Design and evaluation of 3D printed instruments for eye surgery

Additive manufacturing (AM) techniques continue to evolve pushing the boundaries of what is possible to print. For example, a strong benefit of 3D printing is that complex shapes can be printed in advanced, integrated 3D layouts without the need for assembly. However, one of the main drawbacks of 3D printing is the limited manufacturing accuracy, making it difficult to create tight tolerances in miniature high precision applications.

The presentation highlights the results and the lessons learnt during the journey to tackle these two important aspects of 3D printing through the design and development of 3D printed instruments for eye surgery.

A presentation by Marta Scali, Design Engineer at D.O.R.C. Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center (International).

About Marta Scali
Marta Scali obtained her Master’s in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Pisa (Italy). After a 3-years’ experience as researcher in Norway and Germany, she landed in The Netherlands were she obtained her PhD in Biomechanical Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. Since 2019, she is Design Engineer in the R&D department at the Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center (D.O.R.C.). Her work focuses on the design and development of innovative instruments for eye surgery. She enjoys collaborating with surgeons and engineers to find solutions to medical challenges.

About D.O.R.C. Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center (International) B.V.
D.O.R.C. Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center (International) B.V. is a leading manufacturing and sales company of ophthalmic equipment, instruments and liquids. Headquartered in Zuidland, The Netherlands, D.O.R.C. exports its equipment and instruments to more than eighty countries worldwide and has its own sales and marketing in the USA, Belgium, France, Germany, Scandinavia, UK, Austria, Spain, Italy, Brazil and the Middle East. D.O.R.C.’s vision is to deliver the best ophthalmic technology that enables surgeons to improve the quality of life for people with eye disorders.

Marta Scali is speaker at the 2022 edition of the 3D Medtech Printing Conference, which is part of the 3D Medical Printing Series.

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