Medical Devices

Startup uses 3D printer to prototype products, bring assembly in house

In addition to bringing the toothbrush into the 21st century, Beam Brush is changing the prototyping process for medical device startups.

“We are one of the first consumer medical device companies to use 3D printers and one of the first companies to own the Replicator 2,” co-founder Alex Fromeyer said.

Beam has used the 3D printer for prototyping and manufacturing.

“We wanted to build a stand for our toothbrush because early customers had started asking for one,” he said.

By using the printer to get the initial design right, Beam sent the final spec to the manufacturer.
“We didn’t have to engage the mold maker at a cost to us because we were 90% of the way there,” he said.
The mold maker just had to transfer the spec from the maker bot format to its software and start making the mold.

“We also built our own supply chain and we do packaging and fulfillment,” he said.

Check out the slide show above to see how Fromeyer, Alex Curry and Daniel Dykes have used the printer to make manufacturing and assembling the brushes easier as well.

Veronica Combs

I was the editor in chief at MedCityNews.com. I started writing and editing in the print world and joined a dotcom right before the 2000 crash. I was at TechRepublic/CNET/BNET for 7 years. Health was more interesting to me than the latest version of Windows, so I left for a startup tracking prescription drug news. A year later, MedTrackAlert was acquired by HealthCentral, so I shifted to audience research. The fun of daily news and interviewing smart people brought me to MedCity News in February 2012. More posts by Author

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