Additive Manufacturing – Applications and Sustainability

Additive Manufacturing – Applications and Sustainability

We are investigating surface finishing of 3D printed metal implants for veterinary medicine [1]. This is collaborative research with Prof. Denis Marcellin-LittleSurgical & Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis.





Polymer 3D printing can generate physical 3D models of organs to help with training and research studies [2],[3]. This research is performed with Dr. med. Dipl.-Phys. Anjali A. Roeth, ESCAM – European Surgical Center Aachen Maastricht, The Netherlands, University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Germany.






Further studies at the Master Lab have looked into environmental impacts and perceived quality of polymer 3D printing [4] and energy use during fused deposition modeling [5].




[1] Felicia F. Fashanu, Denis J. Marcellin-Little, Barbara S. Linke, Review of Surface Finishing of Additively Manufactured Metal Implants, MSEC2020-8419, Proceedings of the ASME 2020 15th International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, MSEC2020 June 22-26, 2020, Cincinnati, OH, USA

[2] Anjali A. Roeth, Ian Garretson, Maja Beltz, Maximilian Schulze-Hagen, Sebastian Quaisser, Dirk Reith, Ulf P. Neumann, Barbara S. Linke, Entwicklung eines 3D-gedruckten Modells lokal fortgeschrittener Pankreaskarzinome für präklinische Studien, Viszeralmedizin NRW 2019, June 6 –7, 2019, Essen, Germany

[3] Roeth AA, Garretson I, Beltz M, et al. 3D-Printed Replica and Porcine Explants for Pre-Clinical Optimization of Endoscopic Tumor Treatment by Magnetic Targeting. Cancers (Basel). 2021;13(21):5496. Published 2021 Nov 1. doi:10.3390/cancers13215496

[4] Li, Y.; Linke, B.; Voet, H.; Falk, B.; Schmitt, R.; Lam, M.: Cost, sustainability and surface roughness quality – A comprehensive analysis of products made with personal 3D printers, CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology, Volume 16, January 2017, Pages 1–11,

[5] Xiange Wang, Philip Kent Velbis, Barbara Linke, Framework for User-Friendly Modeling of Energy Use in Fused Deposition Modeling, ASME MSEC 2021, MSEC2021-2015

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