Development Center is designed to help medical device manufacturers speed time to market

ANAHEIM, Calif. – February 6-8, 2018; MD&M West, Booth #2935 – Spectralytics, a Cretex Medical company, announces the opening of a product development center in Maple Plain, Minn. Building upon its reputation of high-quality laser processing solutions for medical device manufacturing, Spectralytics is expanding its capabilities with a new facility, team and equipment specifically dedicated to helping customers develop concepts, validate designs, design for manufacturability and build quick-turn biocompatible metal and polymer prototypes.

“Proving a medical device design quickly is critical to speed to market. Design validation and quick-turn prototypes are the best way to do that and are key to enhancing your competitive edge,” said Jim Bartel, Spectralytics president. “With additional equipment and laser technicians, we’ll be able to accommodate two- to five-day lead times for prototypes, depending on the project and material.”

Spectralytics works with many major medical device OEMs in cardiovascular, neurovascular, drug delivery and orthopedics. The new facility was built in response to customer needs for increased prototyping and development support to help get their products to market faster.

“Having access to even more prototyping capacity through Spectralytics enables our customers to scale and grow with the same partner throughout the entire product development life cycle,” said Bartel. “Consistent quality and reliability have always been important to our customers and delivering that is how we became a trusted extension of their team. Now we’ll be able to provide that same level of service with much tighter lead times for prototyping.”

The 15,000 sq. ft. facility is located in Maple Plain, Minn., about 20 miles west of the Twin Cities and 35 miles east of the company headquarters in Dassel, Minn. The facility will include:

  • Laser cutting, welding, and ablation machines at multiple wavelengths and speeds
  • Laser machined components in tube, sheet, wire, sub-component and other raw stock shapes
  • Capacity to scale into commercial, high volume production
  • 100+ stocked materials, including metals, polymers and composites under one roof
  • Class 10,000 Cleanroom
  • Post-processing services, including marking, annealing, chemical cleaning, passivation, texturing, electropolishing, assembly, heat shrinking and more
  • Inspection capabilities

For more information on Spectralytics’ new development services, visit the Spectralytics booth at MD&M West (#2935) or online at


About Spectralytics
Spectralytics is a laser cutting and processing contract manufacturer serving the global medical device industry. Spectralytics offers laser cutting, welding, drilling, ablation, marking, electropolishing, assembly, and engineering services for cardiovascular, neurovascular, drug delivery and orthopedic applications. As part of the Cretex Medical family of companies, Spectralytics is committed to consistency, cost efficiency and quality standards, and can provide a solution to virtually any medical manufacturing need through its partner companies.
Spectralytics has 175 employees across 3 manufacturing facilities and is ISO 13485 certified.
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