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- Additive Manufacturing, the medical industry, andmaterials information - 20th October 2016
I recently attended the Additive Manufacturing for MedTech, BioPrinting, Medicine and Dental Summit in Boston and it was interesting to review the latest trends in the industry and think about their materials information implications. The event concentrated on the main challenges in Additive Manufacturing (AM) for medical, bringing together both major device companies (Stryker, GE Healthcare, Medtronic) and smaller consulting firms. It explored the latest printing techniques, ground-breaking research, and innovative materials for improving AM strategies, implementation and processes.
This generated discussions and raised questions such as: how to use AM and still adhere to current FDA regulatory process validation? What titanium devices have FDA approval and are available on the market for orthopaedics? What is the future of on-demand personalized pharmaceutical prescriptions using AM to consolidate several medicines into one pill? How to determine what materials are available for each AM printer? Is there a need for a ‘biocompatible’ plastic that can be used in Additive Manufacturing?
Hearing these questions raised and answered made me realise that AM has really opened the door to personalized medicine. As this technology advances, all aspects of patient care (including medical devices and pharmaceuticals) could be tailored to each individual patient. It really is amazing.
Of course, such flexibility will require an in-depth understanding of the materials technology involved. And this, in turn, requires research and product development teams to make the best possible use of all available information on the materials and processes involved. That’s where Granta has got involved – thinking about how to capture and securely share project data. If we can do that, we can enable: data comparison, better production knowledge, process refinement, simulation integration, and R&D coordination.
With our GRANTA MI software, for example, you can store and manage all AM process-related information (including, but not limited to, part design, powders, build information, machine parameters, characterization data). This allows you to better interpret and understand your AM process and parts using our analysis tools, support quicker qualification and certification with traceability, and cut time-to-market.
You can read more about Granta’s AM solution here