The 3D printing revolution in healthcare

March 2017

The potential of 3D printing for medical purposes is staggering and Dr Keith McLean Director, CSIRO Manufacturing and Club Melbourne Ambassador is looking forward to the upcoming conference in Melbourne in November.

Dr McLean only has to point to UK resident Edward Evans, who had has sternum replaced with a custom fitted titanium replacement, courtesy of Anatomics Pty Ltd in Melbourne and CSIRO. Without it, his organs were extremely vulnerable and his quality of life was greatly diminished.

It may only be one example, but this shows how 3D printing could not only transform surgery, but all aspects of healthcare.

It is for this reason that Dr Keith McLean is thrilled to be attending 3D Printing for Life Sciences alongside several hundred delegates from Australia, the Asia-Pacific and the rest of the world.

Melbourne will host the 3D Printing for Life Sciences conference at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 12 – 14 November.

“The application of 3D Printing has the potential to revolutionise surgery and healthcare and it is the application of the technology in patients that most excites me. Seeing the work of multi-disciplinary teams actually being used for health and commercial outcomes is fascinating,” Dr Keith McLean said.

It’s also an excellent opportunity, as Dr Keith McLean explains, for Melbourne and Australia “to form new partnerships which can help promote Australian expertise and open new markets.”

Melbourne is already seen a global leader in medical technology, demonstrated by the fact the conference is being held in our own backyard.

“Melbourne is one of the true centres of excellence in biomedical and clinical research globally and has innovative institutions, researchers, surgeons and companies who are taking leading roles in developing 3D printing for medical applications. Melbourne is, of course, a great place to visit and MCEC is one of the best in the world,” Dr Keith McLean said.

If a bespoke sternum bone could improve Edward Evan’s life and healthcare outcome, just think about what other areas could be revolutionised using the innovative technology.

3D printing could prove to be an elegant and cost effective solution to a plethora of medical issues. Whether it lives up to its possibilities is another thing. However, you can find out where the industry is and where it’s headed by attending the 3D Printing for Life Sciences conference later this year.

Clinicians surgeons, biomedical engineers, researchers, dentists and hardware manufacturers will just be some of the people interested in attending the event, which will present cutting edge research and technology, as well as promote talks from industry leaders.