Resin Infused Powder Lithography (RIPL) is a novel metal additive manufacturing technology capable of printing parts in stainless steel in 5 micron resolution. Titanium, nitinol, and a wide array of metal and ceramic materials will also be possible with this process. The resolution of this process allows for high quality native surface finish without post processing. The quality of the parts, in tandem with the speed at which RIPL can generate components, enable volume production of medical device parts. The key to RIPL is a unique materials handling process that operates at extremely high speed while also maintaining high green density in the printed parts. This talk will focus on the process and performance characteristics of RIPL technology, as well as the application space that will be impacted by this novel approach to metal AM. Microsurgery, as well as drug delivery and diagnostic devices, represent a large set of applications where new technologies can be developed and commercialized that were previously impossible. This will enable better healthcare with less trauma to the patient, and in ways that can be personalized to the individual’s needs.
- Upon completion, participants will understand key applications for metal micro manufacturing and the value created in medtech by this approach.
- Upon completion, participants will understand the state of the art in metal micromanufacturing, as well as the specific performance capabilities of RIPL technology.
- Upon completion, participants will be able to analyze applications they are developing to understand if RIPL technology will help them commercialize their own unique developments.