EOS Displays Progress and Potential of Additive Manufacturing at MD&M East

A glimpse into the fast-approaching future of mass-customized medical devices is available at Booth #2307 during MD&M East (Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City, June 7-9). There EOS, the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering equipment, is operating an EOSINT M 280, the company’s most advanced Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS) system yet, showing how this technology can create uniquely patient-matched products that promote comfort and improve treatment.

Because laser-sintering is an additive manufacturing process, it can easily build complex geometries such as those for dental prostheses, orthopedic implants, and personalized cutting and drilling guides that reduce surgical and patient recovery times. The technology can also make lightweight porous solids or rough surfaces that promote bone growth.  A number of biocompatible, sterilizable materials, including stainless steel, cobalt chrome, titanium, polyamides, and polyaryletherketone (PEEK) are available for laser-sintering. The EOS booth will feature a broad array of existing products and prototypes in plastics and metals.

“Medical manufacturers worldwide have already discovered the benefits of one-off, best-fit designs,” says Martin Bullemer, EOS Business Development Manager Medical. “Going forward, they are pursuing validation and certification for in vivo applications.” For example, EOS  participated recently in a European Union-funded project to develop patient-matched, porous, PEEK craniofacial implants that encourage osteointegration with very good results to further develop this application.

Bullemer and Dr. Siavash H. Mahdavi of WITHIN Technologies Ltd. are giving a joint presentation titled “e-Manufacturing with Laser-Sintering for the Medical Device Industry” at the Innovation Briefs booth, #767 (1:30-1:55 p.m. Tuesday, June 7).

Also at the booth are two companies that apply emerging technologies to enhance laser-sintering applications: WITHIN Technologies Ltd., whose FEA/CAD optimization software works with plastic and DMLS systems to create strong, lightweight parts, including innovative, load-bearing lattice structures; and BESTinCLASS, a Swiss company known for its high-precision micromachining.

EOS was founded in 1989 and is today the world-leading manufacturer of laser-sintering systems. Laser-sintering is the key technology for e-Manufacturing, the fast, flexible and cost-effective production of products, patterns and tools. The technology manufactures parts for every phase of the product life cycle, directly from electronic data. Laser-sintering accelerates product development and optimizes production processes. EOS completed its business year 2009/2010 with revenues of 64 million Euros (90.4 million US$). The company employs 300 people worldwide, 250 of them in Krailling near Munich, Germany.

For more information visit: www.eos.info

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