We first saw the Vancouver-based 3D printing startup a few years ago at CES (when CES was a thing for 3D printing, anyway). At the time they exhibited an unusual resin 3D printer that could print extraordinarily quickly.
Their secret to speed was the development of a new membrane that prevented newly printed layers from sticking to the bottom of the resin tank. Most resin 3D printers use a “laser through the tank bottom” approach, but typically the newly solidified material sticks not only to the previous layer, but also to the tank itself.
The company has also established materials partnerships with Henkel and BASF as it targets the production of end-use parts in the medical and engineering markets.
To see one of these catheter procedures is to marvel at the cardiologist’s ability to take cues from a real-time scan to position a replacement valve or other device in the exact right spot. What guides them is akin to a fuzzy black-and-white TV image.