2020 edition in Maastricht

On February 4 and 5, 2020, MECC Maastricht hosted a two-day event focused on the latest 3D Printing innovations in medicine. The event included a conference with dedicated sessions to 3D pharma printing, 3D medtech printing, 3D bioprinting, 3D printing applications in surgery and dentistry, lab tours and demo corners and an exhibition.

Day 1, February 4 included parallel sessions on 3D Dental Printing and 3D Bioprinting, where 18 speakers in total talked about such topics as Use of 3D data in digital dentistry, 3D printed implants in maxilofacial surgery, Printing microvessels for organoid bioengineering, Smart materials for treating osteoporotic fractures, Laser-Assisted Bioprinting, Regulations, to name only a few.

Representatives from Ignident, DSM Additive Manufacturing, Orthomodul, Lake3D, University of Freiburg, Ghent University, Warrant Hub S.p.A, KU Leuven, 3Dmouthguard, 3DIFIC, MERLN Institute, Inserm, Contipro, Allevi, Simufact, Dublin University & more spoke during these sessions.

Day 2, February 5 included parallel sessions on 3D printing pharmaceuticals and 3D medtech printing, as well as an extensive Plenary Session focused on 3D printing in (Non) Academic Hospitals (sharing experiences, do’s and don’ts, how to start, multidisciplinary collaboration, legal issues). 20 speakers from reputed companies, universities and research institutes were there to share their views.

Among the topics discussed: Personalised drug delivery, 3D printed implants for skeletal tissue engineering, Cryptopharmaceuticals, 3D printed pediatric medicines, Voxel printing for surgery, 3D food printing. Speakers from Materialise, TNO, University of Liege, University of Copenhagen, MIX Design, Åbo Akademi, University of Nottingham, Kumovis, Qserve Consultancy, OLVG (Onze Lieve Vrouwen Hospital), 3D4OP / Tel Aviv Medical Center, University Medical Center Groningen, Maastricht University and more were present on this day.

The program of both days also included a MERLN Institute lab tour and an expo. Several companies like SISMA, Simufact Engineering, Cellink, I&L Biosystems, Materialise, FELIXprinters, Volatile Innovation as well as Student demo corners could be found there. This expo was a mix of companies and student projects, aimed at sharing and connecting experience, business and knowledge.

Below you can find the full program of both days of the conference, the exhibitors, student demo corners, partners and a photo gallery.


