Self Supporting Lattice Designs High volume production requires consistency and printability of a self-supporting lattice structure. If achieved, a self-supporting structure will requires no post print deburring or subtractive manufacturing, lending to greater dimensional consistency, at a more affordable cost. The angles of the above lattices are at 60, 45, 30, and even 15 degreesContinue reading “Self Supporting Lattice Designs”
Grain Structure Micrographs An understanding of your parts’ microstructure is critical for predicting performance. The above micrographs illustrate the microstructure of acicular alpha (white areas) in a transformed beta matrix (dark areas) with no continuous network of alpha at prior beta grain boundaries as printed, after HIP, or after Furnace Heat Treat. Let us helpContinue reading “Grain Structure Micrographs”
Atomic Fusion Deposition Surfaces Watershed is proud to offer atomic fusion deposition surfaces to complement our Titanium Additive Manufacturing downstream processes. Zirconium Nitride (ZrN) and Titanium Nitride (TiN) offer hardness and anti-galling surfaces for cutters, surgical tools, mating parts, and form tools. Chromium (Cr) is an excellent surface for preserving laser etches while also hardeningContinue reading “Atomic Fusion Deposition Surfaces”
Control Charts are “In Control” Watershed Idea Foundry’s capabilities are not only precise on a single build, but are as impressively consistent across serial production runs. The above data represents 20 serial builds on our Renishaw 500Q, each with 8 unique, worst case physical measurements per run. Additionally, the measurements were taken after post processing. This demonstratesContinue reading “Control Charts are “In Control””
Precision of Additive Manufacturing The precision and accuracy of Watershed Idea Foundry’s Additive Manufacturing capabilities are well represented even within complex lattice structures. The above 3D imaging scan details impressive tolerances as printed. High precision requires excellent equipment such as Watershed’s high volume Renishaw quad laser system or our customizable Aconity3D GmbH systems. Accuracy requires specific detail to Design forContinue reading “Precision of Additive Manufacturing”
2nd FDA Device Master File (MAF) Years of experience with upstream and downstream processes focused solely on ASTM F3001-14, Standard Specification for Additive Manufacturing Titanium-6 Aluminum-4 Vanadium ELI (Extra Low Interstitial) with Powder Bed Fusion have led Watershed to a second FDA Device Master File! Watershed Idea Foundry’s latest submission documents a wide range of proprietaryContinue reading “2nd FDA Device Master File (MAF)”
Renishaw RenAM 500Q Watershed has maintained steadfast focus on our primary goal of helping our customers achieve success through design and production of exceptional titanium orthopedic implants that truly improve patient outcomes. Our growth is supported by our investment in technology and people, as well as quality and compliance. We have proven our success withContinue reading “Renishaw 500Q Quad-Laser”
Watershed displays a Stand-Alone Additive Manufactured Cage and Screws Watershed Idea Foundry is dedicated to helping our clients transition to Additive Manufacturing while capturing clear market advantages. The Stand-Alone ALIF is an internal design with locking, printed bone screws.
Watershed unveils a fully assembled Anterior Cervical Plate Watershed Idea Foundry asked, “What happens when you provide industry veterans with state of the art Additive Manufacturing equipment?” Well, you arrive at novel approaches! In addition to features only possible via AM, we want to enable you the ability to order plates in small volumes of oddContinue reading “Watershed unveils a fully assembled Anterior Cervical Plate”
Watershed Introduces the Omni-Planar Screw Watershed Idea Foundry would like to introduce the Omni-Planar (TM) cervical and lumbar posterior pedicle screws, as 3D printed in our own facility! Seeking commercial partners willing to help us finish this novel patent protected technology. Visit us at NASS 2019!
Watershed announces FDA acceptance of our Device Master File for Titanium Additive Manufacturing Watershed Idea Foundry is very proud of the team and grateful to all of our industry collaborators. We are fully embracing Additive Manufacturing as a complementary solution to add exceptional value to our clients’ portfolios.
