Digital Manufacturing and Mass-Customization of Medical Devices

The medical device industry has been quick to adopt digital manufacturing strategies for products as varied as dentures and hip implants. Thomas Cole is Vice President of DIS Operations and Global Expansion at Dentsply Sirona, the world's largest manufacturer of professional dental products. In this presentation he offers an overview of Dentsply's journey in implementing cutting-edge digital manufacturing technologies including additive manufacturing, factory intelligence systems, and advanced automation.
Thomas Cole
Dentsply Sirona

Thomas Cole was a co-founder, President and first employee of Atlantis Components which pioneered the field of mass-customization of dental implant products.  Started in 1997 in Cambridge, MA, Atlantis fused the concepts of 3D scanning, advanced parametric design, precision milling, factory automation and the science of dental anatomy to create the most widely used patient-specific product for the rehabilitation of patients (2.2 million globally and growing) treated with dental implants.  

After Atlantis was acquired in 2007, Tom stayed on to develop the factory in Waltham, MA, grow sales and lead global expansion activities.  Due to the combination of ultra-short lead times, the required high level of service and the difficulty of importing medical devices, local Atlantis factories are required in many markets.  Tom had a key role in the building and/or integration of advanced digital manufacturing facilities in Sweden, Belgium, Japan and China.

Tom received both his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from MIT.  At the start of his career, he worked in various roles at General Electric where he made satellites, light bulbs and large power generation equipment.  When not making things at work or home, he mentors startup companies and is active in funding and awarding scholarships in various communities.


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