4 February

Registration and Welcome
Parallel Session: 3D Dental Printing
Parallel Session: 3D Bio Printing
kety sindzeMODERATOR: Kety Sindze, Business Developer, 3D Adept pieter hermansMODERATOR: Pieter Hermans, Matchmaker for Innovators, Jakajima, Read more
09:3010:00Yi Sun, Head of 3D surgical planning Lab – Oral and maxillofacial surgery, UZ Leuven, Belgium, on "Application of 3D printed patient specific implant in oral and maxillofacial surgery", Read morelisa bregoliLisa Bregoli, EU funding expert, Senior Project Manager, Warrant Hub S.p.A., European Funding Division, on "EU-funded project GIOTTO: The next challenge for smarT nanobiOmaterials and 3D technologies to treat osteoporotic fractures", Read more
10:0010:30Emanuele PaolettoEmanuele Paoletto, Certified dental technician, ORTHOMODUL Lab Manager, on "Orthodontics in the digital world: a 3D approach combining LMF and DLP technologies", Read morePrasad Shastri, Professor and Director of the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Freiburg, Germany, om 'Translational Challenges in 3D-Bioprinting', Read more
10:3011:00Rene van der MeerRené van der Meer, CTO & Co-Founder, Lake3D, on "Disruptive Multi Material 3D Technology for 3D Dental Printing and beyond", Read more silvia farèSilvia Farè, Associate Professor, Politecnico di Milano, on "3D printing of thermo-responsive hydrogels", Read more
Coffee Break, Networking and visit Expo
11:4512:15gabi janssenGabi Janssen, Business Development Manager Healthcare, DSM Additive Manufacturing, on "How do regulations impact your medical production?", Read moreSandra Van VlierbergheSandra Van Vlierberghe, Professor (BOF-ZAP), Ghent University, on "3D-printing of photo-crosslinkable polymers for tissue engineering purposes", Read more
12:1512:45Arno HermansArno Hermans, Founder, 3Dmouthguard, on "Turning your upperjaw into a mouthguard", Read moreAdrian RangaAdrian Ranga, Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Bioengineering and Morphogenesis, KU Leuven, on "Printing microvessels for organoid bioengineering", Read more
Lunch, Networking and visit Expo
Lab Tour to MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine [FULLY BOOKED] More information
14:1514:45Alessandro RicciAlessandro Ricci, Managing Director, 3DIFIC, Italy, on "The use of planning aids in perinatal Congenital Heart Diseases", Read morecarlos motaCarlos Mota, Assistant Professor, MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine, on "Bioprinting of renal models", Read more
14:4515:15Petra ClaußPetra Clauß, Managing Director, Ignident, on "How to get 3-D-Data of human patients for planning and working with in the workflow of the digital dentistry", Read morenathalie dusserreNathalie Dusserre, Head of Cells and Quality, Inserm, France, on 'Laser-Assisted Bioprinting: Effect on Bone Regeneration', Read more
Break, Networking and visit Expo
16:0016:30marek pokornyMarek Pokorny, Senior Researcher, Head of the Group of Nano and Micro Technologies, Contipro a.s., on "Nanofiber technologies for improving the biological compatibility of metal implants", Read moreRicky SolorzanoRicky Solorzano, CEO, Allevi, on "What if every scientist had an easy way to print and pattern cells", Read more
16:3017:00mathieu perennouMathieu Perennou, Director of Sales & Business Development EMEA Region, Simufact Engineering GmbH, on "Simulating Additive Manufacturing - Optimizing quality, time & costs", Read more Nicholas JacobsonNicholas Jacobson, Founder/ Design Researcher, MIX Design, on "Voxel Printing for Surgery", Read more
Drinks, Networking and visit Expo

