helpful in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Hospitals will be able to subcontract Bone 3D in 3D printing services, providing them with direct funds to meet their own production needs, and will also receive constant technological support from the company’s technicians. According to the contract, Bone 3D will invest and deliver the latest Stratasys 3D printing systems operating in FDM and PolyJet technologies in accordance with the specific requirements of individual hospitals and medical facilities belonging to the Hospifactory network. So far, Bone 3D has purchased over 30 Stratasys 3D printers.
Bone 3D’s investment in Stratasys 3D printers includes a range of different systems, including the advanced Digital Anatomy J750 3D Printer, which produces anatomical models that mimic the real-world feel, responsiveness and biomechanics of human anatomy with unprecedented realism. The company also has a compact, full-color and multi-material J5 MediJet 3D printer. Bone 3D also acquired several F-series FDM 3D printers for a range of applications requiring the creation of tough, long-lasting parts. This includes everything from the development of medical devices to parts for maintenance in hospitals, to patient rehabilitation support such as removable wheelchair mounts.
The deal between Stratasys and Bone 3D follows the successful implementation by a French start-up last year of 60 Stratasys FDM 3D printers in Europe’s largest hospital system, AP-HP in Paris, to support the COVID-19 pandemic. Bone3D managed the implementation, operation and technological support, which allowed AP-HP to start its own production on demand of the necessary personal protective equipment, electric syringe pumps, intubation equipment and breathing valves, eliminating shortages in traditionally manufactured equipment.
Founded just three years ago, Bone 3D is already a leading provider of 3D printing services to the medical industry in France. The team brings together very experienced engineers and surgeons who can boast decades of experience in engineering and medical sciences. Working closely with Stratasys from the outset, the 35-strong company now serves more than 250 customers across France, most notably AP-HP, the University of Paris and the University Hospital of Strasbourg.