The Lattice #19: October 1st, 2019

Oct 03, 2019

About the Lattice above: This week’s lattice comes from one of this week’s Hot in Press articles, covering the development of a new med tech zone for the development of bioprinting technologies.

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The Expert Corner

3D Printing in Hospitals: The Road to Reimbursement

by Robert Wesley

Arguably no medical technology is truly effective in a clinical setting until it can be associated with one or more reimbursement codes. For medical 3D printing, the creation of billing codes for pre- and peri-operative planning, in addition to other applications in the clinic, have been a major talking point in the industry for several years. While the introduction of CPT codes in July of this year marked a major turning point in the integration of 3D printing into medical care, there’s still much work to be done in terms of data collection and fully integrating 3D printing into clinical regimens. 

Read the full article here.

Related Articles: 

3D Printing in Hospitals: Challenges and Solutions, a Children Hospital Perspective

Reimbursements for 3D Printed Anatomical Models and Surgical Guides – Decoding the CPT Codes

Pricing Strategies for 3D Printing Related Medical Devices

Related Course:

Introduction to 3D Printing in Hospitals by Robert Wesley

Hot in Press

Recent news stories and shares.

💡 The Age of AI: Groundbreaking Innovations in 3D Bioprinting Revolutionizing Medical Technology for Cancer Patients

🧬🩺 Aus varsity partners with India’s first integrated medical tech zone to develop 3D bioprinting

💰 3D printed models can cut downstream costs for health systems

🦴 University of Akron: Thesis Student 3D Prints PPF Structures for Bone Regeneration Applications

🦾🦿 WASP, AMAR, Arche3D Come Together in Damascus to 3D Print Prosthetics

🦶 SUTD researchers revolutionize 3D printed products with data-driven design method

💪 Enabling the Future: 3D Printed Frog Arm Prosthetic for Epilepsy Patients

👨‍🦲👨‍🦱🧢 Anti-baldness hat powered by body movements

👄 3D printing firm Voodoo supplying dental aligners

🦷 NUS Researchers Created 3D Printed Training Models to Practice Wisdom Teeth Removal

🦠 BASF and CTIBiotech: First 3D bioprinted human skin including immune macrophages

Useful Stuff

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

As 3D Printing for Production Becomes Practical, the Attention in Materials Shifts to Practical Concerns

The Future in Shoulder Replacement Surgery: the Integration of 3D Planning and Guides in the Clinical Workflow

From the 3DHEALS educational archives: Extracting an STL model from CT data with DeVIDE


Mark Your Calendar:

3DHEALS2020, June 5th-June 6th, 2019, San Francisco, USA | Email: [email protected] for speaking opportunities, exhibitors, sponsorship, startup pitch competition information


Community Updates

Briefings and developments from 3DHEALS chapters around the world.

Boston (Community Manager: Jess Charlap)
Our Boston community is looking for a new community manager as one of our managers, Gerald, is moving to Cleveland. If you’re based in the Boston area and interested in getting involved in the local biotech, manufacturing, and healthcare innovation communities, we encourage you to apply to fill the position! The community manager application can be found here

(Job Posting! Texas)Texas Biofabrication startup Volumetric is seeking talented students from Bioengineering or related disciplines for a 3-6 month paid internship position. Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated track record of primary scientific research and will be passionate champions of the future of human medicine facilitated by advanced 3D Bioprinting. All interested applicants should send a CV and 2 references to [email protected].

Events & Opportunities

Upcoming events from the 3DHEALS community and beyond.

Monday, 10/7 (Munich, Germany) – 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Join the 3DHEALS community for Happy Hour at the Wirtshaus zur Brez’n in Munich! This event is informal and aims at connecting people in the space of healthcare 3D printing and bioprinting. This will be led by our 3DHEALS Munich community manager Hannah Riedle

Thursday, 10/17 (Cleveland, Ohio) –  6:00-8:30 PM. 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.)


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!

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

October 10th (San Francisco) UCSF Digital Health Award The live event, held in San Francisco on October 10, 2019, will be live-streamed and is the first of its kind patient and clinician oriented awards event.

October 11-13 (San Francisco) MIT Hacking Medicine and the UCSF Rosenman Institute bring the MIT Grand Hack to San Francisco for a weekend to brainstorm and build innovative healthcare solutions with hundreds of like-minded engineers, clinicians, designers, developers and business people.

Tuesday, October 15 (New York) Our very own Joe Borrello is helping organize the half-day Careers and Connections conference at Mount Sinai, focused on connecting students in the life sciences with professionals from industry, through both formal talks and panel discussions, as well as an informal networking reception. Anyone interested in connecting with the New York life science innovation ecosystem is encouraged to attend!

October 20-22 (Cleveland)Biofabrication 2019, the International Society for Biofabrication’s annual meeting, is being held in Cleveland, Ohio and will bring together scientists, engineers, regulatory specialists, industry participants, and clinical investigators from around the world to present and share their recent discoveries, research direction, and views on the current problems and opportunities in the exciting field of biofabrication.

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.

Friday, 11/8 (Boston) The Boston Design Museum looks at 3D printing muscle at their November Design Museum Mornings event, featuring Dr. Indranil Sinha from Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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 3DHEALS20 for 20% off General and VIP tickets!

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