In today’s 3D printing news, SLM Solutions announced several new appointments to its Board of Directors, and AML3D has begun implementing a major aerospace accreditation. Anisoprint partners with Jacobs University Bremen to create a 3D printing ecosystem. Finally, the researchers used a smartphone and a 3D-printed light box to combine thin-layer chromatography with image analysis for the intramuscular identification of medroxyprogesterone acetate.
SLM Solutions Announces Board Appointments
First, SLM Solutions Group AG announced that its supervisory board has made several appointments to the company’s board of directors, starting with Charlie Grace, who has also been appointed chief commercial officer. Grace joined the company as Director of Sales in early 2021 and helped transform the sales organization and the North America region, and will now oversee SLM’s global business activities, including business development, business strategy and marketing. In addition, he will remain the General Manager for North America. SLM also announced that Gerhard Bierleutgeb, who joined the company in 2020 as Executive Vice President (EVP) of Global Services and Solutions, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer.
“On behalf of the entire Supervisory Board, I would like to extend my congratulations to Charlie on his new leadership role and wish Sam, Dirk and Charlie all the best in guiding SLM to a successful future,” said Thomas Schweppe, Chairman of the Supervisory Board. .
“It’s individuals like Charlie and Gerhard who help us as an organization and execute our strategy with vigor, making SLM a key catalyst in our customers’ successful transition to additive manufacturing.”
AML3D will implement AS9001D:2016 accreditation
AML3D Limited has announced that it will begin implementing AS9100D:2016 Accreditation for Aerospace Quality Management Systems for its proprietary wireframe additive manufacturing (WAM) technology. This is one of the highest levels of certification that can be achieved by manufacturing companies that produce parts and components for flight structures, or “flight parts”, used in the industries of aviation, defense and space, and will prepare AML3D for further expansion into the aerospace industry, in line with its growth strategy. Once this accreditation is fully implemented, which is expected to be done in the second half of 2023, AML3D says it will only be the second feeder additive manufacturing company in the world to achieve the standard, which will allow it to will obviously give a head start in the tender. for contracts. It will cost around $25,000 to complete the process, using AML3D’s recent fundraising money, and once implemented will demonstrate that the company has achieved benchmark consistent performance and service. that exceed customer, regulatory and statutory requirements.
“The implementation of AS9100D certification will further demonstrate AML3D’s commitment to delivering the highest quality components to the aviation, space and defense industry,” said Andrew Sales, general manager of AML3D. “This is an important step in our growth strategy for the company as we pursue high-value aerospace contracts. We are excited to continue advancing in the aerospace industry with our technology, further validated by this certification.
Anisoprint, partner of JUB to set up a 3D printing ecosystem on campus
Luxembourg startup Anisoprint is partnering with Jacobs University Bremen (JUB) in Germany to establish a composite 3D printing ecosystem on campus to foster education, research and technology transfer. Anisoprint specializes in 3D printing continuous fiber reinforced plastic parts that can replace metal in aerospace and engineering applications, and will set up a research environment, focused on its proprietary Continuous Fiber Coextrusion (CFC) technology ), on the JUB campus, which is part of the global ecosystem of the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT). As part of the signed agreement, Anisoprint will relocate its R&D team to an on-campus lab, where it will work to improve design processes and methods, develop new materials, and contribute to the educational and technological training of employees. students through thesis projects and internships.
“This agreement marks the start of a long-term collaboration in research, teaching and knowledge transfer in a highly innovative and disruptive technological environment. This is an important step in Jacobs University’s journey towards becoming one of the top 15 young universities in the world by focusing on key areas such as data science for business, computing and quantum technologies, advanced materials and modeling of complex systems,” said Professor Fabio Pammolli, President of Jacobs University Bremen. “In addition to the educational benefits, this brings great value to the entire economic area of Bremen.”
Researchers combine thin-layer chromatography with image analysis to identify AMP
Finally, the most widely used injectable contraceptives in the world are intramuscular medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) products. Accurate quality screening is therefore essential to confirm drug efficacy and safety. A team of researchers from FHI 360, a nonprofit human development organization that strives to improve lives by providing integrated and local solutions, and Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, published an article on their method of identifying MPAs. The team combined thin layer chromatography (TLC), which is used to separate non-volatile mixtures, with image analysis to test and validate two brands of MPA injectables. They used an iPhone camera, open-source ImageJ software, and a 3D-printed light box for image analysis, which appears to be an easier and more cost-effective way to analyze pharmaceuticals. This could be extremely useful in low-income countries. . An Ender Creality 3 Pro and black PLA were used to print the light box, which was used to, as the researchers wrote, “safely orient the smartphone and light source while blocking light foreign environment”.
The abstract states: “The TLC procedure used was based on the identity test found in the International Pharmacopoeia Medroxyprogesterone Injection Monograph. The spots produced on the TLC plates were then photographed using a smartphone camera and quantified using ImageJ’s image analysis software. Pixel data collected from each plate’s standard spots was compared to data generated from its sample spots. Datasets collected over multiple TLC plates and many days of method performance were evaluated to assess linearity, accuracy, precision, specificity, and robustness. In the range of 75–125% of the target concentration, the method was found to have standard spot linearity (with R2 generally greater than 0.99), overall precision of 101.0% (4.1% RSD), pooled standard deviation of repeatability of 2.44%, pooled standard deviation of intermediate precision of 3.68% and observed demonstration of specificity and robustness. In low- and middle-income (LMIC) countries, quality testing of pharmaceuticals such as MPA injectables can be difficult when testing resources are expensive, difficult to obtain, or complex to use.
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