3DPrint2Fiber – Combining the strength of carbon fibre with the versatility of 3D printing – Presented by Benjamin Els, Mecuris, at the 3D Medical Conference, on January 30-31, 2019, MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands
Current methods of manufacturing custom ankle foot orthotics can be a time and labor intensive process. This project aims to create a solution for difficulties experienced within the current AFO creation process, while leaving the customisation within the experienced hands of orthopaedic technicians. To achieve this, Mecuris along with its various partners, are developing a process which combines the versatility of 3D scanning and – printing with the superior material properties of carbon fiber – a combined process which aims to provide orthotic technicians with superior products and less effort involved in manufacturing.
What drives you?
Improving myself through learning from others
What are the three things you would take with you on a deserted island?
A book, a lighter, a fishing rod
What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
3D printing, augmented reality, machine learning
What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
I think that when applied correctly they could have huge impacts across multiple industries from construction to robotics
What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Like with most technologies they need to be accepted by the experienced individuals currently in the industries which can be affected by the new technology.
What do you hope people to learn from your presentation?
To see how Mecuris works in collaboration with their stakeholders to create new products. And the vision Mecuris has of not competitors but potential collaborative partners.
Mecuris develops individual orthoses and prostheses together with orthopaedic technicians and patients via the Mecuris Solution Platform. We want to play a key role in the field of digitally manufactured orthoses and prostheses. With us, orthopaedic technicians design tailor-made products and thus create a higher quality of life for their patients – within 24 hours.
About 3D Medical Conference
On January 30-31, 2019, MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands, will host a two-day event focused on 3D Medical Printing.
- Medical applications with Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality
- 3D Bio Printing
- 3D Dental Printing
- 3D Medtech Printing
- 3D Medicine & Pharmaceutics Printing
- 3D Medical & Dental Scanning
- 3D Medical & Dental Software
- 3D Medical (Bio)Materials
- 3D Medical Workflow & Planning Tools
- Legal and Regulatory issues regarding 3D Medical printing applications
The audience, a mix of academics, medical professionals, business, technology, regulation and creatives, will get an excellent overview and insight in the medical tech developments from different perspectives.
Combination tickets are available and can be purchased on the conference website.