While 3D printing is a 30-year-old technology, its applications are still believed to be in its infancy stage. Expiring patents, lower cost printers, more materials, improved healthcare specific software allow for more players to get involved and the identification of new opportunities in the healthcare vertical. Although still a small percentage of total manufacture market share, the tremendous potential of healthcare 3D printing is undeniable in the overnight transformations of the orthodontics (i.e. Invisalign) and hearing aid industries. It is expected that this field will grow exponentially in the near future.
However, being inspired by the vibrant startup culture of Silicon Valley and San Francisco, we had this not-so-crazy idea to bring technologists and healthcare providers under one roof to create meaningful healthcare products for the betterment of humanity. Some are even considering this powerful new tool, 3D printing, as compared to the internet and the computer industry.
Therefore, we created 3DHEALS about two years ago to achieve that goal. Since our inception, we have successfully created five events in SF, drawing attention from various sectors ranging from the healthcare providers, innovators, to regulatory/legal experts, healthcare systems, and more. It made us realize that it takes a village to make the revolution happen and that many challenges can only be overcome by a well-organized ecosystem.
The 2017 edition of 3DHEALS Global Summit was a huge success. With a co-host like UCSF, the event gathered 300+ international attendees, 45 speakers, 7 startups for the pitch competition. It also concluded with a successful fundraising event for Voices of Africa at the beautiful Autodesk gallery. The community has shown significant solidarity in collaborative work and commitment to education. Read various media write up about the event: