Materialise NV has announced it is organising a two-day conference at Cobo, Detroit, USA, June 7-8, 2018. ‘The Materialise Experience: Transforming 3D Printing’ will feature presentations from the manufacturing, medical device and healthcare industries. Additionally, on June 6, attendees are invited to tour Materialise’s North American headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan and attend a hands-on training program on Materialise software.
“With companies from automakers to major hospitals adopting 3D printing, the industry has come a long way since our founder bought his first printer and began writing software for manufacturing nearly 30 years ago,” stated Bryan Crutchfield, Vice President and General Manager of Materialise North America. “With The Materialise Experience, we are bringing together professionals at the forefront of 3D printing technology to show how their organizations are collaborating, innovating and pushing the boundaries of 3D printing across industries.”
The Materialise Experience will follow three industry tracks:
- Additive Manufacturing: Leaders from the manufacturing and automotive industries will share their experiences and current innovations in Additive Manufacturing and the future of the technology, including metal Additive Manufacturin, streamlined production and applications beyond prototyping. The lineup includes, Michael Whitens, global director of vehicle & enterprise sciences at Ford Motor Company, who will discuss key enablers to accelerate additive manufacturing growth and how to create a mind shift in modelling, part design and consolidation, materials and supply chain.
- Medical Devices: Experts from medical device companies will discuss how they have utilised AM technology and their vision for future innovations in their companies. During one medical device session, Bill Hartman, director of global technologies at Zimmer Biomet will discuss the value of implementing 3D planning and printing and how the technology enhances patient services.
- Hospital: Hospital leaders will present best practices, including how to set up on-site print labs, new approaches to surgeries, insurance reimbursements and comparisons between insourcing versus outsourcing. Among the hospital leaders presenting will be Dee Dee Wang, MD, director of the Center for Structural Heart Disease at Henry Ford Health System, who will discuss the impact of integrating AM and planning into structural heart interventions.
The program also includes networking as well as keynote speakers from Materialise and other organisations on the leading edge of AM, such as GE, General Motors, Boston Children’s Hospital, DePuy Synthes and more.