On Monday the 12th of November a full-day Conference on Additive Manufacturing for healthcare applications is organised at COMPAMED / MEDICA in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Since the 3D printing market is a rapidly evolving one – especially in the medical field, with application options increasing and being tweaked each day – staying regularly updated on the possibilities is vital. Eight presenters who are all professionals in the field of Medical Additive Manufacturing will provide first-hand knowledge and insight for incorporating AM (or ‘3D printing’) in the clinical practice.
One of the presenters is Laura Kastenmayer from TRUMPF. Laura is an Application Engineer with a specific focus on medical and dental industries. She works closely together with clients who are introducing additive manufacturing to their medical production facilities. On November 12 she will present ‘Additive Manufacturing – new but not experimental anymore’.
“Improving the understanding of Additive Manufacturing will help companies to implement this technology and increase adoption.”
Additive Manufacturing – new but not experimental anymore
In her presentation Laura Kastenmayer addresses how on the one hand you often hear metal powder bed melting (PBM) will replace all conventional manufacturing technologies, whilst on the other hand only a subset of applications – mostly personalized implants – get most of the attention in the media.
Laura offers an insight in what happens beyond the hype; in the situation that in reality AM is becoming a new normality for many medical device manufacturers. In her presentation she will discuss some of the applications as well as the driving forces and explains why it makes sense to take a closer look at metal powder bed melting in the medical technology industry.
When and how did you first hear about additive manufacturing for the medical field?
I first heard about Additive Manufacturing when studying Medical Engineering at Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen-Nuremberg. The courses provided me with an overview of manufacturing technologies and their specific challenges in the medical field. Additive Manufacturing was one of the new technologies that became interesting for medical applications. Curious to learn more about this technology I started to work on additive manufacturing projects in the laser department at the university. In addition, laser beam powder bed melting was the focus of my bachelor and master thesis.
About Laura Kastenmayer
Function title: Application Engineer Medical Technology | Additive Manufacturing
Company: TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH
Laura started to work in the sales team of Additive Manufacturing (AM) at the high-tech company TRUMPF in Ditzingen in May 2017. As an application engineer in sales with a focus on the medical industry she is the technical contact for the field sales and customers directly. With detailed knowledge about the TruPrint machines and the laser beam melting process she supports clients who are introducing additive manufacturing to their medical production facilities.
Laura studied Medical Engineering at the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen-Nuremberg. During her studies she got in contact with Additive Manufacturing while working in the laser department at the university. Laser beam melting in powder bed was part of her bachelor and master thesis. Curious to know how to benefit from this technology within the medical industry she started to work at TRUMPF company with a focus on laser beam melting in powder bed for medical applications.
You attended the 3D fab+print Seminar at COMPAMED / MEDICA last year, what was your impression?
It was clear that there is a very high interest in Additive Manufacturing technologies and their benefit for medical applications, and that there are still plenty of questions that need to be discussed.
What do you hope to establish with your presentation in the Conference?
I am looking forward to having an exchange with attendees who already use Additive Manufacturing technologies or who have already gathered some knowledge and experience. I am also keen to talk to those companies that are currently taking their first steps into additive manufacturing.
What are in your opinion the greatest challenges in additive manufacturing?
In general, users and designers need to think in different ways. AM can be beneficial if people are aware of the opportunities and limitations the technology offers. They have to adapt their approach to design and their process chain to the technology and not just transfer their conventional approach and way of thinking to AM.
For Medical applications the biggest challenge is to assure quality. AM technologies are comparatively new technologies and are therefore not yet as well understood as conventional technologies. Improving the understanding of additive manufacturing will help companies to implement this technology and increase adoption.
Other speakers on November 12 include: Grégory Nolens (Cerhum), Cécile Boudot (Evonik) and Katharina Augsten (Stratasys). Here you can find the advance 3D fab+print Conference Program. Seats are limited and only available online, so be sure to register today and claim your ticket at only € 295,-.