We’re long past the days when 3D printing was just a fun, creative tool for hobbyists, and many industries have been taking notice over the years and making the investment. The medical and dental fields especially have turned to 3D printing for all sorts of innovations, from customized medication and dentures to patient-specific models, implants, and prosthetics. In addition, there’s been some astonishing research over the years in 3D bioprinting, in hopes that one day we can create 3D printed organs for transplant.
While there’s a lot of information out there about 3D printing, many professionals are working to determine the best ways they can take advantage of what the technology offers. We first announced the inaugural two-day Additive Manufacturing Strategies summit back in September. The intent of the event was to shine a light on the implications of and potential for integrating 3D printing into medicine and dentistry.
This past January, 3DPrint.com teamed up with with SmarTech Markets Publishing, one of the top providers of industry analysis and market forecasts for the 3D printing industry, to present the business- and investment-focused Additive Manufacturing Strategies summit, which emphasized 3D printing in the medical and dental fields.Nearly 40 experts in the fields of additive manufacturing, medicine, dentistry, and investment were on hand to share their knowledge with summit attendees at the inaugural event, which was held at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C.
“Why this conference? It makes sense to narrow down the sectors 3D printing is involved with, the biggest being automotive, aerospace, medical; we think medical is a special case from the others,” said SmarTech President Lawrence Gasman when welcoming the attendees. “Indeed, medical may be the biggest when you take everything into consideration. With dental, very large volumes are already being manufactured. It is very different from the others as to regulations, and over these two days we’ll hear how that’s impacting devices, organs, and more.”
After additional welcomes from Alan Meckler, President of 3DR Holdings, and 3DPrint.com’s Editor-In-Chief Sarah Goehrke, the event was officially underway. Keynote speakers Lee Dockstader, Director of Vertical Market Development, HP Inc., and Katie Weimer, VP Medical Devices, 3D Systems, discussed 3D printing applications in healthcare, while SmarTech analysts focused on market projections and expert panels covered multiple topics, from dentistry and bioprinting to prosthetics and intellectual property. For more information, you can check out the complete schedule from the event here.
The two-day summit was so successful that 3DPrint.com and SmarTech have decided to produce and host a second event together.
The Additive Manufacturing Strategies Summit on Medical and Dental 3D Printing will take place from January 29-31, 2019, at The Hynes Convention Center in Boston. While the original pioneering 3D printing medical and dental business conference will still take place, this second event will have separate tracks for medicine and dentistry.
Other additions to the 2019 summit include an exhibition floor, where attendees can check out the latest technologies and products related to 3D printed medicine and dentistry, along with an educational workshop on the 29th that will offer a total overview of medical and dental 3D printing.
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