The American Society of Medical Engineers (ASME) announced that it is hosting a first-of-its-kind conference covering 3D printing in Minneapolis in a few months’ time.
The event, set to take place from May 27-28 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, is titled “AM Medical: Additive Manufacturing & 3D Innovations.” According to a news release, it will be an interactive experience to provide a forum for clinicians, engineers and manufacturers to collaborate in the fields of 3D printing and personalized health care.
ASME noted that it is monitoring the coronavirus situation as it progresses and will be considering recommendations from the CDC and WHO with regards to the event. Several industry conferences have already been canceled or postponed due to the outbreak of the virus.
Programming at the event is set to include Consult Station, Start-up Alley, InnoZone and XR Center, which ASME hopes will encourage discussion and co-creation. Panelists from Medtronic (NYSE:MDT), Stryker (NYSE:SYK), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Mayo Clinic, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI), Dimension Inx and the FDA are also slated to be present.
“There is an incredible demand for advanced healthcare solutions that impact patient care and operational efficiency,” ASME president Richard Laudenat said in the news release. “We are fueling collaborations that will unlock future growth opportunities and improvements for patient care. There’s potential for exceptional applications to become accessible to more patients as device manufacturers harness the technology for production on a larger scale.”
Participants at the events will have the opportunity to hear about advancements in 3D printing, materials, quality processes, scanning and visualization, along with new software solutions for post-processing, modeling and simulation. Along with the presentations, attendees are set to choose from 30 technical sessions across four tracks: medical device manufacturing, dental applications, 3D biofabrication and point-of-care manufacturing and clinical applications.
“Transformational technologies deserve new approaches,” ASME managing director of industry events Debbie Holton said. “We’re excited to offer attendees a comprehensive look at 3D technologies with real-world applications that impact all of us. Our innovative event design engages experts and newcomers from all fields to drive technology forward. This conversation will continue beyond the AM Medical event as ASME will offer ongoing resources including online learning, webinars, and more.”