SME’s Local Detroit Chapters Team Up With University Of Michigan And 3DHEALS Detroit To Offer 3D Printing In Healthcare Event
This free event included a tour of the U of M’s Duderstadt Center’s Fabrication Studio, which offers work surfaces, hand tools, several types of 3D printers, a laser cutter, a small CNC-printed circuit board router, a 3D laser scanner, computers and electronic workbenches. Attendees were also given a tour of the university’s Dow Manufacturing Lab.
Keynote speakers included:Dr. David Zopf, an assistant professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology and a professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, offered information on using 3D printing for preplanning surgery and educational purposes. Among other innovations, he and his team have developed a patient-specific, 3D-printed airway splint, culminating in a landmark “New England Journal of Medicine” article detailing this innovation as well as the potential of 3D printing in general for the production of personalized medical devices.
Dr. Gustavo Mendonca, a professor in the School of Dentistry/Biologics, Material Sciences and Prosthodontics at the University of Michigan, spoke about digital dentistry. Dr. Mendonça’s clinical research interests include replacing missing teeth with dental implants, evaluating the longevity of implant treatment and CAD/CAM restorations.