Before 3D scanning, central fabrication (C-Fab/Lab) was already an option for clinician, but several negative aspects could surpass the benefits. In fact, the use of physical model to send to the central fabrication led to the following situation :
- Delays in the shipping of models
- Expensive shipping cost
- Model gets damaged or is lost during transportation
Since 3D scanning become more and more present in daily practice, these negative aspects are no longer a barrier to outsource your fabrication. However, as a clinician as well as a clinics manager, you can ask yourself the benefits that these C-Fab can bring you. We have tried to compare in-house and off-site fabrication in the table below.
|Clinician||Time taken away from patients and normal business functions||Time entirely dedicated to patient and normal business functions|
|Staff||Need several technicians for fabrication and to manage/hire your staff||Less staff on the payroll (very interesting in current context) nor staff management|
|Fabrication material||Need stock||Material managed by C-fab|
|Equipment||Need to buy/update/fix fabrication equipment||Fabrication equipment managed by Cfab|
|Facility||Need space for clinics and fabrication team||Need space for clinics only|
|Fabrication time||Can vary with demands, staff availability, …||Known time of fabrication|
|Process||Easier to control or do custom adjustments||Can have misunderstanding|
|Devices available||Only the ones your technicians can do||Unlimited: fabrication in different C-Fab in function of the device needed|
|Cost||Can change with material cost, mistakes, …||Predictable pricing|
According to your clinic practice, it may be relevant for you to outsource your production to a central of fabrication.
But where can you find one, and preferably close to you? 3D got you covered! Find a laboratory near your hometown with our C-Fab/Lab finder tool: