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As a closet introvert, I surprised myself with attending and organizing a dozen conferences and events in 2017. The goal of my journey was not only to continue to build 3DHEALS community but also to figure out how 3D printing startups can take off in healthcare. WSGR’s 2017 Medical Device Conference on June 21st, 2017 was memorable. An array of VCs, investment banks, and entrepreneurs with different strategies and styles participated in discussions that most medical device startups and investors should care about. At the end of the day, it seems to be an artful balance of risk assessment, mining opportunities, and occasional contrarian behaviors.read more
While much has been written on new developments in metal 3D printing, there have been several types of metal 3D printing systems producing otherwise impossible parts for many years. In order to fully understand where the industry is going, it’s important to first understand where it’s been, and the problems with the status quo.
Below, I’ve provided a brief overview of established and developing printing techniques. In a follow-up post, I’ll explain how developments in metal 3D printing can impact the medical industry.read more
(THIS IS A RE-POST OF DR. OTERO'S LINKEDIN POST.) Dear colleagues and friends, I have spent almost a year doing a clinical fellowship with Prof. Maurice Mommaerts at the European Face Centre in Brussels, a referral for hemifacial microsomia and surgery. I have noticed...read more
Dear colleagues and friends, Additive manufacturing (AM) has become a common technology in many departments, although regulations for its use in healthcare facilities may sometimes not be as clear as we would like. Last year, upon my arrival at the European Face...read more
Dr. Joel Joshi Otero is an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon trained in Seville, Spain. He later worked for three years as a Specialist in Hamad Medical Corporation (biggest governmental hospital in Qatar). Afterwards, he got accepted for further training and...read more
The first time I saw a 3D printer, I hadn’t quite realized what it was. It was in the first Jurassic Park movie, they called it back then a rapid prototyper. It came to me years later when I started studying Biomechanics in 2006, 13 years after that movie came out.read more
Dr. Alejandro Fernández obtained his PhD degree in Chemistry in 2004 (University of Oviedo-Spain), extending his R&D activities in UK (Bristol University) and in the pharmaceutical company Janssen Cilag. In 2008, he improved his area of knowledge coordinating and developing R&D projects for Technology Centers, first linked to the chemical & textile sector (ASINTEC Technological Centre) and in 2011, joining to the PRODINTEC staff. Since 2013, he is coordinating the 3D bioprinting area in PRODINTEC focused on the customization of 3D bioprinters according to properties and requirements of bio inks and biomaterials that will be printed.read more
In the medical sector, the biggest challenge is the lack of “engineered” physicians (as in the ability to engineer and design products) and the regulatory framework.read more