Medical 3D Printing: Building the Infrastructure for Innovation

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Originally Aired - Thursday, November 4 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

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Location: MedTech Central Theater (Booth 2049)

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Title: Medical 3D Printing: Building the Infrastructure for Innovation

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Since the installation of one of the first two commercially installed SLA 1 machines at Baxter Healthcare in 1988, medical applications have been a leader in applying additive manufacturing (AM), commonly known as 3D printing (3DP). From prototyping for new devices to producing final-use products, manufacturers have found new ways to improve healthcare with AM/3DP. Accelerating 3D printing applications requires advancements in technology, software, and materials, but also addressing challenges that support innovation. To do this, we must first understand challenges, find resources for technical and regulatory guidance, develop a qualified workforce with the best combination of skills, and work together as a community to share what to do and often, what not to do. Where we are now with medical applications will be demonstrated with survey results covering processes, materials, applications, and challenges. Recent developments and ongoing activities by several organizations will be shared to help find the resources needed and/or get involved to have an impact including efforts in technology, materials, regulatory, clinical studies, standards development workforce development, and more.