SME’s Local Detroit Chapters Team Up With University Of Michigan And 3DHEALS Detroit To Offer 3D Printing In Healthcare Event

On Jan. 16, 2020, SME’s Ann Arbor Chapter 79 and Detroit Chapter 1 held a joint event with the University of Michigan’s Mechanical Engineering Department to host a 3DHEALS Detroit 3D Printing in Healthcare event. 3DHEALS Detroit connects innovators and early adopters in healthcare 3D printing, bioprinting and related technologies.

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.

SME’s Ann Arbor Chapter 79 and Detroit Chapter 1 partnered with 3DHEALS Detroit and the University of Michigan to offer chapter members a glimpse into the exciting world of 3D printing for healthcare applications. Also in attendance is 2019-20 president of SME’s North American Manufacturing Research Institution (NAMRI) Albert Shih, PhD, FSME (pictured on the far right).
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.
Posted by Dianna Helka on Feb 14, 2020 5:30 PM America/New_York