Patrik Ingvarsson and Anders Nilsson are experts in virtual prototyping at Medical Solutions.

Virtual prototyping saves time, money – and lives

Digitalisation has introduced many buzzwords. One to bear in mind is ‘virtual prototyping’, which is opening up new opportunities for medtech companies to save time and money.

A virtual prototype is a digital version of a new component. Instead of creating it in the real world, you create it on a computer, ready for testing in the virtual world. 

This goes far beyond the simple dimensions of a CAD model, because creating a virtual prototype takes into account everything that happens to materials when they are processed during manufacturing. 

 

Test it on your computer

The benefits come when you include the virtual component in a complete virtual product, as this allows you to start testing immediately. 

“Want to see how many times an insulin pen with the new components can be dropped before it breaks, for example?” asks Anders Nilsson, Principal Engineer at Medical Solutions' Technical Design Center, TDC. 

“Go ahead – simulating thousands of falls in digital ‘gravity’ onto a ‘hard’ surface will tell you. This gives you immediate insights right from the start of your project. Just imagine the advantages this gives you when it comes to quality and time to market for a new product.”

 

Get it right, right from the start

Anders Nilsson has extensive experience of prototyping in medtech industries. It has convinced him of the importance of getting things right, right from the start. 

“The earlier in the process you identify an issue, the more you save in time and money investigating and rectifying it. Virtual prototyping is an amazingly powerful tool for avoiding delays and costs.”

 

Virtual products, real people

Building experience into virtualisation is TDC Medical Solutions’ forte – combining experience from real prototypes and manufacturing with insights from the digital world. 

“This is our advantage,” says Patrik, “because we can combine the best of the digital world and real-world production.” 

The technology is not only driven by the commercial pressures of time and costs, however. There is also the knowledge that bringing better products to market more quickly can be a literal lifesaver for people with medical conditions – real people, real lives, enhanced and extended by virtual prototyping.

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