Interview with Hannah Riedle, Co-founder of ANAMOS

Hannah Riedle studied Mechanical Engineer at the Technical University of Munich, where she specialized in medical technology. During her following Ph.D. at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, her research focused on the creation of digital anatomical models, additive manufacturing thereof, and as well as biomechanical and medical testing. From the topic of her Ph.D., she derived a business model which resulted in the foundation of ANAMOS in July 2020, where she is now responsible for the operational business as well as the technical development. Hannah has been the Munich-based 3DHEALS community manager since June 2017. She will be moderating and speaking at the upcoming event “Advancements in 3D Printed Anatomical Modeling”.

Jenny: When was the first encounter you had with 3D printing? What was that experience like? What were you thinking at that moment?

Hannah: It was a brief mentioning during a class at university. Back then it was still called rapid prototyping and it was not commonly used for any final products yet. Even though, the technology already obviously promised new exciting design possibilities. 

Jenny: What inspired you to start your journey in healthcare 3D printing ?

Hannah: To be honest, as a medical engineer, the offer to make “3D printed hearts” for a living (well, more likely a Ph.D.) just sounded like a lot of fun.  

ANAMOS develops and distributes configurable realistic anatomical models, which can be used for the simulation of surgical interventions. The picture shows an example of a 3D printed silicone heart model during an endoscopic investigation.

Jenny: Who inspired you the most along this journey in 3D printing? 

Hannah: Developing anatomical models for surgical simulation, I work with on the application side of 3D printing and am fascinated whenever new innovative 3D printing technologies enter the market. 

Jenny: What motivates you the most for your work? 

Hannah: The endless possibilities.

Jenny: What is the biggest obstacle in your line of work? If you have conquered them, what were your solutions? 

Hannah: Everything looks easier than it actually is, so you need to have a high tolerance for frustration to finally succeed after many failures. 

Biological tissue exhibits a wide diversity of anatomical variations as well as possible pathological defects. Therefore, ANAMOS focuses on providing an unlimited model portfolio for any anatomy and any pathology. For example, this figure shows a variation of trachea models in different shapes and sizes.

Jenny: What do you think is the biggest challenge in 3D Printing/bio-printing? What do you think the potential solution is?

Hannah: Competitive pricing and the solution could be achieved by further automation and quality assurance. 

Jenny: If you are granted three wishes by a higher being, what would they be? 

Hannah: More 3D printable materials, a smarter established 3D printing data format, and more multi-material printing options.

Jenny: What advice would you give to a smart driven college student in the “real world”? What bad advices you heard should they ignore? 

Hannah: Research, analysis and critical self-reflection are useful basically everywhere in life. 

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