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BY 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter November 26, 2020

A novel approach for increasing the traceability of 3D printed medical products

  • Nataliia Matvieieva EMAIL logo , Constanze Neupetsch , Markus Oettel , Varun Makdani and Welf- Guntram Drossel


According to the European Medical Device Directive (MDR (EU) 2017/745), medical products of all risk classes are obliged to be labelled with Unique Device Identification Codes (UDI). In order to meet the requirements of the MDR, a novel method of identification for additively manufactured metallic products was developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU). The method provides a product traceability within its production process and during the whole product lifespan, and also functions as a counterfeit protection. This paper shows the integration of a unique identification during an additive manufacturing process for a titanium part. The readout of the integrated identification was executed using ultrasonic and eddy current methods, as well as micro computed tomography. Obtained results are discussed in the paper.

Published Online: 2020-11-26
Published in Print: 2020-09-01

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