What’s Up with Direct Metal Printing?

Orthopedic hip implantMuch ink has been spilled about the virtues of 3-D printing. At the same time, all experts (and fans) acknowledge that the technology still has a long row to hoe before the medical device industry can adopt it fully. At MD&M East on June 11, Peter Mercelis, director applied technologies, healthcare at 3D Systems (Heverlee, Belgium), will address 3-D printing issues in a presentation focusing on “New Technology, Materials Science, and Metallurgy in 3-D Metal Printing.”

“Today, metal printing is already being applied in a large variety of medical device applications, ranging from patient-specific orthopedic and craniomaxillofacial implants to instrumentation and mass-produced spinal and orthopedics implants,” Mercelis remarks. “The technology has the potential to improve the functionality of medical devices because it offers unlimited design freedom.”


About Peter Coffaro 1430 Articles
A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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