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Additive Manufacturing - Mechanical Test Methods

GE Additive Tech Center | Wednesday, June 13 | 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Speaker: Andrew Smith, PE, Manager, Joint Arthroplasty, Element Materials Technology



    While all attendees will benefit from this session, the check marks indicate the skill level and roles that this session targets.
    Beginner  |   Intermediate  |  Advanced

√ Product Management
 √ Quality Control
 √ Regulatory/Clinical Affairs
Supply Chain Management



Medical devices fabricated from additively manufactured materials must undergo a variety of mechanical tests before receiving regulatory approval. Due to the complexity of manufacturing processes and the limited clinical knowledge of AM devices, they are subject to additional scrutiny by manufacturers and Notified Bodies. Several test methods for characterizing AM devices will be presented, as well as the differences between testing AM devices and devices fabricated with traditional machining methods.

Attendee Takeaways

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



Smith 200x200Andrew Smith, PE, is Manager of Joint Arthroplasty for Element Materials Technology. He has worked in orthopaedics and biomechanics since 2005, and with additive manufacturing since 2011. At Element Materials Technology, Mr. Smith’s group conducts a wide array of material characterization and product qualification tests for replacement knees, hips, shoulders and other joints. In addition, he oversees Element Cincinnati’s tribology and metallurgical labs, as well as the site’s safety program. He is well-versed in a variety of test methods used to evaluate medical devices and has partnered with several customers to bring devices to market in North America, Europe and Asia. He is an active member of ASTM’s Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices. Mr. Smith received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, focusing on Solid Mechanics and Biomechanics, from the University of Toledo.