Forty-Two Top Reads for Healthcare 3D Printing and Bioprinting Tribe

Category: Blog,Expert's Corner
Jan 08, 2020

(Long post warning!)

At the end of 2019, the 3DHEALS Tribe (our community managers and I) compiled a list of resources and cool websites they regularly go to or found out when it comes to staying on top of news and knowledge related to healthcare 3D printing and bioprinting. It includes a variety of media formats, ranging from indexed scientific journals, blogs, news aggregates, file depository, to social media accounts. Here is the list and what we think about them. This list will likely become bigger as our community grows, and new community managers with different professional backgrounds and perspectives will certainly continue to renew it.

What We Said:

Jenny Chen/ 3D Heals

Jenny Chen, M.D. (3DHEALS San Francisco, Founder)

” I wish I had more time to read and write. I tried to scan the web weekly to scout out interesting news and trends using Google. If I trust the source, I will send the article to our social media team. I also like to read abstracts based on Pubmed keyword searches to get an idea of where the creative focus is in the academic world. You’d be surprised how much you will learn by just reading the abstract and introduction of a paper. The impact factor (IF) of a journal does make a difference. The most useful book I read this year was ‘Deep Work’ by Carl Newport. The book provides concrete strategies on staying focused and prioritization. After reading the book, I started to schedule daily tasks into my calendar in an hourly fashion, which proved productive.”

Ryan Harold, M.D. (3DHEALS Chicago Community Manager) “Among others, I read JSES (Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery) and Mechanical Engineering (from the ASME) – both occasionally have 3D printing articles.”

Joe Borello, Ph.D. (3DHEALS New York Community Manager) “The journals I most frequently read through for bioprinting-/3D printing-related research and news are Bioprinting, 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing, and the Advanced Materials family of journals (I think there are 9 different publications in the group, and counting). I also see a lot of interesting work that’s more design-focused just browsing Instagram, primarily, and the other social media apps (Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, Tumblr) to a lesser extent.”

William Harley (3DHEALS Melbourne Community Manager) “Aside from the journals I read most (Biofabrication, Bioprinting, Advanced healthcare materials), I’ve really enjoyed a few books such as Success Is In Your Sphere and The Art of Statistics: How to Learn From Data. In terms of online resources, love Tissue Workshop by Prellis, Bioverse, and Metafluidics.”

Kuan-Lin Chen, M.D. (3DHEALS Taipei Community Manager) “I read CORR, Clinical Orthopaedics, and Related Research, on a regular basis. This journal publishes translational research in the field of Orthopedics, including new materials, approaches, 3D-printed device-assisted surgery, augmented reality, etc. In general, articles accepted have a solid scientific approach. To keep my mind fresh, very similar to what Joe mentioned, I browse through blogs, news, hobbyist groups and other social media (e.g. MIT Technology Review Facebook page) to get new ideas.”  

Benjamine Holmes, Ph.D. (3DHEALS Washington D.C. Community Manager) Tissue engineering and are my go-to’s. TE is a surprisingly good 3D printing body of work, is probably a no-brainer. Advanced Materials has also had very good 3D printing articles in the last few years.”

Jim Long (3DHEALS North Carolina Community Manager) “I rely upon JACC and NEJM most of the time for my job. For 3D printing, I often refer to ASME and NIH webpages. It’s interesting to learn about the many sources we choose for information! I plan to check a few new ones out.”

Richard Doerer (3DHEALS Detroit Community Manager)My sources for reading about 3d Printing in healthcare are Medagadget,, RSNA (Radiographics), Twitter and other social media. Trade shows and talks at Materialise, AMUG, Rapid +TCT, and 3DHEALS2020! I also recently read “Heart: A History” by Sandeep Jauhar, all the typical 3d printing websites, and 3DHEALS posts on LinkedIn or Facebook.”

Jordan Pelovitz (3DHEALS Boston Community Manager) “ (game art), (CGI art), (CAD/Design Blog), and Core77 (Industrial Design blog).”

Michael Joyce (3DHELAS Dublin Community Manager) “I wouldn’t say I have one journal that I read regularly, I mainly search for topics in the orthopedic, or tissue engineering fields on PubMed or Google Scholar. I also, keep track of 3D printing news aggregation sites such as etc, and backtrace some stories there to find the original scientific article.” 

Hannah Riedle (3DHEALS Munich Community Manager) “I read Rapid Prototyping Journal and a new format, 3D printing in Medicine. Also depending on the medical application, I am looking at I read various different medical journals, which I usually initially find through topic-related research on Scopus, pub med or google scholar.”

Here is the compiled list.


