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#14 - 3D Printing in Medicine

New Software Designs the Implant of the Future


Courtesy of Autodesk

A new software tool for orthopedic and biomedical engineers was introduced in 2015. Autodesk Within Medical is design software for creating medical implants using a 3D printer.

More and more implants are created with 3D printing techniques and successful osseointegration (properly integrating the implant into existing bones) is one of the keys to success.

Various features of the Within Medical software facilitate determining the best structure for the implant. The user selects a type of microstructure and defines the parameters, such as thickness and spatial arrangement of lattices. The software then automatically generates the microstructure  a time consuming process if not automated. 

Once designed, even a stress analysis of the implant can be simulated.

About the Author

Kristina Müller is a freelance journalist writing mainly about nautical and medical issues.

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