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#FounderFriday: KUMOVIS | The new ecosystem for medical 3D printing

Kumovis enables the creation of medical products that bring outstanding benefit to the healthcare sector and especially its patients. Driven by the sector’s needs, they create new technologies, develop sound processes and provide materials.

Kumovis got its start at the Technical University of Munich by five alumni in fields ranging from medical technology to polymer engineering. They co-founded the company focusing on 3D printing medical devices with high-performance and biodegradable polymers. Just two years later, in 2019, Kumovis released the R1 3D printer introducing a system for decentralized clean room production to the medtech market.

The Kumovis R1 is the world’s first FLM 3D printer built for medical production. The R1 allows for 3D printing medical devices with materials such as PEEK, PPSU, PEI or PEKK while retaining original properties.

It is one thing to process materials such as PEEK, PPSU or bioresorbable polymers – quite another to 3D print implantable and functionalized medical devices out of them. This is why the Kumovis R1 has a fully controllable temperature management system that is supported by Laminar airflow enabling homogenous temperature distribution. The R1 also has a built-in clean room environment as well as a real-time monitoring system of all the processes and data.

On top of the technology, Kumovis also delivers a range of services including 3D printer installations, on-site trainings and medical product design, among others.

INAM was introduced to Kumovis through our friend Marie Asano at High-Tech Gründerfonds who were one of Kumovis’ seed investors. You can hear Marie Asano’s praises for the team on our podcast episode with her on Start Up the Science.

In more recent news, Kumovis announced earlier this year that they have raised €3.6 million in a series A funding round. With this, they plan to enter new markets, accelerate growth and enable medical device manufacturers to utilize its high-performance polymer 3D printing technology.

Kumovis is always looking for new partnerships with medical device manufacturers and clinics.

If you are interested or would like to get in touch with the team, visit their website

Make sure to catch them on our podcast Start Up the Science which airs on Tuesday, 22 September 2020!

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