IDEE supports the researchers and clinicians of the MUMC+ by prototyping innovative technology. In these developments, 3D printing technology plays an increasing important role. An excellent example is the development of patient-specific implants based on a CT scan of the patient: the first 3D printed titanium skull implant was ground-breaking. Recently, a model of a patient specific mitral valve was realized out of tissue mimicking silicone by cleverly combining mold design and 3D-printing, thereby enabling a genuine pre-operative training of mitral valve repair. By establishing an easy-accessible 3D printing facility on-site, IDEE aims to pave the way for the development of novel medical applications of 3D printing.
About Bart Beulen
Bart Beulen MSc PhD obtained his PhD in biomedical engineering in 2009 after graduating with a Masters’ degree in Applied Physics in 2005, both at the Eindhoven University of Technology. At IDEE he contributed in the development of various innovative biomedical technologies. In his current position, he closely collaborates with scientists at the MUMC+ to initiate and support novel research projects in which innovative technology is developed.
The faculty service Instrument Development Engineering and Evaluation (IDEE) supports the scientific and applied clinical research performed at the Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+) by prototyping and development of innovative medical and life science technology, such as specific instruments, devices, custom fit implants and software.