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3D Systems and Stryker Team Up to Advance Personalized Surgery

Friday, January 19, 2018
3D Systems, Rock Hill, SC, provider of 3D products and services and Stryker Corporation, Kalamazoo, MI, a medical technology company, have announced an exclusive distribution partnership for VSP® (Virtual Surgical Planning) and anatomical models for the craniomaxillofacial specialty. This partnership will drive the availability of personalized surgical planning and techniques to healthcare professionals.

3D Systems’ VSP (virtual surgical planning) enables patient data collected through CT and MRI scans to be converted to a 3D digital model, which is use to design patient-specific surgical guides.
3D Systems’ VSP technology received FDA market clearance as a service-based approach to personalized surgery, combining expertise in medical imaging, surgical simulation and 3D printing. The surgeon initiates the process, bringing their clinical knowledge and desired surgical plan to an online web meeting with a 3D Systems biomedical engineer to simulate and plan the surgical procedure. The outcome, a digital plan, transfers to the operating room via accurate 3D printed patient-specific models, guides and templates.

“Collaborating with surgeons to deliver the best possible patient outcomes is of the utmost importance to our company,” says Kevin McAlea, executive vice president, general manager, metals and healthcare, 3D Systems. “With the advancement of 3D printing, combined with the surgeon’s ability to use our Virtual Surgical Planning and anatomical modeling technologies, a patient’s life can be forever changed. It provides surgeons with the ability to have a clear 3D visualization of a patient’s anatomy and to develop a customized surgical plan prior to even entering the operating room.”

3D Systems has provided VSP or anatomical services in more than 100,000 personalized medicine cases. Stryker’s Craniomaxillofacial business specializes in providing patient-specific options and innovative solutions that help drive efficiencies in surgical suites.

“This partnership allows us to better support the rapidly evolving needs of our customers and accelerate innovation in the area of personalized medicine,” says David Mercado, vice president and general manager, Stryker. ”We are very pleased that 3D Systems chose us as their long-term collaborator in this space.”

The agreement between 3D Systems and Stryker is specific to the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.

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GE Additive Names CEO

Thursday, January 18, 2018
GE Additive, Cincinnati, OH, has appointed Jason Oliver as CEO and Vice President, GE Additive. Oliver will lead the GE Additive operations including Concept Laser, Arcam and GeonX, reporting to David L. Joyce, GE Vice Chairman.

Oliver joined GE on January 1, bringing significant commercial and technical experience both in the U.S. and abroad, having held leadership positions with Dover Corporation and Heidelberg Druckmaschinen AG. He also co-founded Jetrion, a digital label printer.

“I am thrilled to have Jason join our team,” said GE Vice Chairman David Joyce. “We held a thorough search process and I’m confident we have the right leader to further develop GE Additive and establish the business as the leader in the industry.”

GE Additive leader Mohammad Ehteshami will transition to an advisory role focusing on additive product strategy until his retirement later in 2018. Under his leadership, GE Additive integrated the operations of Concept Laser and Arcam, grew their combined workforces from under 450 to more than 1,100 employees, expanded production capacity threefold, and invested more than $200 million in research and development. He helped to launch new machines (including Project ATLAS and Project Hustle) and oversaw the establishment of new facilities in Montreal, Canada; and Munich, Germany; and the expansion in Lichtenfels, Germany.

“What Mohammad has accomplished in one year is a business case for how to industrialize new innovative technologies utilizing GE resources across organizations and disciplines,” Joyce added.

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ASME Releases Additive-Manufacturing Standard

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has developed a new geometric dimensioning and tolerancing standard for parts and assemblies designed in additive-manufacturing environments.

The Y14.46- 2017 Product Definition for Additive Manufacturing standard is an extension of the widely used Y14.5 standard, which has provided engineers with the fundamental language for drafting and designing products and systems. Y14.46 includes definitions of additive-manufacturing terms and features, and includes recommendations for uniform specifications in product definition data sets and related documents.

“The product definitions, specifications, and interpretations in the Y14.46 documents apply directly to parts and assemblies manufactured using an additive manufacturing process,” says Charla K. Wise, president of ASME. “As additive manufacturing proliferates, companies will need to meet safety, quality, and compliance standards. Y14.46 will be an essential tool in helping companies address those standards.”

ASME has issued the new standard under the Draft Standard for Trial Use policy, furthering ASME’s invitation to obtain public comment and requests for revisions. This consensus program, aiming to ensure the highest quality, will continue for three years.

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German Auto Parts Maker Commits to 3D with Help of EOS

Monday, January 15, 2018

EOS, the global supplier of 3D-printing solutions, with technical centers in Novi, MI, and Pflugersville, TX, announced its collaboration with Continental, the German auto parts maker, which purchased several EOS M 290 systems. Continental is investing in industrial 3D printing as a production technology. The company is deploying the EOS systems to produce metal components directly from CAD data in series and has received support from EOS in installing the systems, training employees, developing applications, and launching manufacturing capacities.

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Sintavia Approved as Flightworthy
Additive Parts Supplier to Honeywell

Friday, January 12, 2018
Sintavia, LLC, Davie, FL, a tier one metal additive manufacturer, announced that received internal approval to manufacture additive production for Honeywell Aerospace using powder bed fusion. The approval covers all programs within Honeywell Aerospace
“We have been working with Honeywell for over 18 months as part of their rigorous supplier qualification,” said Brian R. Neff, Sintavia’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are grateful that all of our team’s hard work has paid off, and are looking forward to demonstrating the many benefits of additive manufacturing within Honeywell’s supply chain in the form of lower costs, shorter manufacturing times, and dramatic design improvements.”

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