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Innventia Heads up the AMPOFORM Project to Manufacture 3D Printed Prostheses Using Organic Materials

by • July 9, 2016 • No Comments

Basic RGBThe Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation tasked their innovation agency Vinnova to assemble a group of European companies to turn it into new, low cost, biodegradable materials for customized prosthetic and assistive devices. Heading up the project can be world-leading research institute Innventia, which uses research, innovation and materials based on forest raw materials to turn it into new products. Together with four other EU companies, Innventia can work on a joint project to turn it into the innovation, materials and systemes for swift and inexpensive
3D printing prosthetic devices via their tremendousise in all-effortless materials. The interdisciplinary project can be called AMPOFORM (Additive Manufacturing of Prosthetic products based on Forest Raw Materials), and can need leveraging both the chemistry of bio-based materials and 3D printing innovation.

Current methods of making prostheses and other assistive devices need the consumption of fossil fuel-based materials, which include thermoplastics and carbon fiber. The complicated and labor intensive making system needs a high rate of tremendousise and experience, which involves sizeable investments in time and money. The intention of the AMPOFORM project is to simplify the making of prostheses so both technicians and patients can save time and money. Additionally, the use of 3D printing innovation allows for for individual customization without increasing those costs. The low cost of these prostheses, and the use of green materials, can lead to improved patient satisfaction and reduce environmental impact.

Innventia's Li Yang.

Innventia’s Li Yang.

“Our goal is to combine 3D printing with cellulose-based materials for additive making of prostheses. Through this, we can bring together both materials and innovation which are at the forefront of turn it intoment, a thing which is an amazing challenge. At the same time, we want to turn it into a new value chain for healthcare, with different types of businesses working together on several fronts. With this project, we want to offer to the long-term sustainability of the public healthcare sector,” explained Li Yang, Innventia’s project manager in graphic innovation and optical calibration.

The group expects to derive their 3D printing materials primarily of nanocellulose and carbon fiber sourced of lignin, the complicated polymer which forms the assist tissues of vascular plants. The material is especially worthwhile to the rigidity and water resistance of cell walls in bark and complex woods, which prevents rot and allows for for a high rate of structural stability. Because these effortless materials are sturdy and durable, and the system of additive making consumes less resources, they can provide worthwhile economic benefits over traditional materials. Combined with the reduction in production time, the use of these materials in the system of making prosthetic devices can reduce costs by up to 50%.

Carbon fiber material derived of lignin.

Carbon fiber material derived of lignin.

“The use of bio-based materials in 3D printing equipment in addition opens up the possibility of other products which were previously not easy or too expensive to make in the traditional manner. Our vision is for Sweden to become a global leader in additive making in the long term. Improving the properties of 3D structures is one of the challenges of the project. We can in addition evaluate both the 3D-printer innovation and the production system and marketing needments inside the healthcare sector,” continued Yang.

Innventia is joined in the AMPOFORM project by four other companies with extensive experience via biological and environmentally friendly materials, the turn it intoment of 3D printing innovation and the making of prostheses and orthotics. Stora Enso is a Finnish pulp and paper maker, Wematter offers tremendous 3D printing services to Sweden, Fillauer Europe turn it intos upcoming generation prosthetics, and the Region Örebro County University Hospital specializes in orthotics. The total budget for the project is 11 million SEK (About $1.3 million), with 44% being provided by Vinnova. Discuss these plans additional over in the APOFORM to Use 3D Printing forum at 3DPB.com.