Manufacturers of long-term medical implants use silicone ingredients and formulations to make a wide range of products, such as tubing and drains, drug delivery systems, pacemakers, vaginal rings and audiology applications. Silicones used in long-term implants must always be biocompatible, reliable, precise, flexible and durable, efficiently ensuring the protection of sensitive components from corrosive body fluids.
We will introduce the new challenges and benefits of additive manufacturing (AM) of personalised silicone elastomers in comparison to traditional industrial injection molding ways of conception. In the new design of medical devices we will show how to predict the mechanical behaviour and performances of the new silicone elastomers. Indeed, the AM processes with silicones become more than emerging technologies in order to get the best achievable performances. As an example, 3D-printed silicone elastomers combining multi mechanical performances can be obtained in one shot with one or several products for each medical device. The results as implants fit perfectly with the realty. The AM with the silicones elastomers is also progressing very fast with the use of new reliable, accurate, printing equipment. It is also essential to get such level of performance since the question of qualification of the full chain of medical device manufacturing which comply with regulatory issues is key for the future of this industry.
Karsten Schlichter has been working in the Silicone industry for over 25 years. He has held various positions in sales, marketing, purchasing and strategy throughout his career. Karsten has an MSc in business and economics from the University Stuttgart. He spent most of his working life in establishing and growing new and emerging applications in industries as different as Pulp &Paper, Construction, Energy, Healthcare etc.. Karsten is currently holding the position as a Business Development Manager at Elkem Silicones (former Bluestar Silicones). He is leading the Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing project for Elkem Silicones worldwide.
His vision is that, to quote JM Keynes, “The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping old ones”.
Mr. Schlichter will be a speaker at 3DHEALS2018.