Unlike the more traditional process where vendors generate specifications, develop tooling, then thermoform the components, Christopherson said that medical device companies could use virtual design to develop packaging. "This saves time, lowers risks, and hopefully squeezes out costs," he said. "It puts the tools in the hands of the medical device company and allows for better validation. This is the way packaging development is going to be done in the future."
"Computer simulation makes it easy to design, test, and develop your package," added Montesino's Schmitt. "With a 3-D simulation you know the thick and thin points within the material" during the thermoforming process, "and you can see how a product will fit into a part and gain a much better understanding of the process."
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--By Jim Butschli, Editor