FHNW - Hochschule für Life Sciences

Medical Additive Manufacturing - implant design, production, material sciences and AM process qualification

About

The Institute for Medical and Analytical Technologies (IMA) has a long tradition and expertise in Additive Manufacturing (AM). IMA is a driving force for applied research in AM for MedTech industries and clinics. The institute is well connected throughout Europe and was involved in several European and national funded projects.
IMA runs several Selective Laser Melting machines for metals. Beside testing different metallic materials i.a. NiTi or Magnesium, IMA is running a qualified AM process for the production of titanium implants.
In terms of ceramics IMA is doing research with bone replacing materials like Hydroxyapatite and Tricalcium-Phosphate.
Further on IMA operates different polymer machines, either for UV curable acrylic multi-materials or as extrusion plotters for ABS, PLA, PCLA or laser sintering machines for PA.
Beside this unique AM and process quality expertise, IMA has established complementary knowhow towards Industry 4.0. We are developing novel AM processes and softwa... Read morere solutions to shift and distribute design and manufacturing skills to end-users. This allows different industries to develop new business models and new service designs along with AM and digital manufacturing.

The School of Life Sciences FHNW is supporting the interdisciplinary common research on AM related topics. Beside IMA's excellent expertise for AM and its side processes, as described in the paragraph above, we could combine further Life Sciences expertise for AM related topics.
Together with the Institute for Chemistry and Bioanalytics (ICB) and their in-depth knowledge in cell-breeding and bacteria-test labs, we could bring AM structures into pre-clinical biological condition and check their impact on biology.
This widens the portfolio of AM research applications dramatically and ends-up in cell and bacteria processing knowledge which is used to run our latest AM and biomedical research field - 3D Bio-Plotters.

Preferred Industries: Dental, Medical

Locations
Muttenz, Switzerland
Hochschule für Life Sciences - FHNW
Contact Person: Ralf Schumacher

Gründenstrasse 40
4132 Muttenz
Showcases (1)

Titanium implants made by Selective Laser Melting

The School of Life Sciences of FHNW operates a qualified Selective Laser Melting process to manufacture medical products in titanium grade 2. Such implants are approved for the use in humans already today.


Research focus
FHNW - Hochschule für Life Sciences is a research institute, which focuses in the following areas:
Production of custom machines
Prototyping
Small series
3D Scanning
CT / MRI data preparation
Development of parametrized CAD models
General engineering services
Product development
Reverse engineering
Simulation (FEM)
Chemical analytics
Materialography
Metallography
Microscopic material analysis
Non-destructive material testing
Non-destructive surface testing
Optical measuring
Physical material testing
Tactile measuring
Application development
Material development
Technology development

Primary forming

3D printing
Binder Jetting
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Class
Ceramic
Group
Hydroxyapatite
Product
 
Group
Tricalcium Phosphate
Product
 
Show equipment (1)

Zcorp / 3D Systems Spectrum Z510 (1x)
Fused Deposition Modeling
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Class
Plastic
Group
PLA
Product
 
Show equipment (2)

MakerBot Replicator Z18 (1x)
MakerBot Replicator+ (4x)
Laser Melting
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Class
Metal
Group
Titan / titanium
Product
Ti Grade 2 (No vendor information)
Show equipment (3)

ReaLizer SLM 100 (1x)
ReaLizer SLM 125 (1x)
SLM Solutions SLM 250 HL (1x)
Laser Sintering
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Class
Plastic
Group
PA 12
Product
 
Show equipment (1)

Sintratec S1 (1x)
Photopolymer Jetting
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Class
Plastic
Group
Photopolymer
Product
Objet ABS-like Digital Material (Stratasys)
Objet TangoBlackPlus (Stratasys)
Objet VeroWhitePlus (Stratasys)
Show equipment (2)

Stratasys Objet 260 Connex (1x)
Stratasys Objet Eden260V (1x)
3D printing
Consulting
Product development
Workshops
General Information
Website
Company size
Founded in
Listed since
101-500 employees
2006
2016
We speak
Dutch, English, French, German
Your contact person at FHNW - Hochschule für Life Sciences

Get in contact with:

Prof. Dr. Erik Schkommodau
Head of Research and development
Field of competence: Medizintechnik

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