M3dRES – Additive Manufacturing for Medical Research and Education – Presented by Ewald Unger, Medical University Vienna, Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, at the 3D Medical Conference, which takes place on January 30-31, 2019, at MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands.
In the last few decades Additive Manufacturing (AM), colloquially known as 3D printing, has been rapidly adopted as a cutting-edge technology gaining more importance in medical applications. Novel ideas for medical treatments using AM has reached maturity in this new field of research, with an increasing number of publications and the establishment of educational programmes in Universities across the globe. The uniqueness of AM in producing customized models with high accuracy allows planning and training of critical operations and traching of advanced medical strategies for a better patient support.
Within the scope of our infrastructure project “M3dRES – Additive Manufacturing for Medical Research”, funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), we formed a multidisciplinary research group to establish the adoption of medical AM in the Medical University Vienna and the General Hospital Vienna.
The infrastructure comprises different AM technologies to offer a wide range of printable materials, from polymers to ceramic at different scales, from 1 μm up to 0,5 m. The presentation summarizes the planning steps and the first projects within the M3dRES framework. Current efforts towards certification for in-house manufacturing of medical models and surgical guides will be also discussed, as this represents a fundamental step to optimally support clinicians from diverse backgrounds in complicated patient cases and thus bring medical AM into clinical routine.
Authors and Institutions:
Ewald Unger, Francesco Moscato
Center for Medical Pyhsics and Biomedical Engineering, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
About Ewald Unger
Ewald Unger was born in Vienna 1967.
He graduate the high school in biomedical engineering 1988 and work in this field on the Medical University Vienna since 1990.
He specialized his work in the design and manufacturing of implants for long time applications.
Based on the interdisciplinary work with researchers, his topics and developments span over a variety of medical disciplines.
2018 he got the annual prize „Inventor of the Year“.
Since 2017 he is working inside the M3dRES Project to establish Additive Manufacturing for medical research and applications on the Medical University Vienna.
About Medical University Vienna, Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
The Institute of Medical Physics and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Physics were assigned to the newly founded Medical University of Vienna after the spin-off of the Faculty of Medicine by the University of Vienna in 2004 and brought together to form the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering.