In the world of fabrication, prototyping is perhaps one of the most valuable services. As a type of model or profile per se, this allows designers and engineers to confirm design details. The result being parts or components do not go into production with defects or flaws. So, custom prototypes are incredibly important.
Thanks to advances in materials and technologies, prototype companies better serve multiple industries. Making extremely accurate and reliable products is highly beneficial to manufacturers. While this applies to all industries, it’s particularly important to the medical sector.
Below are some examples of how prototype manufacturing companies benefit the medical sector.
Safety is a big part of creating medical devices. Whether fitting a patient for a prosthetic or Creating a new piece of equipment for surgeons or doctors to use, there is no room for error. Prototype companies play a big role in reducing those. Again, designers and engineers can review a prototype to identify any problems before going into production.
Everyone knows that healthcare is expensive. Reducing costs is another way in which prototype manufacturing companies make a difference. Unfortunately, some companies worry about wasting time to get a product to market. However, without a prototype, this could result in mass-producing medical devices or tools with minor or major defects, now needing recalls and delaying time to market.
It’s worth the extra time for prototype manufacturing companies to create profiles to prevent issues from occurring. Just imagine a company that has thousands of repeated products made only to discover after the fact they’re flawed. Now this would require even more time, as well as money to start over or resolve.
Compliance is a huge deal, especially for the medical field. The Food and Drug Administration currently has a minimum of seven categories of regulatory requirements. That’s just for medical devices. The medical industry must meet every requirement. Otherwise, facilities could face stiff fines and possibly, legal action.
It’s important to note that prototype companies create the product based on the customer’s design. So, it’s not prototyping companies’ responsibility to ensure the customer remains compliant. Rather, that responsibility falls on the customer’s design team and engineers. Prototyping companies may make suggestions to help with design, though it is the responsibility of the customer to ensure these still meet whatever regulations they need.
Sometimes, customers want to make changes to profiles created by prototype manufacturing companies that have nothing to do with flaws. Rather, the customer might see something that would enhance the product’s performance capability. Again, this gives them the chance to make design modifications that improve the product.
As mentioned, prototype companies now offer far more advanced services than even a few years ago. Not only does that apply to better quality materials but also advancements in machinery. Fabricators also rely on innovative technology and improved processes to yield outstanding results.
Promark Tool and Manufacturing, Inc. has a long history of achieving excellence on behalf of our customers. As one of the leading prototype manufacturing companies, we would welcome the chance to assist with your project.