Second Annual 3DHEALS Conference Brings Together Experts in 3D Printing and Medicine

Share this Article

On April 20th and 21st, healthcare and 3D printing professionals from around the world gathered in San Francisco for the 3DHEALS conference, an annual event focused on 3D printing and medicine put on by healthcare 3D printing innovation platform 3DHEALS. This year’s conference expected over 300 attendees from more than 10 countries, with 45 speakers lined up to share their expertise. Healthcare and 3D printing both change and evolve so quickly that events like these always have something new, and this year’s 3DHEALS was no exception.

Day One of the conference featured several workshops dedicated to various aspects of 3D printing and healthcare. Prosthodontist Valerie Cooper led a workshop on how to create dentures with a new digital workflow, while Mayasari Lim from SE3D offered a hands-on workshop on bioprinting. Hannah Riedle from FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg gave a presentation on using a digital workflow to create medical anatomical models using open source software, and Erik Birkeneder from Nixon Peabody LLP offered advice on protecting intellectual property, just to name a few of the workshops that were given.

Day Two consisted of presentations from about 45 speakers on topics such as 3D printing in healthcare organizations; legal and regulatory updates; digital dentistry; and advanced materials updates. Panels focused on topics such as bioprinting, orthotics and prosthetics, and orthopedics.

A highlight of the 3DHEALS conference was the Pitch3D! startup competition, in which 10 young companies presented their pitches in front of a group of investors including GE Ventures, Asimov Ventures, Digital Industrialist, and others. The winner of the competition was Nanochon, a company that is developing and commercializing an implantable medical device. The device, which is designed to treat knee injuries in younger and more active patients, is based on 3D printing and a novel, nanostructured, synthetic material. The material effectively replicates true cartilage and replaces lost or damaged cartilage in the short term, while initiating new tissue growth and long-term healing.

The other entrants of the startup competition were:

  • Fibretuff, a biomaterials company
  • HoloSurg3D, which plans surgeries using augmented reality
  • Holofil, provider of a 3D visualization device
  • BioJet, a tissue engineering service provider
  • Frontier Bio, manufacturer of an advanced bioprinter
  • Axial3D, which converts 2D medical images to 3D volumetric data
  • Silou Elle, which creates customized bras

The 3DHEALS event concluded with a “fireside chat” between Dr. Paul D’Urso, CEO of Anatomics Rx, which created the first successful customized sternum implant in the United States, and Penelope Heller, the recipient of the implant.

“In April 2017, Jenny organized the first ever 3DHEALS Global Conference and to date, it is the largest 3D printing for healthcare conference in the world,” Lim said before the conference, noting the work of Hui Jenny Chen, M.D., CEO and Founder of 3DHEALS. “With her relentless effort and amazing team, Jenny was able to gather healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, developers, designers, regulatory experts, and investors all in one place. It was a huge success and I have no doubt that the 2018 conference will be another great one.”

There is certainly enough happening in the world of 3D printing and medicine to keep a conference like 3DHEALS going for many, many years. From the looks of this year’s event, 3DHEALS has the attention of many prominent people in the 3D printing and healthcare industries, and should only continue to grow as the industries do as well.

Discuss this and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com or share your thoughts below.

 

Facebook Comments

Share this Article


Related Articles

Presentations on 3D Printing Trends and Projects at RAPID 2019

3D Printing News Briefs: May 1, 2019



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Interview with Dr. Jenny Chen of 3DHEALS on Bioprinting and 3D Printing in Healthcare

A few years ago I started to notice a stream of interesting information coming from radiologist Jenny Chen. She was taking it upon herself to organize medical professionals the world...

Sponsored

RAPID + TCT 2019 Conference Schedule Announced

The RAPID + TCT 2019 Conference will be taking place in Detroit from May 20th to 23rd. North America’s premier 3D printing conference and event has just announced its conference...

3D Printing News Briefs: April 3, 2019

To kick off this week’s first edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ve got a fun project to share with you, before moving on to events, business, education, and software....

3D Printing News Briefs: February 6, 2019

We’re talking about business, training, and events on today’s 3D Printing News Briefs. The first European 3D printing incubator will soon be inaugurated in Barcelona, and 3devo is launching training...


Training


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.


Print Services

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our 3DPrint.com.

You have Successfully Subscribed!