||In this talk, I will give an overview in primarily use of 3D printed parts for cranio-maxillofacial (CMF) surgeries for the production of bone models, back in the 80s and 90s. I will then demonstrate state of the art on how 3D printing is used nowadays for bone models, cutting templates and implants and give an outlook on future applications. Along with these inputs we will try to answer the question if this technology and its applications are a revolution or only an illusion.
Biography: Ralf Schumacher is a lecturer and scientist at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland - School of Life Sciences (www.fhnw.ch). He is leading the Medical Additive Manufacturing group at FHNW and is giving lectures on implant development and manufacturing. He has a diploma in mechanical engineering and a diploma in business and management. Since joining the FHNW in 2006, he was able to raise a Medical Additive Manufacturing lab focusing on ceramic, metal and polymer materials. Ralf Schumacher is author and co-author of more than 100 publications. Beside this he is co-founder and CEO of startup company Mimedis AG (www.mimedis.com) which is dealing with novel service approaches for patient specific implants.