Spectralytics has completed a dedicated product development center in Maple Plain, Minn. to speed delivery of prototypes to customers and free up the production lines in its other facilities.
Spectralytics’ two existing plants in Dassel, Minn., 55 miles west of the Twin Cities, offer laser cutting, welding, drilling, ablation, marking, electropolishing, assembly, and engineering services for cardiovascular, neurovascular, drug delivery and orthopedic applications. The company opened the development center to provide design validation and quick-turn prototypes. Its equipment and laser technicians can accommodate two-to-five-day lead times for prototypes, depending upon the project and material, according to company president Jim Bartel.
“Our customers were really demanding this service, kind of a prototyping, quick-turn on simple parts, not really complex designs,” Bartel said. “They’re trying to go through that early R&D process very fast. The pressure on our customers and the med device manufacturers today is intense and the pressure to get things turned around quickly is intense.”