Impact of Medical Device Trends on the Mould Making Industry in 2021
Plastics are in every part of our life. While plastics tend to have a bad reputation, plastics are a necessary part of the medical industry that help to save lives. And the mould making industry is vital to producing these life saving devices.
As the famous saying goes: “bigger is better”. But in the medical industry, quite the opposite is true. There are 3 main trends that are driving the medical device industry:
1. Patients are demanding less invasive procedures and faster recovery time
Patients prefer minimally invasive surgeries because they have a quicker recovery time, fewer post-op complications, and better patient outcomes. These procedures require high-tech devices that can be made of tiny, complex micro plastic parts. Because of the growing demand of minimally invasive procedures, we also see an increase in demand for small mould production and increase in higher precision parts.
2. Medical devices that have to be attached or carried on the body, need to be lighter and more compact
Since there is a push for shorter hospital stays, there is a demand for upgraded portable monitoring equipment that can physically go with the patient through recovery. Because of this, there is more focus on smaller, lighter and more portable medical devices. And in order to accomplish this you need smaller and lighter plastic parts.
3. Better user experience and building data eco-systems
Data is the biggest trend in every industry including medical. And by data, we also mean more digitization and a trend towards further developing digital health which will be a key part in providing better patient care and a better experience. For the mould making industry this means a higher demand in electro-electronic parts.
Overall, the trend for the medical industry is towards better patient care which translates to higher demand in minimal invasive procedures, more compact, lighter and portable medical devices and providing better user experience by developing digital eco-systems.
With these trends becoming the norm, there will be a greater need for specialised high precision mould makers to adapt and fulfil the ever-growing demand.
At VANGEST, our small mould making factory (Advanced Tool Technology), takes a proactive approach by constantly analysing the evolving markets and adapting to emerging trends. Our factory is equipped to produce high precision moulds for the smallest of parts. Our expert team dedicated to small moulds has vast experience and treats each mould as a contribution to the betterment of the medical device industry.