Faculty: John E. Lincoln
Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D Printing for manufacturing of medical devices is a new and rapidly expanding field, with rapidly expanding regulatory concerns. What is it? What are US FDA stated concerns? This webinar will focus on the key elements of AM, the concerns, and a recent Dec 2017 guidance document on the subject. Medical device companies have begun adopting additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, to create devices that were previously impossible to make, personalized to the patient, or both.
3D printing can create many types of medical devices from metals, plastics, hydrogels, and even biological materials. New terms, materials usage / application, unique device construction, all raise new metrics and quality concerns. The FDA recognizes this growing technology and customization, and future possible organ replacement potential as well, and has formed their own Additive Manufacturing of Medical Products (AMMP) area within the FDA with state of the art manufacturing equipment and research methods to try to get ahead of the curve. They have also published an initial start at industry guidance with a new document.
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