Ricoh Opens 3D Printing Facility to Revolutionize Healthcare

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EXTON, PARicoh USA, Inc. has unveiled its flagship Point of Care 3D medical device manufacturing facility, the RICOH 3D for Healthcare Innovation Studio. Located in the Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem, N.C., this center aims to bring transformative changes to clinical outcomes and quality of life through advanced 3D printing technology.

The Innovation Studio provides clinicians with immediate access to design and manufacturing services for patient-specific, 3D-printed anatomic models. These models are crucial for surgical planning and patient education, offering a precision tool that enhances patient care.

Patient care teams often face challenges when acquiring these models, including workflow disruptions, lead time issues, and regulatory compliance. The RICOH 3D for Healthcare Innovation Studio addresses these issues by using Ricoh’s HIPAA-compliant, ISO 13485-certified 3D medical device manufacturing center. This facility leverages Ricoh’s expertise in managed services to produce high-quality, patient-specific anatomic models on-site.

By integrating 3D printing directly into the hospital environment, the studio ensures faster production times and provides in-person access to clinical resources and 3D-printing experts. This setup allows for multidisciplinary collaboration across national networks, enhancing care by bringing together a wide range of expertise and support.

The facility also increases communication and feedback between care teams and Ricoh staff, fostering innovation in personalized patient care. It focuses on collecting data about the benefits of using 3D-printed models to drive reimbursement processes.

“The RICOH 3D for Healthcare Innovation Studio is a foundational step in Ricoh’s long-term vision to democratize access to patient-specific, precision medical solutions in healthcare,” said Gary Turner, Managing Director of Additive Manufacturing, North America, Ricoh USA, Inc.

Ricoh’s technology produces patient-specific anatomic models using segmented 3D print files created from medical images in FDA-cleared applications. These models have applications across various medical fields, including craniomaxillofacial, orthopedic, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and breast procedures.

The new facility enables Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and Wake Forest University School of Medicine to establish a Medical 3D Printing Center of Excellence. This initiative, in collaboration with Wake Forest Innovations and Innovation Quarter, aims to streamline and enhance the production and availability of these critical medical models.

Ricoh’s latest venture represents a significant leap towards more precise and personalized medical care, potentially setting a new standard in the healthcare industry.

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