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Naomi Murray discusses the latest advancements in AM at Stryker

Shining a light on one of the the biggest application cases of mass production via metal PBF

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Stryker Corporation has earned a reputation for being at the forefront of innovation of medical technology, especially for its use of metal additive manufacturing in the production of orthopedic implants, with millions of implants 3D printed to date. Naomi Murray, the Senior Director of Disruptive Research Solutions at Stryker, recently discussed the company’s use of AM, exploring how it’s accelerating innovation in healthcare.

Stryker’s journey with AM

Stryker embarked on its AM journey in 2001 with a mission to find innovative ways to mimic the properties of bone using titanium. Naomi Murray, who later joined the organization, has played a pivotal role in expanding Stryker’s AM capabilities. Over the past two decades, the company has evolved into a global leader in additive manufacturing, not only for titanium but also for various other products that align with its mission of improving patient outcomes and saving lives.

Naomi Murray discusses the latest advancements in AM at Stryker, one of the the biggest application cases of mass production via metal PBF
Naomi Murray, Senior Director of Disruptive Research Solutions at Stryker.

Naomi Murray and her team are focused on harnessing advanced manufacturing technology to drive innovation across Stryker’s product portfolio “We specialize in innovation in our manufacturing processes to enable innovation in our products,” she explained. “We have a special team called ‘AMagine scouts’ that incubates, develops, and industrializes new platform manufacturing technologies to make design dreams a reality.”

This approach enables Stryker to deliver innovative materials, design features, and faster product availability while building state-of-the-art manufacturing and supply chains at scale. Murray emphasizes their commitment to first-principles thinking, creativity, and continuous learning as the keys to reinventing what is possible in the ever-evolving world of healthcare.

Game-changing advancements

Murray also highlighted the establishment of the AMagine Institute, headquartered in Cork, Ireland. This institute has been instrumental in exploring and industrializing innovative platform technologies to revolutionize healthcare products.

One standout example is Stryker’s Triathlon Tritanium Tibial Baseplate and Patella. This design, possible only through AM, includes the strategic placement of Stryker’s highly porous biologic fixation Tritanium technology. The product has gained trust among surgeons worldwide, demonstrating a statistically significant increase in survivorship compared to other knee implants at five years. The technology has also found application in joint replacement, spine, shoulder, and ankle products.

Environmental and social impacts

Sustainability is a significant consideration in manufacturing processes. Murray emphasized the importance of assessing the environmental impact of various manufacturing methods. Stryker performed a life cycle analysis of its Triathlon Tritanium tibial baseplate, comparing AM to traditional manufacturing. The analysis revealed that AM not only reduces waste but also contributes less to environmental concerns like ozone depletion, global warming, smog formation, and fossil fuel depletion. This underscores the positive environmental impact of Stryker’s AM process.

Stryker’s current HQ.

Naomi Murray, as a woman in engineering, has witnessed changes in diversity and inclusion efforts in MedTech over the years. She recalled her early days at Stryker when she was the only woman on her engineering team. However, the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has evolved positively, fostering a culture of inclusivity.

Murray explained, “Stryker’s values have driven an appreciation for diversity in culture, experience, and thought processes. This has been a big part of opening up the dialogue on how to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion for both our customers and our employees.” She actively engages in Stryker’s Women’s Network and Women in Science and Engineering leadership to promote diversity and inclusion within the organization.

Disrupting MedTech

In closing, Naomi Murray expressed her excitement for the disruptive technology space. Her passion for discovery, innovation, and the opportunity to improve or save lives through new concepts and products fuels her enthusiasm. Murray acknowledges the invaluable influence of her parents, who instilled in her the value of sharing knowledge and helping others reach their full potential.

As the leader of a disruptive solutions team at Stryker, Naomi Murray’s journey combines her childhood passions into a rewarding and impactful career, one that continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible in healthcare. Stryker’s dedication to additive manufacturing and innovation, under her leadership, ensures a bright future for healthcare advancements.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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