Download presentations from the event:
- Mick Maher’s presentation on DARPA’s Open Manufacturing initiative
- Brad Ringeisen’s overview of NRL Bioprinting
- Peter Liacouras’ presentation on Walter Reed’s 3D Prosthetics capability
- Harry MacArthur’s talk about Terumo Medical
- Elisa Arch’s presentation on UDel prosthetics work
- Warren Grayson’s slides on JHU’s bio-engineering initiatives
Over 150 manufacturers, scientists, educators, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts put their heads together to explore the latest trends and capabilities in Bio-Medical Additive Manufacturing at a half-day symposium, New Frontiers in Bio-Medical Additive Manufacturing, on March 4, 2016, at Cecil County School of Technology in Elkton, MD. Cecil County is home to major manufacturing entities, such as W.L. Gore and Terumo Medical.
Topics included materials and applications, bioengineering tissues and implantable devices, rehabilitation and wearable health technology, government R&D, and business and market trends. Speakers included experts from MEDCOM, DARPA, Walter Reed, Naval Research Laboratory, WL Gore, Army Rapid Prototyping Lab, University of MD, Johns Hopkins and numerous industry partners and start-ups.
“Additive manufacturing represents a significant opportunity for the state of Maryland to be at the leading edge of a technology that is going to dramatically reshape how we live, work, and play,” said Rick Decker, executive director of the Regional Additive Manufacturing Partnership (RAMP MD), and the Symposium host. “3D Printing will revolutionize the bio-medical field, and because of the incredible capabilities here, Maryland is poised to play a national leadership role in this industry.”
Additive manufacturing is particularly critical to bio-medical devices and prosthetics as it enables complete customization to fit an individual’s exact body composition. This technology reduces the time and costs to bring a new product to market because it can generate single prototypes that can be modified and re-printed for testing until the best final product is achieved. Additive manufacturing also shortens the development time of new products, giving a lift to small business and start-ups.
The symposium took place Friday, March 4, 8 am- noon at the Cecil County School of Technology. Congressman Andy Harris, a medical doctor and 1st District Congressman, provided a keynote speech.
The event was sponsored by:
- Harford County Office of Economic Development
- Cecil County Office of Economic Development
- Baltimore County Office Economic and Workforce Development
- Towson University at Northeastern Maryland
- Maryland Department of Commerce
- D. Wheatley Enterprises
- Root3 Labs
- SURVICE Engineering
- Chesapeake Testing
- Cecil County Public Library
- WL Gore
- Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore