FMI Instrumed, Schiedam, the Netherlands, has added a fifth metal Additive Manufacturing system to its existing facilities for the production of medical devices. “The increasing contribution of Additive Manufacturing in the medical device industry endorses further developments within our company,” explained Henk Jansen, FMI Instrumed’s Managing Director. Currently, the company uses metal AM to produce devices such as spinal implants, titanium hip cups and knee implants.
“At FMI we don’t see Additive Manufacturing as a standalone process, but as an integral part of our production process,” added Jansen. The company reports that, in addition to the five AM machines installed at its facility, it also has the equipment – such as CNC machinery – and skills for the complete metal AM process to be conducted in-house.
FMI Instrumed is a subsidiary of mechanical systems, modules and components supplier FMI. It has in place specific management systems designed to ensure quality consistency in line with medical manufacturing standards, is ISO 13485 and 9001 certified and reports that it is fully FDA compliant. In addition to the medical industry, the company now states that it has plans to apply the experience it has gained in metal AM to position itself as a supplier to other industries, such as aerospace and automotive.