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Katie Weimer from 3D Systems gave us a gift: The most informative update on 3D printing for medical devices.
Here are the entire video, slides, and transcript: http://medgroup.biz/Katie-in-3D
She fascinated us with before-and-after patient photos who benefited from the technology. (You can download the slides.)
Katie explained 3D printing is now commonly used for anatomical models, personalized surgery, patient-specific implants, bracing and casting, mass customization of medical devices (like hearing-aids), regenerative medicine, and bio-printing.
We learned there are five main types of 3D printing and more than 70 additive manufactured devices have been cleared through 510(k).
Among the many examples she showed:
• A 3D printout of how a plastic surgery patient will look post-operatively.
• “Virtual Surgical Planning” – to digitally simulate the post-operative result.
• A full-facial transplantation helped by 3D-printed guides to explore how well the new face would fit.
• Decorative scoliosis braces that improve patient compliance because the devices are beautiful and fun.
• Printing out patient-specific CPAP masks to fit and help patients better.
You’ll want to watch this. Bookmark and watch it later if you don’t have time now. That link again: http://medgroup.biz/Katie-in-3D
At her talk’s conclusion, I asked Katie, “How might you address the 80% percent of the room that saw what’s possible but don’t know how to use it for their business?”
Paraphrasing, she answered, “Developers have been designing based on the constraints of a milling machine. That’s no longer a constraint. It takes time for this evolution to take place. Medical device developers may be wary of the new technology but ready for you to use now.”
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