Laser cutting and processing contract manufacturer Spectralytics, a Cretex Medical company (Dassel, MN), has opened a product development center in nearby Maple Plain, MN. The company is expanding its capabilities with a new facility, team, and equipment specifically dedicated to helping customers develop concepts, validate designs, design for manufacturability, and build quick-turn biocompatible metal and polymer prototypes.
"With additional equipment and laser technicians, we'll be able to accommodate two- to five-day lead times for prototypes, depending on the project and material," says Jim Bartel, Spectralytics' president.
The company works with many major medical device OEMs in cardiovascular, neurovascular, drug delivery, and orthopedics. The new facility was built in response to customer needs for increased prototyping and development support to help get their products to market faster.
The 15,000-sq-ft. facility will include:
- Laser cutting, welding, and ablation machines at multiple wavelengths and speeds;
- Laser-machined components in tube, sheet, wire, sub-component, and other raw stock shapes;
- Capacity to scale into commercial, high-volume production;
- 100+ stocked materials, including metals, polymers, and composites;
- Class 10,000 cleanroom;
- Post-processing services, including marking, annealing, chemical cleaning, passivation, texturing, electropolishing, assembly, and heat shrinking; and
- Inspection capabilities.
For more information, please visit www.spectralytics.com/development-center.