Facilitating care and cure

On January 27th, 2016, the 3D Medtech Printing Conference took place at MECC Maastricht in The Netherlands.

The 3D Medtech Printing Conference was part of the 3D Medical Expo. The event included a two-day exhibition and three other conferences besides the 3D Medtech Printing Conference:

The event was successful, attracting over 700 international attendees, speakers, exhibitors and visitors, providing great intellectual and social interaction for the participants.

International leading speakers from renowned companies and institutions such as Maastricht University Medical Centre, Department Orthopaedic Surgery, Philips/Smit Röntgen, Autodesk, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, IDEE, e-Nable, Ultimaker, z3dlab, Axon Advocaten and Breca Health Care shared their knowledge on 3D medtech printing topics.

Find more about the 2016 edition!

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Who should attend the next edition?

Surgeons, medical professionals, Regulators, Research Institutes, Doctors, 3D Printing suppliers, anyone responsible for MedTech: Development | Manufacturing | Preclinical | Quality Assurance | Quality Control | Operations etc.

Fast Facts about 3D Medtech Printing

On the basis of applications, the 3D MedTech printing market can be categorized as medical implants, surgical guides, surgical instruments and hearing aids. The medical implant segment is expected to grow at the fastest rate among all applications in the coming years.

With 3D printing surgical guides, surgeons are finally able to create and hold in their hands a replica of a patient’s heart, brain, skull or any organ or body part in need of operation. It’s an amazing tool to help doctors prepare for complex procedures, as 3D-printed models can accurately capture the unique anatomy and fine details – details that traditional imaging technology would miss and that may be critical during complicated surgeries – of each individual.

Some of the factors driving the growth of 3D printing in MedTech market are the increasing number of applications, rise in government and private funding, reduction in time and cost of medical procedures, rise in customized 3D printed medical products, and technological advancement in order to broaden the scope of medical applications.

However, lack of skilled professionals, and problems related to material characterization and development are some of the factors restraining the growth. Also regulatory requirements for the approval of medical devices are inhibiting the growth of the global 3D printing in medical applications market.

Topics of interest for the next edition:

  • Research & Development in 3D Medtech
  • Developments in 3D printed medical implants, surgical guides, surgical instruments and hearing aids
  • New materials
  • 3D Scanning
  • 3D Software tools
  • 3D Printing technologies for MedTech
  • Changing value chains and the Changing role of the Doctor / Bio-engineer
  • Ethical /legal issues
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