On Monday, November 13, the very first AM Seminar at MEDICA / COMPAMED was organised. Five industry professionals spoke about 3D printing relevant to the medical world and the Seminar was concluded with a lively discussion.
The room above Hall 8B at Messe Düsseldorf where the AM Seminar took place was packed with visitors and exhibitors who wished to inform themselves on the options that 3D printing provides, as well as gain an insight in aspects to keep in mind.
A variety of printing techniques was discussed, together with various materials and the medical application possibilities.
Patient specific solutions
Daniel Bomze, Business Developer Medical with Lithoz GmbH, spoke about the possibilities, challenges, and perspectives of additively manufacturing ceramics for biomedical applications. Lithoz GmbH is a spin-off of the Vienna University of Technology and provides customer-specific solutions. During his presentation he spoke about their LCM (Lithography-based Ceramic Manufacturing) technology for use in the medical field, and the applications in medicine and medical engineering. To learn more about this presenter and his work, please read the interview with Daniel Bomze on the COMPAMED website.
Maikel Beerens (Xilloc Medical) spoke about the journey from zero to perfect patient specific implants that he undertook when he started the company Xilloc to revolutionize the implant industry. He showed quite a few short videos to make this more visual, and sometimes warned the audience first: “For the people who have a problem with blood, good luck.”
Sandra de Vos from Vosfox Medical B.V. addressed quality and regulatory issues of Additive Manufacturing. After explaining more about critical topics to consider – such as validation, verification, and transition timelines for MDR (Medical Device Regulation) – she rounded off the presentation stating “Don’t be intimidated, 3D print it!”
Implants and surgical guides
3D Systems’ Alberto Cajiao shed a light on direct metal printing in the implant industry and spoke about what metals are being used for additively manufacturing implants (titanium, CoCr ASTM F75, and Stainless Steel), part accuracy, mechanical properties, software development, and provided a range of real-life illustrations and successful applications.
Last but definitely not least was Christine Kinet, Business Development Manager with 3D-Side. In her presentation ‘How to design and manufacture just-in-time what the surgeon precisely needs’ she spoke about the advancements in personalized medicine, such as patient specific implants and surgical guides, as well as the challenges of customization and how their customisation platform can be of assistance with interaction, creation, and supervision.
The AM Seminar at MEDICA / COMPAMED was rounded off with a lively discussion in which all presenters as well as the audience participated.
To stay updated on future events on 3D printing in the medical field, please feel free to send an email to Jolanda Heunen and you will be informed first.