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A Next-Generation Material for Medical Devices: Tantalum

Tantalum (Ta) metal has the potential to revolutionize next-generation materials for orthopedic applications. Croom Medical and Global Advanced Metals (GAM) have partnered to establish a new Ta-based medical device manufacturing capability. This presentation will review and summarize the results of the demonstration device designs alongside initial testing data from the manufactured Ta parts produced from GAM’s high-purity powders.

2D Barcode Compliance for EU 2017/745 MDR: Are You Ready?

2D barcode requirements for UDI pertaining to EU MDR compliance is on the horizon for most instrument manufacturers. The process involves the validation of the verifier unit, the review and grouping of affected materials and the internal validation of existing part marking processes. In addition, each material and surface treatment has its own critical parameters that must be considered. Metal Craft will share its experience and overview of the implementation.

Call To Action: Trade Skill Shortage and How to Overcome the Challenge

Companies must reach young minds and educate them on the benefits of working in manufacturing, including high levels of job satisfaction and earning potential. MB&A plans to make trade skill options more accessible through outreach, partnerships and apprenticeships. The efforts will include competency evaluations and a potential to gain certification.

The Important Roles Robotics and 3D Printing Play in Personalized Joint Replacement

When fully leveraged, additive manufacturing and robotics can produce patient-optimized implants that are precisely inserted. The adoption of these technologies in tandem can lead to personalized joint replacement procedures that achieve clinical benefit, decrease inventory costs and increase surgical efficiencies.

How to Build a Winning Product Development Team

This panel discussion brings together orthopedic technology leaders to discuss optimizing teams, overcoming complex challenges and collaborating in a post-pandemic world.

How to Encourage and Embrace Flexibility in the Workplace

In this presentation, you will learn practical tools and ideas to help you cope — and even thrive — amid constant change. Find out how to manage your own energy and build the optimism, empathy and confidence needed to successfully navigate the craziness.

Take Steps Now To Safeguard Your Devices From Cyberattacks

The growing use of wireless orthopedic devices, the electronic exchange of device-related health information and increases in the volume and scope of recent cyberattacks in the healthcare sector have ramped up FDA’s focus on medical devices.

Orthopedic Device Sterilization: Responding to the Shift Away From EtO

This panel discussion updates efforts to limit the use of EtO and advises on new sterilization technologies. The experts will detail the challenges and opportunities associated with switching sterilization methods and ways that orthopedic companies can do it effectively.

3D-Printing Orthopedic Implants with High-Performance Polymers

Polymers are expected to play an integral role in the next wave of innovative 3D-printed implants. This panel discussion brings together diverse perspectives — an OEM, materials company, machine company and researcher — to discuss the state and future of 3D-printed polymer implants.

Will Hip Resurfacing See a Resurgence? A Dive into New Technology

Proponents of hip resurfacing believe the procedure, along with new implant designs and materials, are well suited for the growing number of younger patients in need of hip replacement. Joint replacement surgeon turned industry executive, Sharat Kusuma, M.D., shares how engineering ingenuity has the potential to change the trajectory of hip resurfacing.