Good article. In many electromechanical assemblies, Agency requirements can matter also. A polymer may be the perfect match for the strength, finish, etc. needed for the product. However, that particular grade of polymer may not have the flame retardant properties needed to pass 94V-0 at the specified thickness in order to achieve agency certification for the entire product. It is important to also consider agency requirements up front during product development to make sure the entire product can be certified.
The FDA has just released draft guidelines for using 3D printing in the design, development, and manufacture of regulated medical products. Although the recommendations are non-binding, they do set some much-needed parameters.
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