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rms Company acquires 3D Systems’ DMP Flex 350 Dual

Adding to the company's portfolio of more than 30 DMP 3D printers

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rms Company, one of the largest contract manufacturers of high-quality, tight-tolerance medical devices, has added 3D Systems’ DMP Flex 350 Dual to its production workflow. rms has more than 30 3D Systems’ DMP 3D printers in its additive manufacturing facility – enabling the company to provide a complete ‘Powder to Package’ capability to medical device OEMs.

Powder to Package encompasses the entire manufacturing and post-processing workflow required to go from a digital file to a sterilized and packaged surgical suite-ready product. With the addition of the DMP Flex 350 Dual, rms reportedly believes that they will be able to expand the types of implants they produce and accelerate throughput – addressing the evolving application needs of the industry.

rms Company acquires 3D Systems' DMP Flex 350 Dual. Adding to the company's portfolio of more than 30 DMP 3D printers.
3D Systems’ DMP Flex 350 Dual.

Over the course of four years, 3D Systems has helped rms expand its portfolio of direct metal printers from one machine to more than 30. As a result, rms has cemented its reputation for additively manufacturing high-quality titanium implants. With the addition of the DMP Flex 350 Dual, which enables up to 50% productivity increases, rms will be able to increase throughput for smaller implants – including those intended for spinal applications. The company believes the same productivity increases will also open new opportunities in the production of large joint and extremity implants while allowing flexibility for existing projects.

“The increase in efficiency we get from the DMP Flex 350 Dual system creates new opportunities for larger and taller parts which were economically challenging with a single laser system,” said Ryan Kircher, senior additive manufacturing engineer at rms Company. “Another key reason rms Company decided to invest in a DMP Flex 350 Dual is that it is engineered in a way that allows us to produce the high precision, high-quality products we expect from our current installation of DMP systems without changing the processing parameters we validated when we initially developed our AM capabilities. This will allow us to explore not only new products but also reduce production times and costs on the products we are already making today.”

“The rms additive division owes a large part of our success to our customers,” said Troy Olson, director of operations in additive manufacturing division at rms Company. “Over the past several years, our customers have come to expect a continual flow of high-quality, additively manufactured medical devices. Our Powder to Package solution provides a complete end-to-end value proposition that allows us to control the entire manufacturing and packaging process flow. A key element of our process flow is the reliability and performance we get from our stable of 30-plus 3D Systems’ DMP ProX 320 and DMP Flex 350 machines. Uptime on these machines is crucial for us to maintain our customer commitments. Our printers operate on a 24/7 production cadence, which leaves little room for downtime. 3D Systems has taken these first-in-class single laser platforms and have expanded on that technology with the DMP Flex 350 Dual. During our validation process, the DMP Flex 350 Dual showed no measurable differences in mechanical properties or dimensional accuracy. We are excited to add this new capability to our existing printing operation. As we continue to scale our additive manufacturing business, the 3D Systems DMP Flex 350 Dual will be at the forefront of our growth strategy.”

rms Company acquires 3D Systems' DMP Flex 350 Dual. Adding to the company's portfolio of more than 30 DMP 3D printers.
Printed spinal implants.

The DMP Flex 350 Dual is the most recent addition to 3D Systems’ Direct Metal Printing (DMP) portfolio. This dual-laser configuration maintains the benefits of the single-laser configuration – including flexible application use and quick-swap build modules, and a central server to manage print jobs, materials, settings, and maintenance for 24/7 productivity. Additionally, the company’s unique vacuum chamber significantly reduces argon gas consumption while delivering best-in-class oxygen purity (<25 ppm). The printer also includes Oqton’s 3DXpert – the all-in-one software for industrial additive manufacturing that enables efficient preparation, optimization, lattice generation, and 3D printing of high-quality parts by streamlining the workflow from design to printing.

“Our Application Innovation Group worked alongside the rms team to develop, characterize, and validate the DMP Flex 350 Dual as a seamless solution within their production environment,” said Jeph Ruppert, director of the Application Innovation Group at 3D Systems. “Our Direct Metal Printing platform is recognized as an industry-leading technology for its ability to produce exceptionally high feature resolution parts of high chemical purity which makes it ideal for medical devices. Our collective application and technology expertise combined with the unparalleled capabilities of the DMP Flex 350 Dual is helping drive innovation for rms. They’ve established themselves as a world-class medical device manufacturer, and we are proud to be part of that journey.”

“Our collaboration with rms has spanned several years, and during that time rms has grown at a rate and scale that is truly impressive,” said Menno Ellis, executive vice president of healthcare solutions at 3D Systems. “They have not only delivered excellent solutions to the medical device community but have also grown their in-house additive knowledge, helping guide the industry to a more mature and robust position. Today, rms is expanding upon its capabilities and capacity with the addition of the DMP Flex 350 Dual. I look forward to seeing how this will enhance the breadth of applications they will be able to address for their customers, and the impact it will have for growth.”

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