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HAMMER Time (Prof Paul DALTON University of Oregon) Mar 21, 2024 Fontana Rm 1000 and via Zoom

All dates for this event occur in the past.

Join us for HAMMER Time in Fontana Rm 1000 on March 7 from 4-5PM EST.  Or for those who can't make it in person,  the Zoom link will be sent out on March 18. 

Title: From Lab to Clinic: The Pathway of Melt Electrowriting Technologies in Medical Applications

This presentation will focus on the use of Melt Electrowriting (MEW), a polymer fiber weaving technology, to create devices for novel biofabrication applications.

Abstract: The melt processing of polymers has been employed for decades to produce various medical materials, including sutures, hernia meshes, bone screws, and spinal fixation implants. In fact, most, if not all, 3D printing technologies used in the manufacturing of medical implants, whether they are made of metal, ceramic, or polymers, rely on solvent-free methods. This manufacturing philosophy is further extended through a technology known as melt electrowriting (MEW), which can create highly detailed scaffolds from microfibers. In this talk, a case is made that MEW represents a robust, reproducible, and solvent-free approach for producing 3D printed biomaterials. A platform of open-source manufacturing systems is proposed, which increases innovation via cost effectiveness and replaceable components. MEW, together with open-source 3D printers effectively bridges the gap between solution electrospinning and fused deposition modeling, offering an economical approach that enables clinically translational research to be conducted within university settings.


Bio: Paul Dalton is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon who specializes in manufacturing technologies for biofabrication. He is credited with inventing and developing melt electrowriting, a distinct class within 3D printing. His research on medical implants involves the use of high-resolution 3D printing and simultaneously promotes grassroots open-source hardware development and low-cost approaches in biomedical engineering. With over 25 years of hands-on experience, his expertise spans various fields, including biomaterials, nanotechnology, tissue engineering, neuroimmunology, experimental surgery, biofabrication, and 3D printing. His interdisciplinary and international perspective is reflected in his previous research and residences in Australia, Canada, China, the UK, and Germany before relocating to the US.

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