3DMed – Bring the 3D Printing Technology Closer to Routine Clinical Applications

3DMed is an ongoing multi-national project, financially supported by the European Regional Development Fund. In this short presentation, the background, main objectives and expected results will be introduced. It is intended to attract the interest of potential users, for example, hospitals, software houses, the medical device industry and other service providers, in the uptake of the 3D printing technology for advanced medical treatment to benefit a large patient population across Europe.

Top universities and innovative companies in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and the UK join forces in an unprecedented exercise to explore the full potential of the 3D printing technology for advanced medical care.

Project participants will present during the conference in a session organised by 3D Med.

3D printing (3DP) technologies carry the promise of revolutionizing the quality and efficiency of healthcare.
However, the required technologies, even when available, are currently too fragmented to be integrated into routine, affordable and streamlined solutions that can benefit a large number of patients.
The challenge thereby is to deliver 3DP technologies enabling:

Patient-specific solutions
Personalized medical devices that are designed using the images acquired for individual patients and best fit their treatment needs.

Complexity and miniaturization
Complex shapes, articulations and miniaturized geometries of implantable medical devices and instruments have the potential to radically enhance treatment effectiveness and post-treatment recovery.

Streamlined care
The ability to integrate diagnosis, design and manufacturing of 3DP medical devices into a validated software platform is the key to delivering fast, affordable treatments with dramatic life-saving potential.

Overall objective
3DMed aims to improve affordability and large scale accessibility of medical treatment using 3D printed devices. This will be achieved by increasing the TRL of state-of-the-art 3D printing technologies for medical applications and integrating them into a streamlined, fast, cost-effective software platform for use in routine clinical practice. The main objectives are:

Streamlining and integration
To streamline the various steps of the 3D manufacturing process and integrate the data flows with pre-planning and post-operatory evaluation;

Technology development
Advance the TRL of metallic, composite and polymeric 3D printed medical devices;

Demonstrate the superior performance and ascertain the clinical benefits of the 3D printed medical devices developed in 3DMed.

Read more on the website of the project

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