GRAND RAPIDS — A $500,000 grant from the Grand Rapids SmartZone Local Development Finance Authority will fund a 2 1/2-year program to use 3D printing technology to create medical device parts using medical grade materials and tolerances.

The intent to cut the cost and time barriers for medical devices entering the market.

More than a dozen students from Grand Valley State University’s Padnos College of Engineering and Computing will join the GVSU Applied Medical Device Institute and the Grand Rapids medical device contract designer and manufacturer MediSurge Products LLC in the effort, which will use 3D printing technology from Redwood City, Calif.-based Carbon Inc.

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