Hardly any field of medicine develops as fast as that of 3D printing and 3D bioprinting, which is are a branches of additive manufacturing. The Society for 3D Printing in Medicine was launched at the last conference on 3D printing in Mainz. We would like to invite colleagues to share their information and experience again in 2018, and to give researchers, biologists, materials scientists, surgeons and other interested people the opportunity to meet and discuss presentations.
The interdisciplinary approach means seeing how 3D printing is understood and applied in other disciplines. It is also important to establish a link between groundwork and hospital work and to ensure that 3D printing is geared for the future. Only then 3D printing will become a reality in hospitals.
Mainz offers a wonderful setting for this, and we look forward to lively discussions and debate taking place at what promises to be an exciting trade fair.
Special Dental Day
We want this year’s conference to present for the first time an exhibition on the world of dentistry. The exhibition will be shown in a separate room. The aim is to identify which 3D printing methods are already practicable and what is now being done. Most colleagues will not be aware of what is already possible. We would therefore like to use a combination of trade fair, lectures and workshops on Saturday to showcase a practical application, which we also want to introduce to practitioners by teaming up with the Central German Association for Dental Implantology (MVZI).
Prof. Dr. Dr. Bilal Al-Nawas
This year’s conference will also be used to further shape the Society for 3D Printing in Medicine, launched last year.
With already more than 90 members the society will be a strong player in this exciting field and will help to stimulate research, interdisciplinary exchange, commercialization and teaching in all related fields. As 3D printing for biomedical applications is a highly multidisciplinary research topic the society locates itself at the interfaces between the different disciplines. It will support exchange of knowledge and experiences and help to translate between the different special ‘languages’.
Of crucial importance is the integration of clinicians as the proposed end-users of 3D printing in medicine as they are the ones defining current needs and interesting new potential applications.
The 3rd Conference on 3D Printing in Medicine will be the optimal opportunity to learn about newest developments in the field, to meet colleagues and friends – and also to join the new society!
Prof. Dr. Michael Gelinsky