By Tracy Leigh Hazzard and Tom Hazzard

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3DHEALS2017: UCSF 3D Printing Library

Today, we’ve got a really interesting interview with someone in the medical side of 3D printing, someone who’s trying to bring the world of 3D printing together with the world of medicine, by the name of Jenny Chen of 3DHeals. We’re not talking about footwear this time or orthotics, we’re talking about actual healing of the human body, healthcare 3D printing. In healthcare 3D printing, what we’re talking about is spurring conversations. Jenny has a background as a neuroradiologist, which is really interesting. I want to know about the scans that they do because I’ve heard you can use medical scans and 3D print them. We’ve of some listeners who had actually had their own scan of whatever body part they happen to break or do whatever with. I think that’s a really interesting subject. I think it goes beyond that.

When we watch stuff like Grey’s Anatomy and things like that and you see these. We go, “That 3D printer did not print that fast.” What’s the reality of it? There’s a newer show called Pure Genius. It’s supposed to be like an advanced medical hospital in LA. It stars Dermot Mulroney among other actors. They feature or they use 3D printing as a part of their story and they show off certain machines, use them as props. We have seen many different 3D printers used in the show. Robo 3D printers have been in it and Form 1+. But it’s certainly not the reality I think of where 3D printing is involved in medicine today. Not that it isn’t involved, it’s absolutely involved.

Jenny Chen of 3DHeals is the founder and CEO of the company. She founded it out of her own struggle with trying to get enough information about what was going on in 3D printing and emerging technologies. She is also an adjunct clinical faculty in the radiology department at Stanford Healthcare. She’s got a global conference going on as well which is coming up in April. I think this is such an interesting subject and an interesting take on 3D print, medical. We’ve done a lot of episodes on those at various times and we’re always talking about the tech side of it. This is really coming from doctor-people side of it. I’m just so fascinated by it. Let’s go to the interview.

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