by Patrick Mehmert, simufact engineering GmbH
A virtual “dry run” and prior optimization of manufacturing processes is already common in many industrial fields. Also in medical applications it can help to achieve better quality faster and less costly. This applies for single individual parts as well as for serial production. Current capabilities, benefits and open challenges of additive manufacturing simulation for medical applications are discussed.
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by Arno Hermans, 3Dmouthguard
3Dmouthguard improves the way athletes enjoy their favorite sport by using cutting edge technology to produce sports apparel. With its new AM technique, combined with the 3D filament material characteristics, 3Dmouthguard completely automates and digitizes the process of producing customized mouthguards and print them instantly. Discover the world’s first 3Dprinted sportsguard.
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by Holger Jahr, Uniklinik RWTH Aachen
Additively manufactured absorbable porous metal implants possess promising mechanical and degradation properties in vitro and thus hold potential to meet various clinical applications. A reliable evaluation of these novel implants, however, requires an improved predictability of their biocompatibility and in vivo degradation characteristics from in vitro results. Current pre-clinical in vitro evaluation of medical devices still occurs under largely static culture conditions, while dynamic interstitial fluid flow regulates clearance of degradation products in vivo.
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by Lisa Bregoli, EU funding expert, Senior Project Manager, Warrant Hub S.p.A., European Funding Division
Osteoporosis is a systemic, degenerative disorder affecting more than 200 million people in the world. In osteoporotic individuals, the density and quality of bones are reduced; this reduction occurs progressively and often without symptoms. As a result, bones become weak and the risk of fracture from a fall or, in serious cases, from minor trauma dramatically increases. These so-called fragility fractures decrease the quality and lifespan of affected patients. With progressive rise in life expectancy, osteoporosis is becoming a socio-economic challenge.
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by Gabi Janssen, DSM Additive Manufacturing
Regulations are changing, understanding the complete workflow, hazards, harms, and risk involved becomes key in developing a medical product. This is a collaborative exercise.
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by Tassilo Moritz, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS
Recently, the innovative Freeze Foaming technique has been developed by Fraunhofer IKTS which allows producing an open cellular structure with a bimodal pore size distribution.
In in-vitro tests foams made of tricalciumphosphate and hydroxyapatite have been investigated with mice stem cells showing that the cells proliferate and start to differentiate and to form collagene structures. Now this method was combined with Vat Photo Polymerization (VPP) as an Additive Manufacturing technology for ceramic materials.
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by Marek Pokorny, Contipro a.s.
In the current project we deal with surface modification of implants for large joints, which are prepared by traditional and additive technologies. Czech private company Prospon s.r.o., material scientists from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and we from private company Contipro a.s. as specialists in surface treatment of 3D surfaces with the help of an electrostatic field are involved in the project.
In my presentation I would like to draw attention to the importance of surface treatment of 3D implants intended for pharmacy. A surface layer of a metal implant affects its acceptance by the human body. The surface treatment enhances metal implant properties e.g. its biocompatibility, enhance a cell adhesion and proliferation, reduce inflammatory responses, and facilitate integration between the implant and surrounding tissues.
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by Nicholas Jacobson, MIX Design
Voxel printing is the ability to vary material point by point across a 3d printed model. This allows us to better model changes in tissue and structure in fine detail. I will be showing our latest work using voxel printed model in the OR for Neurology, Hapatobiliary transplantation, and Cardiology. Finally I’ll be covering some of our latest custom tools for modeling and 3d printing.
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by Stefan Leonhardt, Kumovis
We at Kumovis developed a specialized 3d-printing system including clean-room technology. It is capable of processing high performance polymers like PEEK, PEKK, Ultem or PPSU. Furthermore, a special focus is set on degradable polymers.
At the conference we will present our technology and show results regarding achievable clean-room class inside our 3d-printing system. Also first clinical use-cases like using our technology for the lower jaw reconstruction will be presented.
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