Engaged expert, Andrew Smith, PE, Manager, Joint Arthroplasty at Element Cincinnati, has been invited to speak at the 14th Annual Orthopaedic Manufacturing & Technology Exposition and Conference (OMTEC), 12-14 June in Chicago, USA.

With over 1000 professionals in attendance, OMTEC is the world’s only conference exclusively serving the orthopaedic industry. Andrew’s presentation, Additive Manufacturing (AM) – Mechanical Test Methods, will discuss how testing differs between AM and traditional devices and the strategies for developing additive manufacturing testing protocols.

Andrew oversees the tribology, arthroplasty, and metallurgical laboratories at Element Cincinnati, a Medical Device Center of Excellence. He is an active member of ASTM’s Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Toledo.

Rick Sluiters, EVP Aerospace, Element, commented: ‘’Additive manufacturing is an exciting and rapidly growing area for medical device companies around the world. Sharing best practices, educating our colleagues and learning from others leads to better methods and technologies. This ultimately allows our customers to have more certainty in the quality and understanding of their products leading to increased patient safety.’’

Element is one of the world’s leading providers of testing, inspection and certification services to the international medical device sector, with 32 laboratories focusing on medical device testing located in the Americas and Europe. The laboratories provide a comprehensive range of mechanical testing and product qualification testing on hip, knee & spinal implants; trauma devices; cardiovascular & orthopaedic devices, and implantable, diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. Element offers consulting and testing services in prototype development, polymer synthesis and materials selection, coatings and adhesives, 510(k) and CE submissions and a wide range of failure and contaminant investigation capabilities.