MetAMMI: Metrology for Additively Manufactured Medical Implants

Funding period: 1.06.16 - 30.05.19

The medical sector is set to benefit immensely from the rapidly expanding additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) industry, which has the capability to print a range of medical devices, such as prosthetics, dental implants and hearing aids, tailored to a specific patient.

While medical devices are subject to strict safety requirements, additive manufacturing technology has advanced at a much faster pace than the available standards and quality controls. The high roughness, complex geometries, and internal structures of additively manufactured medical devices make acquiring accurate data for quality control challenging.

The results of ArthroKnee concerning OA microstructure, geometry and biomechanics are integrated in a software solution, including a database. This software offers a comparative data set for the radiographic evaluation of OA damage in new patients to support the clinical evaluation and treatment of OA. The software includes three-dimensional information of each data set hence representing an invaluable data source for the development of optimized implants, e.g. in terms of surface microstructural-properties and geometry.

MetAMMI Femur implant en

Fig. 1 Micro-CT slice und 3D rendering of a Titanium femur implant.


Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d'Essais (LNE), Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM), Dansk Fundamental Metrologi A/S (DFM), National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy (VTT), Aalto-korkeakoulusäätiö sr (Aalto), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Teknologisk Institut (DTI), Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), FH OÖ Forschungs & Entwicklungs GmbH (FH OÖ), Lithoz GmbH (Lithoz), Medicrea International (Medicrea), Städtisches Klinikum Braunschweig gGmbH (SKBS), The University of Nottingham (UNOTT), BEGO Implant Systems GmbH & Co. KG (Bego), Praxis am Sande (PaS), Xilloc Medical BV (Xilloc)


This project is financed by EURAMET's European Metrology Research Programme (


Dr. Sascha Senck
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