Manufacturing Technology for 3D-printed Medical and Dental Devices Outpaces Clinical Applications

June 18, 2019 | Categories: Member News

3D-Printed Medical & Dental Devices, Anatomical Models and Tissues: Manufacturing Technology Growth Outpaces Clinical Applications

ASME convenes medical and dental practitioners and manufacturers to accelerate and apply innovation designed to advance human health

NEW YORK (June 12, 2019) – Medical applications of 3D printing—including medical and dental implants, additive manufacturing (AM)-enabled tissue fabrication, patient-matched models and surgical guides, and prosthetics and assistive devices—are expanding rapidly. Every day, physicians are using AM medical technologies to improve patient care. Children with birth defects, soldiers with cranial injuries, conjoined twins, cancer patients and many others have been helped by 3D innovations. The value to individual patients is immeasurable.

The total value of AM machines, materials, software and services for medical applications is projected to reach $2.2 billion by 2024, according to a recent report from Global Market Insights. However, achieving this growth potential requires collaboration between the manufacturing and medical communities to enable technology application.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is leading the charge to move this technology collaboration forward and will host AM Medical: Additive Manufacturing & 3D Innovations on May 27-28, 2020, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The new event focuses exclusively on 3D innovations in an interactive, collaborative environment for learning and sharing. Participants will see and hear more about the latest advancements in 3D printing, materials, quality processes, scanning and visualization; new software solutions for post-processing, modeling and simulation; and more—all in one place. Professionals and organizations with shared interest in growing applications in medical devices, point-of-care, dental and bioprinting will collaborate to advance human health.

“There is an incredible demand for advanced healthcare solutions that impact patient care and operational efficiency,” says ASME President Richard Laudenat. “We are fueling collaborations that will unlock future growth opportunities and improvements for patient care.”

For AM Medical, this collaboration is strengthened by strategic alliances with leading organizations including America Makes and Additive Manufacturing Media. America Makes is a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, working together to innovate and accelerate AM to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Additive Manufacturing Media, a multi-channel media outlet and property of Gardner Business Media, is devoted to industrial applications of 3D printing technology, reporting on the promise of additive, its current applications, advances in technology, the challenges of employing AM effectively, and the relationship of additive manufacturing to other manufacturing operations.

“NCDMM / America Makes is pleased to collaborate with ASME in this important event in the healthcare application space,” says John Wilczynski, executive director of America Makes. “We are excited by this opportunity to engage with the additive manufacturing medical community — leveraging our collaborative innovation model and our broad membership community with the needs of the medical solution providers.”

In addition, the AM Medical advisory panel includes representatives from the leading medical and dental device manufacturers (Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Avalign Technologies), regulatory agencies, medical centers (Mayo Clinic, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Veterans Health Administration), universities (University of Michigan, Penn State University), software and hardware companies (3D Systems, EnvisionTEC, Stratasys, EOS, Formlabs, Materialise) and more.

“New technologies deserve new approaches,” says Debbie Holton, ASME’s managing director of industry events. “We’re excited to offer attendees a comprehensive look at new 3D technologies and an engaging environment with experts sharing experience and discussing practical solutions. This conversation will continue beyond the AM Medical event as ASME will offer ongoing resources including online learning, webinars, certifications and more.”

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About America Makes

As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first Institute within the Manufacturing USA infrastructure and is managed and operated by NCDMM (National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining).

For more information about America Makes, visit and follow @AmericaMakes on Twitter.

About Additive Manufacturing/Gardner Business Media
Additive Manufacturing is the media brand devoted to industrial applications of 3D printing technology. Our editors travel the world exploring the ways manufacturers are using this technology to make tooling, molds, functional prototypes and end-use production parts in a range of industry sectors. We cover everything from 3D printing news and product releases to expert interviews and in-depth application stories centered around real AM users. Our website and social media channels are updated daily with new content related to this mission.

Gardner Business Media is the premier publisher for the heart of manufacturing in North America – providing unique, one-of-a-kind, relevant information of keen interest to the people who power plants, shops, and factories. It was founded in 1928 (as Gardner Publications, Inc.) in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the introduction of Modern Machine Shop magazine. To this day, Modern Machine Shop is recognized around the world as the premier metalworking and machine tool publication in North America. Since then, Gardner has built a niche with eight titles focused on one area: manufacturing. We bring industrial buyers and sellers together through our integrated approach to media.

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About ASME

ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real-world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. For more information visit


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