|Shweta Agarwala, Tenure-track Assistant Professor Electronics & Photonics, Aarhus University, on 'Bioelectronics'|
|Session by 3DMed, an Interreg 2 Seas project, aims to improve the affordability and large-scale accessibility of medical
treatment using 3D printed devices. Top universities and innovative companies in the
Netherlands, Belgium, France and the UK have joined forces in an unprecedented exercise to
explore the full potential of the 3D printing technology for advanced medical care.
More information about the speakers will follow soon.
Karolina Gottschalk, Application Specialist, Medviso AB
Einar Heiberg, Researcher, Associate Professor, Skåne University Hospital / Clinical Fellow, Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine
|Sacha van Rheenen, Engineer, Vosfox Medical, on 'Medical 3D Printing process validation
The 3D MedTech printing market can be categorized as medical implants, surgical guides, surgical instruments, medical devices and hearing aids. The medical implant segment is expected to grow at the fastest rate among all applications in the coming years.
Orthopaedic manufacturers are turning to 3D Printing to drive the long term change in the increased complexity of medical implant design and demand for tailor made patient-specific solutions, with all the benefits that can bring. These implants can promote patient recovery, as often it is the only alternative to amputation. Thin scaffolds that perfectly follow the contour of a bone or porous metal parts are easily manufacturable opening the door to many applications and designs that were not previously possible (including facial bones, radius and ulna).
Surgical guides allow docters to physically handle and visualize the anatomical model that is specific to the patient about to undergo surgery. This enables the surgeon to get to know the patient’s exact anatomy from multiple angles and anticipate what to expect during the operation. In addition to increased accuracy, improved safety, time saving, the guide is also a tool to inform / explain the patient how the operation will take place.
Surgical instruments / Medical Devices
Surgical instruments, like forceps, hemostats, scalpel handles and clamps can be produced using 3D printers. Creating personalised surgical instruments offers many benefits. They facilitate faster and less traumatic procedures, increase a surgeon’s dexterity and support better surgery outcomes.
Hearing Aids / Glasses
Nowadays any Hearing Aid company uses 3D Printing for the creation of hearing aid shells and earpiecessince these can be digitally fitted to exact anatomical specifications (thanks to 3D scanning) and customized pieces can be mass-produced. Glasses (incl. Smart ones) can be personalised as well.
The conference program will cover above mentioned topics.
This conference, which is part of the 3D Medical Printing Series, will bring together the international community to showcase the work of researchers and industry in the 3D their field and its applications, with a view to fostering closer ties and collaborations. The overall goal of this conference is to address both the technologies and the applications — from early technology development to downstream applications.
Find out here who spoke at earlier editions of this conference.