3D Food printing for better eating

Antien Zuidberg

by Antien Zuidberg, HAS Hogeschool

The presentation will be about the possible solution that 3D food printing can bring in caring homes and hospitals, for people who have dysfagia. Tests were done to see how the heating would effect the product after printing, and also effect of heating was tested on a moulded product versus a 3D food printed product.

After developing recipes and forms, a first test was performed during one week to find out how the person would react to 3D printed food and whether meals formed by 3D food printing could entice a test person to eat more food. We will share out findings so far, and further testing is planned for 2020.

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ReCleft is a reusable training simulator for surgeons


Cleft lip and/or palate (CLP) is the leading craniofacial anomaly affecting 1 in every 500-700 births. Gaining hands-on experience in cleft surgery can be difficult due to limited access within the infant oral cavity and the delicate tissues of the velum. Even minor errors may lead to complications with serious consequences for the patient. Globally, it is estimated that 250,000 infants are born with cleft lip and/or palate in low resource countries each year and it is estimated that a significant proportion are not repaired.

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Clinicians make 3D printed, patient-specific models with help from GE Healthcare and Formlabs

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Anatomical models that allow the combination of hands-on and visual communication and coordination amongst radiologists, surgeons, trainees, and patients around the world.

Historically, software designed to allow manual preparation of image data into 3D printable files has been labor intensive, requiring hours of work. Using the GE Healthcare Advantage Workstationtm (AW) advanced visualization tools, specifically designed for the medical community, radiologists are able to produce models of normal and pathological anatomy using automation techniques that will speed up the pre-3D printing preparation work by taking advantage of the AW’s diagnostic workflow.

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Simulating Additive Manufacturing – Optimizing quality, time & costs

Patrick Mehmert

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.

program: https://3dmedicalconference.com/program/

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Turning your upperjaw into a mouthguard

Arno Hermans

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.

program: https://3dmedicalconference.com/program/

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Comparing biocompatibilities of 3D-printed absorbable metal implants

Holger Jahr

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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EU-funded project GIOTTO: The next challenge for smarT nanobiOmaterials and 3D technologies to treat osteoporotic fractures

lisa bregoli

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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Individualized bone replacement parts by hybrid ceramic manufacturing

tassilo moritz

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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