Medicine still poses new challenges to science and technology, and the development of electronics and biomedical engineering is changing surgery, diagnostics and rehabilitation. One of the platforms for the exchange of information on the future of the industry were the Pomeranian 3D Printing Days – MED – the first nationwide conference on printing in 3D technology in medicine that ended yesterday. On 4–5 December, everyone interested in this innovative technology could participate in lectures and discussion panels, as well as watch live the production process on 3D printers.
For the first time the event was organized by the Tri-City technology parks working together as part of the Integrated 3D Printing Centre: Gdańsk Science and Technology Park, Pomeranian Science and Technology Park and Bibus Menos company from the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone.
During the first day of the event at the Gdańsk Science and Technology Park, participants learned how the three-dimensional models from 3D printers can be used for research, diagnostic, therapeutic or educational purposes. The panellists were, among others, programmer Wojciech Wojtkowski from Elbląg (Stowarzyszenie Serce 3D (the 3D Heart Association)), dr Henryk Olszewski (Stowarzyszenie Serce 3D) and dr Anna Wójcicka from the Medical University of Warsaw. On the first day of the conference, the Management Board of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone – represented by the Vice President Paweł Lulewicz and the zone company Bibus Menos signed an agreement on the support for the 3D Heart Association in printing heart models for cardiac surgery.
The use of 3D models for illustrative and diagnostic purposes is becoming more and more popular. At the same time, there is a growing list of their applications as bone implants and limb prostheses damaged as a result of diseases or accidents. This was the organizers’ focus during the second day of the conference, hosted by the Gdynia Pomeranian Science and Technology Park. Here, too, both expert advice and overcoming evidence that 3D printing is the future of modern medicine were present.
View the photo gallery from the event HERE.