Interview with Björn Petersen: Mass Personalization with 3D Printing for Point of Care

Björn Petersen holds a degree in business administration and is in his actual position Sales Manager DACH MEDICAL for Materialise. He is working every day to bring mass personalization with 3D printing to the Point of Care and to increase the efficiency and quality of inpatient care. Björn is convinced that anatomical modeling is certainly an important tool to reach this goal. Before he was tackling the 3D market for Materialise, Björn gained a wide range of experience within national and international Med-Tech companies and delivered their complex medical products/services to the market. Björn Petersen will be speaking at our upcoming webinar.

Jenny: When was the first encounter you had with 3D Printing? What was that experience like?

Björn: My first experience has been two years ago and it was a fantastic experience. I have seen it and was stunned by the almost infinite possibilities and the impact that 3D printing will have in healthcare.   

3D printed heart
3D printed heart (Copyright: Materialise)

Jenny: What inspired you to start your career in 3D Printing?

Björn: The possibilities to help patients when the “traditional” ways no longer be sufficient  

Jenny: Who inspired you the most along this journey in 3D Printing?

Björn: I think I can`t reduce it to one person but more to the people working for Materialise. They are passionate about working to drive the idea of 3D printing at the POC forward and working every day to improve and develop products to make it easier for people to benefit from our solutions 

Jenny: What motivates you the most for your work? 

Björn: To help other people   

Jenny: What are the biggest obstacles in your line of work? If you have conquered them, what were your solutions? 

Björn: To generate funding for 3D printing at the POC and to convince the stakeholders about the relevance of 3D printing and that an investment will be worthwhile.   

Jenny: What do you think are the biggest challenges in 3D Printing? What do you think the potential solutions are?


  • Funding
  • Implementing 3D Solution into the Reimbursement system  

Jenny: If you are granted three wishes by a higher being, what would they be? 


  • Healthy Family
  • Life with purpose 
  • Have happy moments every day  

Jenny: What advice would you give to a smart driven college student in the “real world”? What bad advice you heard should they ignore? 


  • Life and Career is a marathon and not a sprint.
  • There is no bad advice, there is the only advice that sometimes does not fit the character of a person.  

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