3-5 November 2021 Registration OPEN
Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
Europe/Vienna timezone

Additive manufacturing of implants directly in the clinic: chances and challenges - top or flop?

4 Nov 2021, 09:00
30m
Julius Raab Saal

Julius Raab Saal

Plenary Talk Plenary Talk

Speaker

Prof. Ute Schäfer (Medical University Graz)

Description

3D-printing of implants, tools or prostheses in a clinical setting is a highly challenging field in additive
manufacturing. It is crucial to guarantee patients as well as attending physicians at any time the highest
possible quality of material as well as printing process and this quality of course has to be reproducible
and on the highest possible level.
These requirements in the highly sensitive medical setting are highly challenging to fulfil and a broad
range of preclinical investigations have to be done, before 3D-printed can be included to the clinical
routine.
The COMET K-Project CAMed funded by two Austrian public institutions aims to bring the highly
promising technology of 3D-printing into a clinical setting to optimize treatment options by
manufacturing patient-specific implants. Companies supporting this project in the area of polymers
are Apium Additive Technologies, ARBURG and HAGE3D, who provide the innovative printing
technologies such as Fused Filament Fabrication for low and high temperature polymers or ARBURG
Plastic Freeforming.
In the first two project years of CAMed, optimal printing parameters for various promising materials
were developed together with the scientific project partners. Printed samples were analysed on their
mechanical characteristics by bending and charpy tests as well as on their clinical sterilizability and
biocompatibility. Together with segmentation and simulation of patient data and a close cooperation
with scientific partners for process development and optimization, the chance of integrating 3Dprinting
into the clinic within the next two years is getting closer and closer.

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