ANAMOS wins the Innovation Prize!

About the purmundus challenge

The international competition of ideas for 3D and 4D printing breaks new ground in the field of product design: purmundus challenge looks at harmony between geometry and materials.

This year’s finalists show the enormous potential of additive manufacturing. 3D and 4D printing are more than ever and increasingly around the world a core manufacturing process paving the way for smart innovations in various different markets. The 2020 purmundus challenge, which is being held from 28 October to 31 December 2020 of the Formnext Connect, shines a spotlight on forward-looking product ideas from 13 countries on 5 continents under the motto “Geometry and Material in Harmony”.


ANAMOS wins the Innovation Prize!

ANAMOS was awarded with the innovation prize, thank you for voting!  According to the jury:

“the award winners have been working on a fancy technology that, along with novel 3D printing methods, can help mankind”

ANAMOS’ contribution features an anatomical heart model for surgical simulation, printed with real silicone elastomer by ACEO®. You can find more information about the winners on the purmundus web site here.

Abstract from the ANAMOS application:

“This innovative, 3D printed anatomical model of a human heart opens up new possibilities in the world of simulation of surgical interventions because of its realistic functionality and haptic. By replacing direct application on people with new training and evaluation environments using 3D printed models lead to increasing efficiencies in medical research and development, education as well as medical device training. Compared to biological models like corpse or animal carcasses, the artificial ANAMOS models are always available, easy to handle, easy to store and can cover a variety of different anatomies and indications.

Endoscopic examination of the ANAMOS heart model

The ANAMOS heart model was created by a new generic design method based on medical CT image data, which allowed for the a realistic representation of the heart chambers, atria as well as the relevant surrounding vessels and the coronary arteries. The focus of the model is on its realistic functionality. It features unique, engineered anatomical heart valves as well as hollow vascular structures all the way through. Through additive manufacturing with silicone using the ACEO®‐Technology (Wacker Chemie AG, Munich) it is possible to mimic the elastic properties of heart tissue without compromising the geometric complexity. For instance, the heart valve of the ANAMOS heart model shows a small gap in its unloaded state. When force is applied in the direction of blood flow, the elastic valves open up in the direction of the heart wall. If force is applied in the direction against the blood flow, the valves are pressed together and close the opening. This functionality is only possible through the unique combination of the generic design approach, additive manufacturing and the use of the elastic silicone and is an absolute novelty therefore!”

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