Many people within the 3DHEALS networks obtain their news and information from blogs, a format this taking over because it is relatively short, digested, linked to the source. We have shared more than five hundred external blogs outside of throughout 2019 and will continue to do so in 2020. Each year, our knowledge grows in terms of the healthcare 3D printing ecosystem, now including a lot more keywords in our search than previous years, including but not limited to bio-fabrication, AR/VR, veterinarian 3D printing, and more. Our knowledge in which blogs are well-curated, written, and validated with the sources of their information has also grown. Here is a list of blogs we endorse both based on the quality of their content, blog’s historic reputation, blog’s managing team, and our community managers’ recommendations. The list is not in any particular ranking order.


Self-promotion is good quality and is encouraged at 3DHEALS.

We are proud of our blogs. That’s because we believe nothing is better than words straight from the source, either entrepreneur, scientists, engineers, doctors/dentists, corporate leaders, or our community managers. There is no need for quotations. In 2019, we pushed out Expert Corner and Community Activities columns to officially publish these crowdsourced contents on a weekly basis. We will continue this effort in 2020 and hope to continue to improve our content management in the new year.  

2. 3D Printing Industry

The team at 3D Printing Industry consistently put out high-quality news surrounding healthcare 3D printing and bioprinting and one of a few sources we shared the most on social media in 2019. The editorial team led by Michael Petch and Tia Vialva is a startup itself, energetic, forward-thinking, and productive. We expect to see more great news articles from this team to keep updated.


This is another major news aggregator that we like. The editor-in-chief Joris Peels has done a great job featuring the latest industrial and academic developments in both healthcare 3D printing and bioprinting. Every article about R&D has clear references from the source, something we enjoyed a lot because it allows us to verify and learn. A variety of writers invited to the blog also strengthened its ability to diversify perspectives.

4. All3DP

5. 3D Printing Media Network


7. Medical Plastic News

Medical Plastics News aims at the intersection of the medical devices and the plastics industry.  

8. TechCrunch

TechCrunch specifically reports on the business related to tech, technology news, analysis of emerging trends in tech, and profiling of new tech businesses and products. It was one of the earliest publications to report extensively on tech startups and funding. In 2014, TechCrunch Disrupt was featured in an arc of the HBO series Silicon Valley. The characters’ startup “Pied Piper” participates in a startup battle at TechCrunch Disrupt.

9. VentureBeat


Since 2004, Medgadget has been reporting on medical technology from around the world. It covers the latest medical devices and approvals, technology breakthroughs and discoveries, conducts exclusive interviews with med tech leaders, and file reports from healthcare conferences.

11. 3D Science Valley

An excellent curated long format Chinese Additive Manufacturing blog managed by Kitty Wang and Daisy Zhu. The blog now has both Chinese and English versions. What’s more important is that they are located in Shanghai and has the most direct communication channels with the Chinese AM industry. The team has also supported an event, 3DHEALS Shanghai, in 2018.

12. AuntMinnie / Dr.Bicuspid

AuntMinnie features the latest news and information about medical imaging. Staff members include executives, editors, and software engineers with years of experience in the radiology industry. Their sister site is, which focuses on dentistry. Both blogs attended 3DHEALS2017 and 3DHEALS2018.

13. was founded on a simple mission to help engineers be better. Whether it’s keeping up to speed on the latest innovations and solutions, looking for resources to learn and advance skills, or finding like-minds to help solve problems… is the global community for engineering minds who make a difference.

14. MIT Technology Review

15. Science Daily

16. Y Combinator

Scientific Journals:

We are listing the scientific journals we most frequently refer to.  The Impact Factor (IF)

of an academic journal is a scientometric index that reflects the yearly average number of citations that recent articles published in a given journal received. It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field; journals with higher impact factors are often deemed to be more important than those with lower ones. In any given year, the impact factor of a journal is the number of citations, received in that year, of articles published in that journal during the two preceding years, divided by the total number of “citable items” published in that journal during the two preceding years. [1]

For example, Nature had an impact factor of 41.577 in 2017:

Here are the academic journals we like:

17. Science (IF: 41.04)

Science, also widely referred to as Science Magazine, is the peer-reviewed academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and one of the world’s top academic journals. It was first published in 1880, is currently circulated weekly and has a subscriber base of around 130,000. Because institutional subscriptions and online access serve a larger audience, its estimated readership is 570,400 people.

The major focus of the journal is publishing important original scientific research and research reviews, but Science also publishes science-related news, opinions on science policy and other matters of interest to scientists and others who are concerned with the wide implications of science and technology. Unlike most scientific journals, which focus on a specific field, Science and its rival Nature cover the full range of scientific disciplines.

Bioprinting was shown on the cover of Science at least twice this year. A great achievement on visibility for the community.

