Simulation of Additive Manufacturing for medical applications – Current capabilities, benefits and open challenges

Patrick Mehmert

by Patrick Mehmert, Product Manager Additive Manufacturing, Simufact Engineering GmbH

Simulation of additive manufacturing processes gets more and more powerful and widespread in industrial applications. Also for medical applications the simulation of the production before the real print offers valuable benefits. Manufacturing problems can be identified in advance and countermeasures developed before a print fails. For geometrical critical applications the distortion prediction and compensation is very helpful.

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VTT Finland is developing 3D technology for wound care

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VTT Finland is developing 3D technology for wound care

Cellulose nanofibrils have properties that can improve the characteristics of bio-based 3D-printing pastes. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing a 3D wound care product for monitoring wound condition in hospital care. However, the first commercial nanocellulose applications will be seen in indoor decoration elements, textiles and the production of mock-ups.

3D printing has proven to be an efficient manufacturing method for complex, customised and light structures. In addition to thermoplastics, 3D printing materials include metals, ceramics and foodstuffs. The range of biomaterials in 3D paste printing is still fairly limited, since pastes pose unique challenges: their structure must not collapse during printing and the objects manufactured must remain sufficiently strong, rigid or flexible after drying. In 3D biomaterial filaments, however, commercial products already exist. Continue reading “VTT Finland is developing 3D technology for wound care”

3D Printing as Innovation Driver for Medical Specialties

Some have claimed that the advance of medical (and computer) technology is progressing at a rate faster than the human mind can assimilate. 3D printing is simply two-dimensional printing built upwards. The most exciting aspect of 3D printing involves is the promise of healthcare solutions so tailored to the individual, only “personalized medicine”—dependent on individual gene sequencing—can compete. Continue reading “3D Printing as Innovation Driver for Medical Specialties”