Watershed Announces ISO 13485:2016 and 9001:2015 certifications Watershed Announces ISO 13485 and 9001 certifications for:Contract Manufacturing: Additive Manufacturing (Selective Laser Melting) & Machining. Prototype Design and Manufacturing. Consulting: Design, Regulatory & Quality for Medical Device Companies. In House Design: Internal Design to Develop Medical Devices per FDA Guidance Documents, Licensing of Design History Files &Continue reading “Watershed Announces ISO 13485:2016 and 9001:2015 certifications”
Watershed Idea Foundry Presents at 2018 Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE – Watershed Idea Foundry, a biomedical incubator and accelerator with facilities in San Antonio, Texas and Carlsbad, California, is presenting at the 16th Annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference, hosted by MB Venture Partners at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the campus of the UniversityContinue reading “Watershed Idea Foundry Presents at 2018 Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference”
Watershed Idea Foundry Opens Center of Excellence Additive manufacturing and R&D facilities in Carlsbad and El Paso expand opportunities for biomedical innovation. SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Watershed Idea Foundry, a biomedical incubator and accelerator based in San Antonio, has opened its first additive manufacturing and R&D facilities. The Watershed Center of Excellence is in Carlsbad,Continue reading “Watershed Idea Foundry Opens Center of Excellence”
Nvision Biomedical Technologies First to Launch Devices with Structural Encoding® Additive manufacturing and R&D facilities in Carlsbad and El Paso expand opportunities for biomedical innovation. SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Watershed Idea Foundry, a biomedical incubator and accelerator based in San Antonio, has opened its first additive manufacturing and R&D facilities. The Watershed Center of ExcellenceContinue reading “Nvision Biomedical Technologies First to Launch Devices with Structural Encoding®”
Second Collaboration Between UTEP and Watershed Puts Engineering Students in Heart of Biomedical Innovation EL PASO, Texas – After a tremendously successful first course in the Fall of 2016, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and Watershed Idea Foundry are underway training the next wave of mechanical engineering students in the principles ofContinue reading “Second Collaboration Between UTEP and Watershed Puts Engineering Students in Heart of Biomedical Innovation”
Watershed Idea Foundry Unveils First Product at UDI Conference 2017 Structural Encoding represents Watershed’s first idea-to-market success. San Antonio, Texas – Watershed, an idea foundry created by Fountainhead Investment Partners, launches its first product today at the Unique Device Identification (UDI) Conference 2017 in Baltimore. Structural Encoding is the industry’s most innovative solution for medicalContinue reading “Watershed Idea Foundry Unveils First Product at UDI Conference 2017”
Watershed Idea Foundry Acquires Additive Innovations and Names First CEO Addition of Additive Innovation’s expertise and resources provides expanded commercialization and consulting services for Watershed’s intellectual property through additive manufacturing. San Antonio, Texas/Encinitas, Calif. – Watershed, an idea foundry created by Fountainhead Investment Partners, has acquired Carlsbad-based Additive Innovations. The newly merged entity will retain theContinue reading “Watershed Idea Foundry Acquires Additive Innovations and Names First CEO”
The University of Texas at El Paso Partners with Watershed for Ground-Breaking Class EL PASO, Texas – The University of Texas at El Paso and Watershed, an idea foundry created by Fountainhead Investment Partners, are announcing the completion of a public-private pilot class in the mechanical engineering department during the fall semester. In the ground-breakingContinue reading “The University of Texas at El Paso Partners with Watershed for Ground-Breaking Class”
Fountainhead Investment Partners Launches Watershed Idea Foundry SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Fountainhead Investment Partners, a San Antonio-based venture capital firm, has created Watershed Idea Foundry to focus on biomedical growth and innovation. Watershed will bring together industry experts from around the world to guide entrepreneurial ideas. “So often amazing ideas are left on napkins becauseContinue reading “Fountainhead Investment Partners Launches Watershed Idea Foundry”