Ricoh Opens Pioneering 3D Medical Device Manufacturing Facility in North Carolina

Ricoh USA, Inc. has unveiled its premier Point of Care 3D medical device manufacturing facility, the RICOH 3D for Healthcare Innovation Studio in Winston-Salem, N.C.’s Innovation Quarter, to revolutionize clinical outcomes and patient quality of life by providing clinicians with immediate access to customized, 3D-printed anatomic models. These models, designed for surgical planning and patient education, mark the first in a series of Point of Care facilities set to integrate with health systems. The studio addresses common challenges in acquiring patient-specific models, such as workflow disruptions and regulatory compliance, by leveraging Ricoh’s HIPAA-compliant, ISO 13485-certified manufacturing center and services.

The RICOH 3D for Healthcare Innovation Studio ensures faster production times and direct access to clinical and 3D-printing expertise. This setup facilitates collaboration among multidisciplinary teams nationwide, enhancing care quality through expert support. Additionally, the studio fosters innovation in personalized patient care and gathers data on the benefits of 3D-printed models for reimbursement purposes. “The RICOH 3D for Healthcare Innovation Studio is a foundational step in Ricoh’s vision to democratize access to precision medical solutions,” said Gary Turner, Managing Director of Additive Manufacturing, North America at Ricoh USA, Inc. Ricoh’s partnership with Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist signifies the beginning of a broader integration of Point of Care facilities in health systems across the country.

Ricoh’s 3D for Healthcare produces patient-specific models using segmented 3D print files from medical images in FDA-cleared applications. These models serve various medical fields, including craniomaxillofacial, orthopedic, cardiovascular, and neurological applications. The new facility supports the creation of a Medical 3D Printing Center of Excellence at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, in collaboration with Wake Forest Innovations. Dr. Christopher T. Whitlow of Wake Forest University School of Medicine emphasized the partnership’s potential to elevate clinical, research, and educational capabilities. The benefits of on-site 3D models include reduced operating times, redefined surgical approaches, cost savings, enhanced educational opportunities, improved diagnostic support, and decreased compliance concerns, underscoring Ricoh’s commitment to advancing medical technology and patient care.

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