3D printer validation for medical applications, where do you start?

The validation of any production process is about being in control of that process. In manufacturing with 3D printers, controlling the complete production process can be a tricky and time consuming job. A clear view of what is required and a step by step approach can help manage the validation process. This presentation will include a rough overview of what is involved in 3D printer validation by discussing an example.

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Reshaping Electronics for Healthcare sector

shweta Agarwala

Sustainability and health are two of the global challenges recognized by UN. Electronics is the pillar that supports the innovation in these sectors. However, current electronic components are non-biodegradable and release toxins in environment, while the implanted electronics is not compatible with soft human tissues. The aim of my research is to overcome these challenges through i) development of novel electronic material library, and ii) next-generation devices with new form factors.

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Design and additive manufacturing of devices for orthotics and prosthetics

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A presentation by Helda Pahlavani, Faculty of 3mE, Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, Delft University of Technology.

The patient-specific (PS) design of prosthetics and orthotics is a common approach to design various medical devices (e.g., transtibial sockets). Such PS designs are based on the patient’s anatomy obtained from different medical imaging modalities thus allowing for better fixation and improving the patient’s comforts and enabling successful rehabilitation.

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The revolution of additive manufacturing technology in scoliosis braces

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Additive manufacturing technologies have been revolutionizing the design and manufacturing of medical devices in particular by its ability for personalization and design freedom, that can bring great improvements for the design and manufacturing of scoliosis braces.

A presentation by Maria Cristiana Ferreira Da Costa, Postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University, Mechanics of Materials and Structures.

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Photo-crosslinkable polymer platform to serve medical applications

Sandra van Vlierberghe

presentation by Sandra Van Vlierberghe, Ghent University.

Biofabrication is a specific area within the field of tissue engineering which takes advantage of rapid manufacturing (RM) techniques to generate 3D structures which mimic the natural extracellular matrix (ECM). A popular material in this respect is gelatin, as it is a cost-effective collagen derivative, which is the major constituent of the natural ECM.

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