The 3D Medtech Printing Conference took place on February 01, 2017, at MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands.
The conference was part of a two-day event that included three other conferences and a dedicated exhibition. The conferences brought together over 230 attendees, who gathered to discuss the most disruptive applications of 3D printing in the medical world, and latest developments and applications in the field. They were not purely academic conferences, but innovative events bringing together brilliant minds and discoveries.
At the 3D Medtech Printing Conference, speakers from Stratasys, ONVZ Health Insurance, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, MediClin Herzzentrum Lahr/Baden, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein-Campus Lübeck, Fontys University of Applied Science, Mobilab, Thomas More University College, Maastricht University Medical Centre talked about the topics in focus.
The titles of the presentations included: A Health Insurance perspective: ‘A future vision on 3D-printing; Improving Delivery of Healthcare; EU project CerAMfacturing; 3D-Printing in Cardiovascular Surgery; Rapid-prototyping of the aorta – 3D-printing of individual vessel structure for endovascular 3D-navigation; Design and printing of orthopaedic devices, the state of art; Bench testing of additive manufactured orthopedic devices: case study on Ankle Foot Orthosis and transtibial socket; PRinting PERsonalized orthopaedic implantS; 3D Printed Ankle Safety Belt that prevents injuries
We hope to see you again at the next edition of the 3D Medtech Printing Conference or one of the other conferences of Jakajima!
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.