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GE Additive Tech Center
Wednesday, June 13 - Thursday, June 14

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This is the must-attend additive conversation of the year.

Additive Manufacturing’s application in orthopaedics is a business-critical subject. Orthopaedic device company decision makers and their suppliers voice frustration and concern over the lack of guidance, support and access to knowledgeable workers to help them boost or begin their additive initiatives. Precious resources are being dedicated to harnessing the potential of additive, and while many are

making progress, others lack the knowledge and support to make measurable headway. The Tech Center will host one and a half days of education provided by more than 20 additive manufacturing experts.

Wednesday, June 13

OEM R&D Leaders Discuss Additive Manufacturing Implementation and Advancement

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Moderator: Maximilian Munsch, Dr.-Ing., Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Ampower
Panelists: Michele Pressacco, Dr.-Ing., Research & Development Director, LimaCorporate; Jennifer Moore, Senior Project Engineer, K2M; 
Jessee Hunt, President & CEO, 4WEB Medical

Attendee Takeaways

  1. When to use and not use additive manufacturing—technology, cost and outsourcing perspectives
  2. How to maintain manufacturing quality
  3. Expectations for the supply chain
  4. An examination of the future of additive

Additive Manufacturing - Design Considerations Rapid Fire

11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Speakers and Topics:

Easing the Secondary Production Process During Design
Maria Pettersson, Ph.D., Orthopaedic Industry Specialist, GE Additive 

Designing Porous Structures
Alejandro A. Espinoza Orías, Ph.D., Director, Orthopaedic Surgery 3-D Printing Laboratory, Rush Medical College

Enhancing Design Through Engineering and Manufacturing Collaboration
Laura Gilmour, Global Medical Business Development Manager, EOS North America

Attendee Takeaways

  1. Considerations to make at the AM design stage for a better post-processing experience
  2. Familiarity with appropriateness concepts for AM
  3. The latest FDA guidance on AM
  4. Best practices for working with suppliers

Additive Manufacturing - Powder Considerations Rapid Fire

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Speakers and Topics:

Understanding the Cost Drivers of Metal Powders
Eric Bono, Commercial Lead, Additive Manufacturing, Carpenter Technology 

Why Your Powder Quality is Important
Frederic Marion, Ph.D., Customer Experience & Material Expertise Director, AP&C

Case Study: Properties and Applications of PEKK in Orthopaedics
Scott DeFelice, Chief Executive Officer, Oxford Performance Materials

Attendee Takeaways

  1. Guidance on evaluating the right materials for the application, and factors to consider when choosing a powder
  2. Identification and benefits of typical alloys used in orthopaedic applications

Additive Manufacturing - Cleaning: Guidance for Removing Residual Powders

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Speaker: Mukesh Kumar, Ph.D., Global Technology Director, Surface Dynamics

Attendee Takeaways

  1. Cleaning of porous structure where loosely held particles are removed
  2. Recommendations on establishing and maintaining a residue removal process

Additive Manufacturing - Mechanical Test Methods

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Speaker: Andrew Smith, PE, Manager, Joint Arthroplasty, Element Materials Technology

Attendee Takeaways

  1. Three ways that testing differs between AM and traditional devices
  2. Strategies for developing additive manufacturing testing protocols

Thursday, June 14

Additive Manufacturing - Developing a Roadmap for Regulatory Guidance and Standards

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Moderator: Lauralyn McDaniel, Industry Manager, Medical, SME
Panelists: Dan Fritzinger, Manager, Global Instrument Innovation, DePuy Synthes; Carl K. Dekker, President, Met-L-Flo; David Hwang, Spinal Device Reviewer, Office of Device Evaluation, FDA

Attendee Takeaways

  1. Current medical device additive manufacturing guidance and standards roadmap
  2. Gaps that have been identified in current guidance and standards
  3. Guidance and standards on the horizon

Additive Manufacturing - Supplier Panel

11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Moderator: Maximilian Munsch, Dr.-Ing., Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Ampower
Panelists: Laura Gilmour, Global Medical Business Development Manager, EOS North America; Gautam Gupta, Ph.D., Vice President, Business Development, Healthcare, 3D Systems; Dale Kellington, General Manager, Precision ADM; Mukesh Kumar, Ph.D., Global Technology Director, Surface Dynamics

Attendee Takeaways

  1. Greatest challenges that OEMs and suppliers face when implementing and ensuring ROI with additive manufacturing
  2. Technology misconceptions that the orthopaedic industry must overcome
  3. Ways to maintain manufacturing quality
  4. Expectations for the supply chain
  5. An examination of the future of additive