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Shukla Medical saves $120,000 with metal 3D printed surgical tool prototypes

October 07, 2019 / Sam Davies

Surgical tool manufacturer Shukla Medical is saving $120,000 per year after harnessing Markforged's Metal X 3D printing system to prototype surgical instruments. The company, a subsidiary of aerospace manufacturer S.S. White Technologies, supplies orthopaedic surgeons across the United States. It has traditionally used CNC machining to develop its prototypes, which would be sent to orthopaedic surgeons to test before the final parts were manufactured, but with the long lead times growing tiresome decided a change of approach was necessary in 2017. The company first installed one of Markforged’s continuous carbon fibre platforms and later brought a Metal X system in-house too to take advantage of its 17-4 PH Stainless Steel, a similar material to that of its end products.