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Know Your Medium: Designing for Additive Manufacturing

Thursday, June 15
9:15 am - 10:00 am
Tech Center

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Speaker

Lucas200x200Eric M. Lucas, Ph.D.
Project Engineer
NextStep Arthropedix

 



 


Description


Additive Manufacturing (AM) provides engineers and designers with novel and unique capabilities that complement rather than replace traditional subtractive manufacturing. Not all AM is the same: learning the strengths and limitations of each specific technology is key to making the best use of it. AM is particularly well-suited for lattice/cellular structures, manifolds and custom or low quantity parts. The best uses of AM require the engineer to "rethink" the need and design for the process, rather than just hit "print" on an existing design.

 


Attendee Takeaways

  1. Learn – truly learn – the strengths and limitations of AM technology
  2. How to use the technology to optimize your design
  3. Part completion, the importance of cleaning and finish work

Bio

Dr. Lucas is an accomplished and exceedingly driven engineer with experience in medical device research and development, including the creation and launch of several FDA-cleared Class II orthopaedic joint replacement systems.

He began his career with an ISO 13485 Certified contract medical device manufacturer, acquiring an intimate knowledge of design for manufacturing, and receiving his first exposure to additive manufacturing. He then moved to a closely associated medical device startup, where he worked to clear a novel, minimally invasive unicondylar knee system. He received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Clemson University in the Laboratory of Orthopaedic Design and Engineering, focusing on research and development of novel orthopaedic technologies, and making extensive use of additive manufacturing. He is currently Engineering Team Lead of Hip at NextStep Arthropedix, where he is using additive manufacturing to create everything from prototypes and instruments to surgical implants, including an EBM-generated acetabular cup.


Helpful links: Additive Manufacturing Experts Talk Quality | Additive Manufacturing News