5 February

Registration and Welcome
Parallel Session: 3D Pharma Printing
Parallel Session: 3D Medtech Printing
pieter hermansMODERATOR: Pieter Hermans, Matchmaker for Innovators, Jakajima, Read moreAlessandro RicciMODERATOR: Alessandro Ricci, 3Dific
09:3010:00Anton AulbersAnton Aulbers, Senior Consultant 3D Pharma Printing, TNO, on "Digital Drug Manufacturing - towards truly personalized drug delivery", Read moreLiesbet GerisProfessor Liesbet Geris, Head of Biomechanics Research Unit, University of Liège, on "Using digital twins to design 3D printed implants for skeletal tissue engineering", Read more
10:0010:30natalja geninaNatalja Genina, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, Department of Pharmacy, on 'Cryptopharmaceuticals: Smart dosage forms', Read moredenis dowlingProf. Denis Dowling, Director, I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre,
University College Dublin, on "In-situ process monitoring during the Selective Laser Melted Ti-6Al-4V porous biomaterials", Read more
10:3011:00Heidi öblomHeidi Öblom, PhD Student, Åbo Akademi University, Finland, on 'Towards printed pediatric medicines in hospital pharmacies', Read moretassilo moritz Tassilo Moritz, Group Leader "Shaping and Additive Manufacturing", Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany, on "Individualized bone replacement parts by hybrid ceramic manufacturing', Read more
Coffee Break, Networking and visit Expo
11:3013:00Antien ZuidbergAntien Zuidberg, Professor of Practice (Lector), HAS University of Applied Sciences, on "3D Food printing for better eating", Read moreMaria Camara TorresMaria Cámara Torres, PhD Student, MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine, on "Boosting bone regeneration: Additive manufacturing of continuous gradient scaffolds using functional composite materials", Read more
ricky wildman
Ricky Wildman, Professor, Centre for Additive Manufacturing, University of Nottingham, on "Formulating for 3D printing of pharmaceuticals", Read morestefan leonhardtStefan Leonhardt, Managing Partner, Kumovis, Germany, on "3D Printing with High Perfomance Polymers for Implants and other Medical Products", Read more
netta beerNetta Beer, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Pharmacy, Copenhagen University, on 'Is 3D printing of personalized medicine feasible? The Dutch perspective'', Read more Jan-Paul van LoonJan-Paul van Loon, Senior Consultant, Qserve Consultancy, on "Printing medical devices under the MDR: changed world?", Read more
Lunch, Networking and visit Expo
Lab Tour to MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine [FULLY BOOKED], More information
Plenary Session: 3D printing in (Non) Academic Hospitals, part 1
(sharing experiences, do's and don'ts, how to start, multidisciplinary collaboration, legal issues)
pieter hermansMODERATOR: Pieter Hermans, Matchmaker for Innovators, Jakajima, Read more
vera lagerburgVera Lagerburg, Medical physicist, OLVG, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on "3D printing - from idea to clinical practice", Read more
limor havivLimor Haviv, Surgical 3D Printing Designer, 3D4OP / Tel Aviv Medical Center, on 'The role of in-house surgical 3D printing hubs in hospital', Read more
Joris PloegmakersJoris Ploegmakers, Orthopaedic Surgeon, University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), on "3D Printed Custom Made Bone Solutions (clinical implementation)", Read more
Coffee Break, Networking and visit Expo
Plenary Session: 3D printing in (Non) Academic Hospitals, part 2
(sharing experiences, do's and don'ts, how to start, multidisciplinary collaboration, legal issues)
koen willemsenKoen Willemsen, MD / 3D Specialist, UMC Utrecht, on "3D printing challenges within an academic hospital", Read more
Holger JahrHolger Jahr, Associate Professor, Uniklinik RWTH Aachen, on "Comparing biocompatibilities of 3D-printed absorbable metal implants", Read more
Raymond BeversRaymond Bevers, Project Manager, Maastricht University, on "Prosperos: Lessons learned for 3D printed implants", Read more
simon van ooteghemDUO PRESENTATION: Simon Vanooteghem, 3D Printing in Healthcare - Business Development, Materialise, on '3D Point-of-Care: What, Why and How',
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maaike koenradesDUO PRESENTATION: Maaike Koenrades, Project Lead Innovation 3D Technology, Medisch Spectrum Twente, on '3D Point-of-Care: What, Why and How', Read more
End of conference


If you are interested to become partner / sponsor / exhibitor of the 3D Medical Printing Series on the following themes, 3D Biopinting, 3D Medtech Printing, 3D Pharma Printing or 3D Dental Printing, please contact us with this form.

Student demo corners:

Student Demo Corner - FULLY BOOKED

Coralie Gréant, PhD Student, & Laurens Parmentier, Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials Group, Ghent University3D printing of polymers for biomedical applications, More information
Beatrice BelgioBeatrice Belgio, PhD Student, Politecnico di Milano3D Bioprinting as a promising tool for retinal regeneration, More information
bruno grandinettiBruno Grandinetti, PhD Student, European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy3D Printing of Photoresponsive Polymers for Microrobotics and Regenerative Medicine, More information
George DzavaryanGeorge Dzavaryan, Augment BionicsAugment Bionics, More information
sofia santiSofia Santi, Università degli Studi di TrentoProduction of hydrogels based on modified-silk fibroin, More information
yuyanf wuYuyang Wu, PhD student | Centre for Additive Manufacturing, AMIChemEReactive extrusion 3D printing, More information
Andrea Alice KontaAndrea Alice Konta, Doctoral Researcher, University of Nottingham
New biomaterials, More information
ling yongLing Yong, University of NottinghamNew fungal resistant copolymer, More information
Athina LiaskoniAthina Liaskoni, PhD student, University of Nottingham3D Printed Polymeric Implants For Drug Therapy, More information
Marica MalenicaMarica Malenica, PhD student, University of NottinghamJet mixing: towards continuous production of core-shell particles for biomedical selective laser sintering, More information


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