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Student News
Scholarship brings student’s additive manufacturing
expertise to Germany
By Erin Cassidy Hendrick
Maryam Tilton a a a a a a a a a a a a a doctoral student studying mechanical engineering at at Penn State has been awarded a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a Research Internship in in in in in Science and Engineering (RISE) Scholarship from the the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) a a a a a a a prestigious opportunity to conduct research
in the the the country funded by the German Federal Foreign Office Completing her scholarship in in in in Germany
in in in in the fall of of 2019 she will be working at Zeiss a a a a a a a a a a a a a German German manufacturer of of optical systems industrial measurement and medical devices While working alongside other experts Tilton will continue her her research
into biomechanical characterization of orthopaedic implants created with additive manufacturing
(AM) a a a a a a a a a a a a a novel approach to to create create custom medical devices with personalized properties for patients Describing her work at at at Penn State she said “Currently to personalize an an an orthopaedic implant for a a a a a a a a a a a a a patient it it would cost a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a lot of time and money in in in in in addition to missing certain important details But by using additive manufacturing
the design freedom brings complexity so so so you are able to to look into not only geometric personalization but also mechanical and material properties ”
With the added power of AM orthopaedic implants can become more customized to to a a a a a a a patient’s needs and lifestyle For example a a a a a a a a a tennis player may require a a a a a a a a a much more flexible shoulder implant than someone who isn’t an an an athlete “That’s the the hope and goal of of our AM work—to not only improve the the biomechanical performance of of of current implants but to to potentially offer new solutions for for for patients with bone cancer cancer ”
Tilton explained “Current treatment for for many
of these patients with with bone cancer cancer is amputation without reconstruction reconstruction With AM we can can develop personalized implants for anatomic reconstruction reconstruction after resection of the tumor ”
Expanding on on on the foundation of this work she will contribute to to a a a a a a a a a a a collaborative industry project being spearheaded at at at Zeiss where she she will be be able to to to apply the skills she’s acquired in in AM to to a a a a relevant industry project “The research
I do do at at Penn State is is is done from a a a a a a a a a global view and is is is is very holistic into additive manufacturing
”
Tilton explained “At Zeiss I’ll be able able to to to to bring those important experiences to the table ”
Taking advantage of the unique international opportunity she said “I’m hoping to to to bring bring my experience [to Germany] and then in in in in the the same way bring bring new knowledge back to to to Penn State ”
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