Zimmer Biomet

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Digital Transformation in Medical Device Manufacturing

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Author: John Sprovieri

Topics: digital manufacturing, generative adversarial networks

Vertical: Medical Equipment

Organizations: Glidewell, Zimmer Biomet, Dentsply Sirona

The technique gained notoriety as a tool for creating “deepfake” videos on the internet, but it can also be adapted to work with 3D data to customize production of physical products, a concept that Goodfellow has dubbed “GANufacturing.” Glidewell is the first company to use GANs to make better teeth. Dentists often spend considerable time and effort creating custom dental prostheses. Not only does a new prosthesis have to fit a 3D shape that works with the patient’s other teeth, but it also must work well with the overall pattern of the person’s bite. As a result, a prosthesis typically needs to be tested on a dental model and ground to fit. Through GANufacturing, Glidewell can generate a near-perfect, realistic and functional tooth that needs little or no post-processing.

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