on 3D Printing
on 3D Printing
In May 2016 we were happy to host the 1st International Conference on 3D Printing in Medicine, which was successful and inspiring. It has led to many discussions and identified new challenging themes. Such an innovative topic requires the personal and interdisciplinary communication, which can only happen at a conference.
Consequently the 2nd International Conference on 3D Printing in Medicine is again planned for the year 2017 in the Electoral Palace in Mainz. We would like to continue the successful interdisciplinary communication between basic and clinical application. In addition, there will be coherent blocks, that deal with specific clinical applications. One block deals with bioprinting and clinical applications in blood vessel surgery. A second block will focus on the orthopedic applications in the field of individual joint replacements. In the craniomaxillofacial surgical block applications are discussed starting the basic field of 3D printed bone substitutes to the clinical application of individual stents and plates. A fourth block deals with the field of dentistry and aims at the expanded three-dimensional workflow.
We would like to invite you to be present in Mainz for the forthcoming 2nd International Conference on 3D Printing in Medicine and exchange experiences between basic research and clinics. We will enjoy an exciting industry exhibition in the foyer of the Electoral Palace in Mainz and maintain social interaction with colleagues in the old town of Mainz. Moreover we are delighted to have Osteology Foundation as our Collaboration Partner.
Prof. Dr. W. E. G. Müller Prof. Dr. B. Dorweiler Prof. Dr. P. Drees Prof. Dr. Dr. B. Al-Nawas
Physiologic Chemistry Vascular Surgery Orthopedic Surgery Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery
After the exceptional success of the first International Conference of 3D Printing in Medicine, we come together in Mainz again for the second world meeting. New technologies related to 3D printing no longer solely impact the scientific and business communities; they have also become a reality in the daily lives of everyday citizens. It is with great pleasure that I again assume patronage of the conference and extend a warm welcome to you.
3D printing technology is a technical revolution. The growing range of application for 3D printing already today opens up possibilities that until recently were still considered a thing of fiction. In the field of medicine, custom-fit transplants such as jaw-bones, teeth and hip-joints have been made possible by 3D printing. These are manufactured using different materials, such as plastic, ceramic, or metal. 3D printing technologies may, for example, in the coming years make possible the production of 3D-printed hearts true to the originals that can be used to rehearse complicated procedures on prior to real-life intervention. This translates into clear advantages for patients. A look at the topics of this year’s conference shows that even more exciting opportunities are yet to come. Featured amongst those topics is the printing of everything from living cells to, eventually, entire organs.
These revolutionary developments, which are made possible by 3D printing technologies, present many new challenges in different areas of medicine, science and business. Efficient management of these challenges will only be possible through close-knit cooperation in the area of research and development, starting with basic research, on to applied research and through to market entry. To this purpose, not only will it be essential to network both horizontally and vertically, but also to take into account and discuss the regulatory framework.
3D printing offers great growth potential for the scientific and economic location, and above all, great opportunities for society. For these reasons, the state of Rhineland-Palatinate has for years been supportive of these developments. I am therefore pleased that after the success of last year’s conference, the 2nd International Conference on 3D Printing in Medicine is once again taking place in Mainz.
I wish you all, dear participants of this conference, an interesting event complete with exciting lectures and discussions!
Minister President of Rhineland-Palatinate
Dear Sir or Madam,
We are very pleased to welcome you here in Mainz for the 2nd International Conference on 3D Printing in Medicine from 19 – 20 May 2017.
The state capital was able to position itself successfully in the context of the first Conference on 3D printing last year. Experts from a wide range of disciplines such as medicine, materials sciences, engineering, information and communication sciences, gathered to discuss the innovative possibilities of the 3D printing process in medicine. Synergies were exploited and new applications were considered. This interdisciplinary and, at the same time, cross-sector dialogue between participants from both science and industry distinguishes the congress with its accompanying industrial exhibition greatly and offers excellent opportunities to find strategic partners. The intelligent networking of scientific medical research with cutting-edge technological developments builds the foundation for pioneering innovation. This year’s congress focuses on both the opportunities and challenges created by the use of 3D printing in regenerative medicine. Individually tailored, more precise implants reflect personalized patient care, which is increasingly becoming more and more important not least because of the demographic developments.
3D printing techniques are used in various medical disciplines, especially where the replacement of tissue or bone is concerned. The application of this pioneering additive manufacturing process is changing work processes and production processes, and not only in the field of medicine. New forms of cooperation are emerging within the healthcare industry, which are already changing the entire medical supply chain.
The State Government of Rhineland Palatinate supports research into 3D printing, including such programs as BiomaTiCS – Biomaterials, Tissues and Cells in Science, an interdisciplinary research focus program at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. In addition to elaborating the fundamentals for the economic use of this technology, the development of new therapeutic approaches, as well as the networking of the different medical fields will also receive special attention at the conference.
Bringing together experts from different medical disciplines and other sectors for a conference on the topic of 3D printing in an international context, gives us the opportunity to make significant advances in this area, strengthen scientific and industrial innovative power, and at the same time, continually improve patient care. We wish you a successful congress!
Dr. Volker Wissing Prof. Dr. Konrad Wolf
Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister for Science, Further Education
Transport, Agriculture and Viniculture and Cultural Affairs