Simulation for Medical Device Development – What are the benefits?

Medical device development is an intricate process that requires a lot of research, testing, and analysis. It is a field where accuracy and precision are critical, as even the slightest error could have severe consequences. Because of this, simulation for medical device development is becoming increasingly popular.

Simulation is a powerful tool that can help medical device developers create more accurate and effective devices, and with platforms such as 3DEXPERIENCE it’s never been easier to collaborate and efficiently produce and manufacture products. 

In this article, we will explore the benefits of simulation for medical device development, as well as some key applications and use cases. 

Discovering the Benefits of Simulation for Medical Device Development 

One of the biggest benefits of simulation on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is that it can help medical device developers save time and money. Traditional testing and prototyping can be a time-consuming and expensive process, but simulation can help streamline the process.

By simulating different scenarios and testing multiple design options, developers can quickly identify the most effective solutions and reduce the number of physical prototypes needed. 

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform can help developers create more accurate and effective devices. With simulation, designers and engineers can test their devices in a virtual environment and get a better understanding of how they will perform in the real world.

This can help them identify potential issues and make necessary adjustments before the device goes into production. By catching issues early on, developers can avoid costly recalls and improve the overall safety and effectiveness of their devices. 

It also offers a range of simulation tools that can help developers optimize their designs. For example, the platform includes tools for structural and fluid simulation, as well as electromagnetic and thermal simulation.

These tools can help developers identify potential issues with their designs, such as stress points or fluid flow problems, and make necessary adjustments to optimize their devices. 

Exploring Simulation Strategies 

There are various strategies for simulation that can be used at different stages of the device lifecycle, including design, development, testing, and validation. These strategies include finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and multi-body dynamics, among others.

By incorporating these strategies, medical device manufacturers can improve the safety, efficacy, and reliability of their products, while reducing development time and costs. 

Some strategies for simulation across the medical device lifecycle include: 

  • Utilize cutting-edge mechanical, electromagnetic, and human body simulation capabilities to reduce the need for physical bench testing and improve device performance. 
  • Connect multiple engineering disciplines to eliminate design issues and accelerate time-to-market. 
  • Test and validate multiple design concepts across all physics domains (structural, fluidic, electromagnetic, thermal, etc.) to meet diverse patient needs. 
  • Improve implant design (e.g. orthopaedic and dental) by optimizing implant performance with patients’ quality of life metrics, maximizing personalization benefits. 
  • Share design data with stakeholders, manage projects, assign tasks, and collaborate efficiently to increase productivity. 
  • Ensure full traceability and target requirements are met on time and on budget. 
  • Identifies bottlenecks and increases throughput, precise planning and forecasting can accelerate your time-to-market. 

Leverage Advanced Simulation on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform 

Medical device companies face a challenging task of delivering high-quality products while simultaneously complying with strict regulatory requirements. To tackle this challenge, SIMULIA on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform offers advanced simulation capabilities that can help medical device companies innovate and validate their products faster and more efficiently. 

One of the key benefits of using SIMULIA is that it enables medical device companies to simulate complex scenarios before the actual device is manufactured. This allows engineers to identify potential design issues early in the product development process, reducing the risk of expensive rework and regulatory delays. Additionally, SIMULIA can help optimize the design of medical devices to improve their performance, durability, and safety. 

SIMULIA also helps medical device companies comply with industry regulations. It is a trusted tool, extensively validated and certified by regulatory bodies for simulating and validating medical devices. This reduces regulatory risk and accelerates the approval process. 

Additionally, SIMULIA can help medical device companies reduce costs by enabling them to identify and fix design issues early in the product development process. This can help avoid costly manufacturing errors and recalls, ultimately leading to better product quality and increased customer satisfaction. 

By using SIMULIA on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform it offers users a collaborative workspace for teams to work together in real-time, no matter where they are located. With a comprehensive suite of tools, the platform covers all aspects of product development, streamlining the process and minimizing the time spent switching between different software applications. 

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform also uses a cloud-based system, which means that users can access their projects from anywhere, at any time. This flexibility can greatly improve productivity and allow for faster decision-making. 

 To summarise, simulation is a powerful tool for medical device development, and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is one of the best tools available for simulation. By using simulation, developers can save time and money, create more accurate and effective devices, and optimize their designs.

The platform also offers a range of other tools, including collaboration, project management, and data management tools, that can help streamline the development process and ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget. If you’re involved in medical device development, then the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is worth considering. 

Are you interested in seeing how simulation could support your medical device development? To get started, simply reach out to us and our team will advise you on next steps.