This section features interviews with influencers in healthcare 3D printing field, including our speakers.
Dr. Alexis Dang, MD is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon at UCSF. His clinical and research practice is at the San Francisco VA Health Care System. He is an Assistant Professor at UCSF, co-founder of Edge Labs in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery...
Mr. Oscar Hedin works as a Senior Applications Engineer for Oerlikon AM and is responsible for questions regarding design, application & process development and regulatory approval of medical implants manufactured with 3D printing. Mr. Hedin spent the last 10...
3DHEALS Influencer Interview: Dr. Todd Maiden, ReedSmith LLP, Regulation on AM Produced Medical Device
This technology is evolving so fast with various competing technologies seeking to achieve similar goals. The business community would benefit by filling gaps in certain voluntary industry standards that would enable businesses to work with each other more fluidly and with less business risk. Failure to do so may not only limit business opportunities but invite more government regulation which could stifle creativity and growth.
3DHEALS Influencer Interview: Dr. Nabeel Cajee, Clinical Dentist, Adjunct Professor & Dental Ambassador at 3DHEALS
The biggest challenge to the implementation of 3D printing in a dental office is cost. As dentists we shoulder the costs to bring in and implement new technologies. The high cost of equipment including 3D milling units and printers, 3D intraoral scanners, and 3D X-ray technology have been obstacles. As costs have dropped, we have seen more and more adoption.
The first time I ever touched a 3D printed anatomical model was during 2011 RSNA, and that moment was transformative. Throughout our professional lives as radiologists, we are used to reconstructed black and white 2D images from the monitors into a 3D structure in our minds and formulate a story around it for the patient. For the first time in my life, I am in the same physical world with the patient’s illness. That barrier between the digital world and physical world has been suddenly removed. What was entirely in the digital world can now be in the physical world, and I could interact with it. That experience was amazing and at the same time perplexing. I think that is the moment when pure “human-computer interaction” happens. Some of this experience still cannot be verbalized or understood, and I think that is still fascinating. We are now at a time when information can be freely transferred between the digital world and the physical world with the availability of digital manufacturing.
Karsten Schlichter has been working in the Silicone industry for over 25 years. He has held various positions in sales, marketing, purchasing and strategy throughout his career. Karsten has an MSc in business and economics from the University Stuttgart. He spent most...
The e-NABLE movement has been a source of constant inspiration. Ivan and Jen Owen did something magical for the world in showing them they could manufacture devices that change an individual’s life. The people whom I’ve fitted prosthetic hands inspire me as well. Each has had a transformative journey that I’ve been lucky to share. One, a boy named Juan, transformed from a reserved, anxious kid into a person driven to give back, all during the course of fitting him with a Spiderman-themed hand.
I’ve been very inspired by Eythor Bender and the crew at UNYQ, who have literally changed the discussion from Stigma to Style for prosthetics and orthotics wearers through 3D printing.
3D printing is certainly a powerful tool that can greatly impact healthcare. To get the most out of it, take a holistic approach to the technology. Analyze and understand how you can leverage the technology for your specific needs. Go for adoption after having a thorough understanding of the technology.
3DHEALS Influencer Interview: Dr. Chaw Sing Ho, Co-Founding Managing Director of NAMIC (National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster)
Chaw Sing is the co-founding Managing Director of NAMIC (National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster), a Singapore government initiative to catalyze innovation and scale industrial adoption of additive manufacturing technologies. By focusing on industrial...
3DHEALS Influencer Interview: Dr. Mayra Vasques, PhD Fellow at School of Dentistry at University of Sao Paulo
I put all my energy in the last 4 years on my Ph.D. thesis and at some point, supported by my family, I decided to travel from Brazil to the US just to buy a 3D printer to avoid the risk of project cancelation. There was a huge risk of facing some problem during the importation process and, after that, there was a risk to have a printer in a place that there was no support (from producer company or other experts). I risked my project, my credibility, and my money, but I knew that was the only way for me to achieve my goals, I had to take the risk.