Conference on AM for healthcare applications


Medical AM (Additive Manufacturing) is one of the fastest growing areas in 3D printing. In November,  the 3D fab+print Conference at MEDICA / COMPAMED (in Düsseldorf, Germany) will offer healthcare professionals a thorough insight in the possibilities of implementing AM into the medical practice. The Advance Time Table is available online.*

On Monday, November 12, eight experts will provide first-hand knowledge about 3D printing processes and various application options, as well as offer an insight in the challenges of incorporating AM in the clinical practice. The presentations tie in with specific information needs in the medical field and are interesting for both newcomers and professionals that have already gained an insight in AM.

Stratasys GmbH

The day will start at 10.30 with coffee and tea and a welcome address. The first presentation – by Katharina Augsten, Healthcare Sales Manager EMEA with Stratasys GmbH – is titled ‘3D-printing in Medicine’ and will address how 3D printing can improve patient care, reduce operational costs and increase efficiency within the clinical environment.


Then Christine Boudot from Evonik will present ‘3D printing Bioresorbable PLA-based polymers for Medical Device’, in which she will discuss how AM is capable to build complex, porous, and multi-material shapes and that there are multiple 3D printing technologies that can be used within the current market.


Alexander Steimle from FEMTOprint SA knows all about how innovative medical applications are enabled by a novel subtractive manufacturing technique that allows the fabrication of 3D printed micro-devices out of glass and other transparent materials, integrating fluidic, mechanical and optical functionalities in single monoliths.

University Medical Center Mainz

During the lunch break there will be enough time to grab something to eat, stroll the expo floor and network with like-minded professionals, after which the afternoon session will be kicked-off by Bernhard Dorweiler from the University Medical Center in Mainz, Germany.  He will address the use of 3D-printed models of vascular, cardiac and bronchial structures for use in surgical planning, patient education and resident training.


Grégory Nolens from the Belgian company Cerhum is going to give a presentation titled ‘Repairing people using innovative bioceramics’, in which he will address when and why 3D printing bone is a good idea, get into more detail regarding the composition of printed bone material, and take the audience on a journey toward contemplating about what will be next?


If the human mechanics can already be mimicked using 3D printing, one might expect the possibility to 3D-print the human biology in the future; is regenerative medicine possible with 3D printing? This is the question Christine Kinet, Business Development Manager with 3D-side, will answer in her presentation.


After a short coffee break, Laura Kastenmayer from Trumpf addresses that Additive Manufacturing is new but not experimental anymore, explains why it makes sense to take a closer look at metal powder bed melting in the medical technology industry, and discusses similarities and differences to established technologies when integrating additive manufacturing into a certified production environment.

3D Systems

Last but not least is Markus Reichmann from 3D Systems who will be talking about ‘Direct Metal Printing – Large serial manufacturing and product development lifecycle of standard implants and surgical instruments’.

The 3D fab+print Conference at MEDICA / COMPAMED 2018 is rounded off with a (panel) discussion and networking opportunity.

Seats are limited, get your tickets now!

More information on the presentations will be published online in the coming weeks.

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*Please note there may be changes in the program which will be published in the online Advance Time Table a.s.a.p.