Workshops The Next Generation of 3D Printing

3D Printing in Medical/ Dental Applications

In recent years, the possibility to utilize new design methodologies in patient specific customizations, has led to marked improvement in the medtech industry. This improvement and new possibilities can be seen in many applications, such as patient specific implants personalized medicines, external patient specific bracing, medical devices and diagnostic equipment. 3D printed pharma got recently a lot of attention. The motivation for pharmaceutical companies to explore the potential of printed pills is the ability to personalize medicines (pills with fully personalized prescriptions, multi-ingredient pills) and to design and fabricate microstructures that dictate the release of active ingredients (so called controlled drug release).

In this workshop, the technology development of 3D printed oral dosage forms within pharma and patient specific dental dentures/implants will be addressed, with an emphasis on the role in which additive manufacturing technologies can amplify the impact to healthcare industry.

3D Printing in Structural Free Form Electronics

The way in which conventional electronic products are manufactured consists of an assembly of various parts. This includes housings, structural elements, populated PCBs and discrete devices that are manufactured in a vertical integration fashion or outsourced and assembled in geographically distributed areas. This has been the case for decades, and the drive to reduce cost and improve quality has resulted in standardized components and sub-assemblies that are manufactured into products mass produced in enormous quantities.

3D printed structural electronics is an emerging field of technology which can enable complete freedom of manufacturing in various form factors. This technology combines conventional additive manufacturing techniques with pick & place and direct write techniques, in order to fabricate complex structural parts with integrated electronics, without the need for any product-specific tooling. It has the potential to open up various application domains where conventional manufacturing techniques are not cost effective. Applications include (but are not limited to) customized lighting, smart connectors and smart exoskeletons.

3D Food Printing

3D food printing is a new and upcoming application within the field of Additive Manufacturing and offers many opportunities to the industry. One very important question to answer is what the most interesting business cases will look like. Will this be a home use printer like a 3D food printer in your kitchen or a production machine in a factory producing unique food items that cannot be made with conventional technologies? Is the future of 3D food printing in shaping and making fun food products, towards personalized composition or designed texture and taste? 

We will provide you with our insights and possibilities and like to have an interactive workshop to get your feedback and view on the development and opportunities.

3D Printing in High Tech Applications [FULL]

Additive Manufacturing has the prospect to create new product solutions for high tech process equipment. Solutions that are very difficult to produce with traditional manufacturing solutions as milling and drilling. Often questions are asked as can the process temperature further be increased, can the heating or cooling time be reduced, can the accuracy be improved. AMSYSTEMS Center has been working on exploring opportunities for using Additive Manufacturing to extend the process window.

One of the cases, which has been investigated in detail (see Figure 1), is the manufacturing of cooling structures with very high heat transfer capability at an affordable price using Additive Manufacturing. We would like to present the cases to you, but furthermore, we would like to interactively explore new use cases for the Additive Manufacturing process for equipment development together with you.