FREE Webinars Before the Conference

 

Take advantage of these FREE webinars before attending the MicroManufacturing Conference & Exhibits featuring the Medical Manufacturing Innovations Series

 

Title: Atomic Force Microscopy: Enabling Characterization of Biological Structures and Forces at the Nanoscale
Hosted by the Manufacturing Education & Research Community
This webinar focuses on the application of atomic force microscopy (AFM) for nanoscale characterization of biological structures. AFM facilitates high-resolution 3D imaging and highly sensitive measurements of interaction forces of biomolecules and biomolecular complexes under near-physiological conditions. As a surface characterization technique, AFM can provide researchers with insights into not only how biomolecules interact with each other but also how their interactions with surfaces, such as a biomaterial, can affect structure and behavior both in situ and without sample modification.

Title: MicroManufacturing: Getting Even Smaller
What is micromanufacturing and how is it used? With applications in nearly every manufacturing area, understanding how micromanufacturing is different from traditional manufacturing can make all the difference. This program will focus on the challenges in several areas including micro machining, micro molding, micro workholding, micro forming, and micro metrology.

Title: Micro Molding: Differences Beyond Size to Traditional Molding
Hosted by the Plastics, Composites & Coatings Community
Micromolding involves more than making things smaller. This webinar provides an overview of existing micromolding technologies including injection molding, insert molding and two-shot molding. With application for both micro parts, and micro and nano features, discussion will focus on process parameters and materials.

Title: Micro Molding with Resorbable Materials
Hosted by the Plastics, Composites & Coatings Community
As implantable and resorbable molded parts approach micro or nano in size, even a toothpick-sized runner is still too large and too costly. Resorbable raw material costs are between $3,000-$22,000/lb. This presentation explores design for manufacturing solutions for micromolding with resorbable polymers and creating net-zero material losses in runner and sprue scrap.

Title: Three-Dimensional Surface Measurement Improves Precision Component Design and Production
Two-dimensional, stylus-based metrology systems have quantified surface finish and shape for over 50 years. Ra, Rz, Rpm and other 2D parameters are recognized standards for roughness control. However, as requirements on performance, reliability, and cost tighten, 2D measurements are increasingly unable to properly define and control surfaces. Stylus-based systems typically measure a very small fraction the total surface, have difficulty obtaining consistent results, are prone to tip breakage, and can't detect many increasingly critical surface properties from a 2D trace.

Title: Tissue Reconstruction & Hydrophobic Polymers
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The demand in the United States for materials that can be used to restore and improve tissue or joint function is staggering. Replacement materials are used in millions of dental-oral-craniofacial procedures, ranging from tooth restorations to major reconstruction of hard and soft tissues. This webinar will focus on efforts to develop new materials that are compatible with the wet oral environment and resistant to the salivary enzymes that degrade polymeric-based biomaterials.

Title: ASTM-F42 and Its Impact on Additive Manufacturing in Medical Devices and Implants
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Presenter: Shane Collins, Technical Director, Powder Bed Fusion Consulting
Synopsis: This webinar reviews the ASTM-F42 standard and its impact on additive manufacturing in medical devices and implants. Attendees will get a general idea of the standards being developed and the benefits it would have for manufacturers and consumers. In addition, the webinar will review the projected timeline for establishment of different standards, specialized standards for medical applications of AM components or use of medical CAD for design and fabrication of implantable components. It will also attempt to address how the standards are eventually intended to impact the FDA approval and reimbursement process.

Title: Three-Dimensional Surface Measurement Improves Precision Component Design and Production
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Presenter: Erik Novak, Director of Technology Development, Bruker Nano Surfaces Division
Synopsis: This webinar outlines the generation and correlation of 2-D and 3-D results, as well as the challenges and opportunities associated with migration to 3-D measurements. A variety of examples will be presented illustrating the use of 3-D metrology for both design and high-volume process control.

Title: Laser Plastic Welding
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Presenters: Josh Brown, Marketing Development Representative, LPKF Laser & Electronics, Plastics Welding Division, and Sean Flowers, Applications Engineer, Edison Welding Institute
Synopsis: Laser plastic welding has been around for decades, but with an ever increasing demand for smaller, more intricate and sensitive devices, laser plastic welding is growing to become a major player in plastics joining methods. Find out what laser plastic welding has to offer and why it is a driving force behind innovative devices in the medical and automotive industries.

Title: Direct Digital Manufacturing of a Forearm Crutch Grip
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Presenters: Adam McLaughlin, Jordan Tye, Lisabet Sizer and Mark Damplo, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Synopsis: In this presentation, Adam McLaughlin, Jordan Tye, Lisabet Sizer and Mark Damplo from the University of Massachusetts Lowell explain the process by which they came up with, prototyped and developed a forearm crutch grip using the direct digital manufacturing (DDM) process. The crutch features a custom handgrip, specially made to fit the user's hand, integrated iPod controls to allow for easier walking while listening to music and an integrated flashlight. Their design won first place in the 2011 Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition.

Title: Laser Heat Treating — Hardening of Metals
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Presenter: David Krattley, Vice President of Sales, Laser Equipment Division, Preco Inc.
Synopsis: During this webinar, attendees learn about laser heat treating (hardening) and how it compares to competing non-laser processes, which materials are well suited for laser heat treatment (hardening), and special optics and techniques for implementing this technology. An overview of the equipment required for laser heat treating (hardening) is also provided.

Title: Tissue Reconstruction & Hydrophobic Polymers for Medical Use
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Presenter: Paulette Spencer, DDS, PhD, University of Kansas
Synopsis: The demand in the United States for materials that can be used to restore and improve tissue or joint function is staggering. Replacement materials are used in millions of dental-oral-craniofacial procedures, ranging from tooth restorations to major reconstruction of hard and soft tissues. This webinar will focus on efforts to develop new materials that are compatible with the wet oral environment and resistant to the salivary enzymes that degrade polymeric-based biomaterials.

Title: Laser Processing in the Medical Industry 101
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Presenter: Geoff Shannon, PhD, Market and Application Development Manager, Miyachi Unitek Corp.
Synopsis: Laser processing has been widely adopted within the medical industry, and utilizing laser technology offers unique capabilities to meet manufacturing challenges. This webinar provides an overview of laser processing for the medical industry, and it will cover the key benefits of the following, including many application examples: microwelding, marking and fine cutting.

Title: Mechanical Factors in Arterial Disease – Aging, Hypertension and Arterial Elasticity
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Presenter: Stephen Greenwald, PhD, University of London
Synopsis: This webinar explores the way in which the structure and composition of large arteries near the heart change with age, thus making them stiffer and how this increase in stiffness leads to high blood pressure, the main cause of death in the developed world. It discusses possible biomechanical reasons for blood pressure variability in populations and concludes with a brief description of a new treatment based on manipulating arterial mechanical properties.

Title: Multi-Microfluidics Array Printing of High Resolution Construct for Tissue Engineering
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Presenter: Jack Zhou, PhD, Drexel University
Synopsis: Electrowetting based microfluidics array printing is a new solid freeform technology that can meet the challenges of high resolution (less than 10 mm) manufacture of hydrogel scaffolds, cell placement, growth factor delivery, and vascularization for soft tissue engineering. The technology of the solid freeform fabrication (SFF) system used in research conducted at Drexel University will be presented.