make changes to improve final product
Medical simulation is now an accepted fellowship at world-renowned
medical centers like Massachusetts
General Hospital. The army now has
an entire center devoted to its practice.
Since all devices have to be tested with
certain standard variables, those can be
programmed into a simulation to give
an idea of how the product may do.
According to Kailasam, “Simulation of
the additive manufacturing processes
is proving to be very valuable for the
industry” in several ways. Additive manufacturing can use simulation to make
products more uniform.
Kailasam notes that virtually all types
and classes of medical devices have the
potential to be affected by simulation.
“The design and manufacturing of all
medical devices, independent of their
classification as Class I, II, or III, and
pharmaceutical manufacturing applications such as tablet compaction or vial
filling, readily benefit from simulations.
The benefits include faster decisions on
new design concepts, improved manufacturing processes that result in faster
throughput without compromising quality, and reduced risks of product failure.”
Faster decisions can result in a product
going to market more quickly, while
faster manufacturing can increase overall
output, and reduced product failure can
save much of a company’s bottom line—
all things that bode well for anyone in
Figure 2. Simulation is helping manufac-
turers design syringes to enable them to
penetrate the skin with less pain for the
The incorporation of adjustable variables
in simulations will most likely increase the
number of applications of those simulations already developed. “Integration of
uncertainty quantification methods directly
into simulation tools will greatly assist with
more rigorous verification and validation,
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“Simultaneously, the development of human body
models that include disease states and statistical
population representations will further expand the
usage of simulation in newer medical application