The Lattice #15: September 2, 2019

Sep 03, 2019

About the Lattice above: This week’s lattice comes from one of our Hot in Press articles, showing the 3D printing of a biological scaffold with the potential to serve as a regenerative medicine treatment for astronauts on Mars in the future.

The Lattice is 3DHEALS weekly recap of the latest developments, expert insights, upcoming events in the world of healthcare 3D printing.  

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The Expert Corner

What does it take to bring 3D printing technology into “mainstream” healthcare?

by Sigvards Krongorns

3D printing has been around for almost 10 years since it went “mainstream” and one of the first thoughts that everyone had were the possible applications in healthcare. The progress 3D printing has brought to healthcare has been great, yet it is nowhere near the scale that people envisioned for it a decade ago. The majority of prosthetics and orthotics are still created with traditional methods. Casts are made with plaster of Paris, as they have been for generations. What is the reason why it`s not already become widely used? In this week’s Expert Corner Sigvards makes a case for engaging all the stakeholders in the healthcare supply chain in order to better deliver the promise of 3D printing to the clinic.
Read the full article here.

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3D Scanning and 3D Printing for Creating Affordable Prostheses

Antimicrobial 3D Printing “Art Toys” for Immunosuppressed Children

A Helping Hand to Those in Need—Improving the World with 3D Printing

Hot in Press

Recent news stories and shares.

Bioprinting complex living tissue in just a few seconds

The Translational “Valley of Death” for Engineered Tissues

🤖 Process flow for high-res 3D printing of mini soft robotic actuators

💰 Silicone 3D printing startup Spectroplast spins out of ETHZ with $1.5M

🔮 3D Printing Shaping the Future of Medical Care

The Challenge of 3D Printing Medical Devices

💖 UW Medicine, VA partner on 3D-print models for heart care

👩🚀 Mars Astronauts May Be Able To Heal Injuries With 3-D Printed Skin And Bones

💉 Bio Simulator and 3D Printing

🛩 Disabled man obtains pilot license thanks to 3D printed flight control device

Useful Stuff

Practical guides, tools, and reports from the healthcare and manufacturing sectors.

How to Launch (Again and Again)

Download this free whitepaper from 3D Systems on how to add metal additive manufacturing as a validated process in highly regulated industries.

Check out J&J Innovations’ upcoming panel (+live stream!) on how life science startups can recruit a killer team.


3DHEALS 2020

Important announcements about our 2020 global conference

The 3DHEALS 2020 Conference Topics survey is out and we’re soliciting your feedback on what you’d like to see covered at the conference. It only takes a few minutes to fill out!


Community Updates

Briefings and developments from 3DHEALS chapters around the world.

India(Community Manager, Nagpur: Prashanth Ray)
Our community manager for Nagpur, Indua, Prashanth, will be attending the 2019 3D Experience Forum in Bengaluru, hosted by Dassault Systemes. The forum will focus on an in-depth exploration of sustainable innovation under a new theme: “Industry Renaissance: Sustainable Innovation and Sustainable Business for a Sustainable World.” More info on the forum can be found here, for anyone interested in attending.
Can’t make it to Bengaluru? Check back here in the coming weeks for Prashanth’s report on the forum and the major takeaways for the healthcare 3D printing sector.

New York/Boston(Community Managers: Mark Punyanitya and Jess Charlap)Connecticut doesn’t have a dedicated 3DHEALS community of its own, but two upcoming happy hours hosted by Fisher Unitech might be of interest to the communities of both adjacent networks. On both September 17th and September 19th, they’ll be hosting happy hour info sessions for anyone interested in hearing from current customers and experts in the additive manufacturing industry. The discussions will focus on how advancements in 3D printing technology, 3D scanning, and materials can overcome roadblocks and improve production time for a variety of industries.

(Job Posting!) San Francisco (Manager: Jenny Chen, M.D.)
The UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is looking for a full-time 3D Engineer to work in the Center for Advanced 3D+ Technologies, a clinically driven program that empowers physician decision making and teaching to enhance patient care. 3D printing, AR/VR are all technologies currently being used today for this goal, but this Center is setup to develop and apply new technologies to this end. Read the full job description here.

Events & Opportunities

Upcoming events from the 3DHEALS community and beyond.

Thursday, 9/26 (San Francisco) – 3DHEALS hosts a group of experts from medicine/surgery, regenerative medicine, and entrepreneurs shares their works and insights on how 3D printing and bioprinting is revolutionizing cardiac care.

Wednesday, 10/30 (Global/Online) – 3DHEALS is hosting our next #Pitch3D event featuring some of the most exciting startups working in 3D and healthcare today. If you think that applies to you, sign up to pitch today!

Thursday, 10/17 (Cleveland, Ohio) – After our first successful event (thanks to our community manager Dr. Justin Baker), we are ready for the second 3DHEALS community event in Cleveland, Ohio this October. Thanks to our venue sponsor Team NEO(Team NEO is a business development organization focused on accelerating economic growth and job creation throughout the 18 counties of Northeast Ohio.)

Check out some of our partners’ upcoming event below, and lots of other upcoming events here:

Thursday, 9/12 (San Francisco) Tony Fields, former VP of R&D at Emphasys and COO at Claret Medical, talks all things regulatory and “why FDA approval depends on more than your clinical trial” as part of the Rosenman D-Series at UCSF.

Tuesday, 9/17 (Scarborough, ME) Metal additive firm Amplify is holding an open house to showcase their new facility, provide opportunities to meet Amplify team, and show titanium 3D printing in action. Email [email protected] to RSVP and for more info on the event.

Monday-Wednesday, 9/23-25 (NASA Campus) The Methuselah Foundation’s New Organ Alliance and NASA are organizing the 2019 Vascular Tissue Challenge Bioengineering Road-mapping Workshop to be hosted at NASA’s Ames Research Center. This is an invitation-only event, please email to the organizer Joshua Neubert.

Tuesday, 9/24 (Vancouver) Vancouver Island Life Sciences’ (VILS) monthly meeting will have a roundtable-format event that will cover intellectual property and corporate finance foundations, delivered by expert legal guests from the leading firm Blakes, Joe Garcia and Sunny Handa. In addition to group discussion, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to continue active discussions over informal group dinners in downtown Victoria after the session.

Saturday, 10/26 (New York)The Future of Care conference is back at Rockefeller University featuring some of the latest breakthroughs in clinical care and the innovators helping shepherd them from bench to bedside. Apply to attend the conference by September 6th.

Wednesday, 11/13 (Vancouver) The Victoria Hand Project and the Centre for Biomedical Research will host the November VILS meeting at UVic, where they will showcase the 3D printing capabilities at the University of Victoria.

Thursday & Friday, 11/14-15 (San Francisco)The Cultured Meat Symposiumreturns this November 14-15. Industry leaders in the traditional meat and cell-based meat sectors will come together for future-defining presentations, panels, and workshops. Use discount code 3DHEALS100 for 20% off General and VIP tickets!

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