18. Advanced Materials (IF: 25.809)

Advanced Materials is a weekly peer-reviewed scientific journal covering materials science. It includes communications, reviews, and feature articles on topics in chemistryphysicsnanotechnologyceramicsmetallurgy, and biomaterials.

19. Journal of American College of Cardiology (IF: 16. 834)

The American Journal of Cardiology is a biweekly peer-reviewed scientific journal in the field of cardiology and general cardiovascular disease.

20. Trends in Biotechnology (IF: 13.747)

Trends in Biotechnology publishes reviews and perspectives on the applied biological sciences: useful science applied to, derived from, or inspired by living systems.

The major themes that TIBTECH is interested in include

  • Bioprocessing (biochemical engineering, applied enzymology, industrial biotechnology, biofuels, metabolic engineering)
  • Omics (genome editing, single-cell technologies, bioinformatics, synthetic biology)
  • Materials and devices (bionanotechnology, biomaterials, diagnostics/imaging/detection, soft robotics, biosensors/bioelectronics)
  • Therapeutics (biofabrication, stem cells, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, antibodies and other protein drugs, drug delivery)
  • Agroenvironment (environmental engineering, bioremediation, genetically modified crops, sustainable development)

21. Biomaterials (IF: 10.273)

Biomaterials is an international journal covering the science and clinical application of biomaterials. A biomaterial is now defined as a substance that has been engineered to take a form which, alone or as part of a complex system, is used to direct, by control of interactions with components of living systems, the course of any therapeutic or diagnostic procedure. It is the aim of the journal to provide a peer-reviewed forum for the publication of original papers and authoritative review and opinion papers dealing with the most important issues facing the use of biomaterials in clinical practice. The scope of the journal covers the wide range of physical, biological and chemical sciences that underpin the design of biomaterials and the clinical disciplines in which they are used. These sciences include polymer synthesis and characterization, drug and gene vector design, the biology of the host response, immunology and toxicology and self-assembly at the nanoscale. Clinical applications include the therapies of medical technology and regenerative medicine in all clinical disciplines, and diagnostic systems that reply on innovative contrast and sensing agents. The journal is relevant to areas such as cancer diagnosis and therapy, implantable devices, drug delivery systems, gene vectors, bionanotechnology and tissue engineering.

22. Mechanical Engineering by ASME (IF: 7.921)

Mechanical Engineering® is the monthly flagship publication of ASME.

23. Biofabrication (IF: 7.236)

Biofabrication focuses on cutting-edge research regarding the use of cells, proteins, biological materials and biomaterials as building blocks to manufacture biological systems and/or therapeutic products. It is also the official journal of the International Society for Biofabrication (ISBF).

24. Radiographics (IF: 3.92)

Launched by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in 1981, RadioGraphics is one of the premier education journals in diagnostic radiology. Each bimonthly issue features 15–20 practice-focused articles spanning the full spectrum of radiologic subspecialties and addressing topics such as diagnostic imaging techniques, imaging features of a disease or group of diseases, radiologic-pathologic correlation, practice policy and quality initiatives, imaging physics, informatics, and lifelong learning.

25. Acta Biomaterialia (IF: 7.236)

Acta Biomaterialia is an international journal that publishes peer-reviewed original research reports, review papers and communications in the broadly defined field of biomaterials science. The emphasis of the journal is on the relationship between biomaterial structure and function at all length scales. The scope of Acta Biomaterialia includes:

  • Hypothesis-driven design of biomaterials
  • Biomaterial surface science linking structure to biocompatibility, including protein adsorption and cellular interactions
  • Biomaterial mechanical characterization and modeling at all scales
  • Molecular, statistical and other types of modeling applied to capture biomaterial behavior
  • Interactions of biological species with defined surfaces
  • Combinatorial approaches to biomaterial development
  • Structural biology as it relates structure to function for biologically derived materials that have application as a medical material, or as it aids in understanding the biological response to biomaterials
  • Methods for biomaterial characterization
  • Processing of biomaterials to achieve specific functionality
  • Materials development for arrayed genomic and proteomic screening

26. ACS Biomaterials (IF: 6.319)

Modeling and informatics tools for biomaterials; synthesis and modulation of new biomaterials; bioinspired and biomimetic approaches to biomaterials; biomaterial interfaces and interactions; health risk studies of biomaterials; manufacturing, technology, and tissues in the context of biomaterials; bioresponsive biomaterials, bioelectronics, and bioMEMS; biomaterials based devices and prosthetics; regenerative medicine; genetic designs and bioengineering.

27. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (IF: 4.091)

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research is a peer-reviewed medical journal. It was established in 1953 as Clinical Orthopaedics by the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons as an alternative to the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, which was the only American orthopaedic journal at the time. The journal obtained its current title in 1963 and its mission is to disseminate knowledge about all aspects of musculoskeletal research, diagnoses, and treatment.

28. Tissue Engineering (IF: 3.616)

The premier peer-reviewed journal for groundbreaking research, reviews, and methods on all aspects of tissue growth and regeneration, including broad-ranging coverage that spans bioengineering, stem cell research, government policy, and more.

29. Annuals of Biomedical Engineering (IF: 3.47)

Annals of Biomedical Engineering is an official journal of the Biomedical Engineering Society, publishing original articles in the major fields of bioengineering and biomedical engineering.  The Annals is an interdisciplinary and international journal with the aim to highlight integrated approaches to the solutions of biological and biomedical problems.

30. 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing (IF: 3.259)

3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing is the only peer-reviewed journal on the rapidly moving field of 3D printing and related technologies. The Journal provides comprehensive coverage of academic research and industrial and commercial developments that have applications in medicine, education, food, and architecture. It also explores emerging challenges and opportunities ranging from new developments of processes and materials, to new simulation and design tools, and informative applications and case studies.
The Journal addresses the important questions surrounding this powerful and growing field, including issues in policy and law, intellectual property, data standards, safety and liability, environmental impact, social, economic, and humanitarian implications, and emerging business models at the industrial and consumer scales. 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing coverage includes:

  • Novel additive manufacturing processes and techniques
  • Improvements of established methods and materials
  • Modeling and simulation of additive manufacturing processes
  • New materials, meta-materials, digital materials, lattices, and multi-material printing 
  • Active and electronic materials fabrication
  • Hybrid additive and conventional manufacturing
  • Medical applications of 3D printing and bio-printing
  • Application of 3D printing in education
  • Advanced methods in product lifecycle design, testing and adaptation
  • Material mechanical properties, solidification processes for powders, liquids, and solids
  • Rapid tooling, remote manufacturing
  • Economic and social, and humanitarian considerations of democratizing manufacturing
  • Advances in personal 3D Printers and consumer adoption
  • Mass customization, new business models
  • Material performance standards and data exchange formats

31. 3D Printing in Medicine (IF: 3.259)

3D Printing in Medicine publishes 3D printing innovation that impact medicine. Authors can communicate and share Standard Tessellation Language (STL) and related files via the journal. In addition to publishing techniques and trials that will advance medicine with 3D printing, the journal covers “how to” papers to provide a forum for translating applied imaging science.

32. JSES (Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery) (IF: 2.865)

The official publication for eight leading specialty organizations, this authoritative journal is the only publication to focus exclusively on medicalsurgical, and physical techniques for treating injury/disease of the upper extremity, including the shoulder girdlearm, and elbow.

Clinically oriented and peer-reviewed, the Journal provides an international forum for the exchange of information on new techniques, instruments, and materials. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery features vivid photos, professional illustrations, and explicit diagrams that demonstrate surgical approaches and depict implant devices. Topics covered include fractures, dislocations, diseases and injuries of the rotator cuff, imaging techniques, arthritis, arthroscopy, arthroplasty, and rehabilitation.

33. Bioprinting (IF: 2.53)

Bioprinting is a broad-spectrum, multidisciplinary journal that covers all aspects of 3D fabrication technology involving biological tissues, organs and cells for medical and biotechnology applications. Topics covered include nanomaterials, biomaterials, scaffolds, 3D printing technology, imaging and CAD/CAM software and hardware, post-printing bioreactor maturation, cell and biological factor patterning, biofabrication, tissue engineering and other applications of 3D bioprinting technology. Bioprinting publishes research reports describing novel results with high clinical significance in all areas of 3D bioprinting research. Bioprinting issues contain a wide variety of review and analysis articles covering topics relevant to 3D bioprinting ranging from basic biological, material and technical advances to pre-clinical and clinical applications of 3D bioprinting.

34. Rapid Prototyping Journal (IF:2.346)

Rapid Prototyping Journal is the world’s leading journal covering additive manufacturing (AM) and related technologies. The journal concentrates on development in a manufacturing environment but covers applications in other areas, such as medicine and construction. All papers published in this field are scattered over a wide range of international publications, none of which actually specializes in this particular discipline, this journal is a vital resource for anyone involved in additive manufacturing. It draws together important refereed papers on all aspects of AM from distinguished sources all over the world, to give a truly international perspective on this dynamic and exciting area. For a full list of the journal’s review board, please see below.

Online Repository:



37. Prellis Tissue Workshop

38. Embodi3D


39. Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar

40. Success is In Your Sphere

41. The Art of Statistics: How to Learn from Data

42. Deep Work



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