3D printed medical devices: Kumovis Co-CEO Stefan Leonhardt on state of the art 2021

Learn what it takes to enable 3D printed medical devices that meet the demands of the industry, and why AM won’t replace conventional processes

Healthcare innovators have been advocating the use of 3D printed medical devices for years. With individualized implants and surgical guides, they contribute to improved patient care every day. But even the most advanced medical staff are driven by thoughts and ideas that can usually only be pursued with the help of expert partner organizations.

New 3D printed medical devices explained

In this video interview, Kumovis co-CEO Stefan Leonhardt answers a few of the questions that hospitals, medtech companies and others often ask us, and demystifies the notion that additive manufacturing will completely replace conventional production processes. For those who don’t have time to watch the entire video, click through the timestamps below to go directly to the desired parts of the video.

Virtual model of human spine with highlighted vertebral body replacements
One of three major fields of Kumovis applications is the spine

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Table of questions

00:00 How does Kumovis differ from 3D printing hardware manufacturers? 

01:17 What are current medical applications of the Kumovis R1 3D printer? 

02:22 What do you expect from your expanded range of medical-grade polymers? 

03:10 Can you give us an example of where to apply such polymers? 

04:20 What are Kumovis technologies’ advantages over conventional manufacturing? 

05:54 In addition to trial implants – are permanent polymer implants that remain in the body conceivable too? And what would be necessary for implementation? 

06:57 Are there already experiences regarding the durability of such permanent implants? 

07:40 Do you think that the additive manufacturing of individualized implants in the hospital, i.e. at the point of care, will be possible at some point? 

08:55 What can we hope for in the future when it comes to the additive manufacturing of medical products?