The transformative power of co-creation observed through the lens of Additive Manufacturing – Presented by Kristel Van den Bergh, Materialise

The transformative power of co-creation observed through the lens of Additive Manufacturing – Presented by Kristel Van den Bergh, Materialise, at the 3D Medtech Printing Conference, February 01, 2017, at MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Additive manufacturing presents many exciting opportunities for the Medtech and wearables space, from rapid prototyping to final certified production. However, this raises questions with regards to product development:

  • How can we make the most of 3DP opportunities to create the greatest value?
  • How to ensure companies build innovations that are relevant for its customers and welcomed by the stakeholders in the ecosystem?
  • How do these innovations transform the way professionals interact with their customers?
  • How will supply chains for digitally manufactured applications change?

Through practical case studies from the medical and wearables industries, we will demonstrate the value of open innovation thinking where meaningful applications emerge through a guided co-collaborative process.

About Kristel Van den Bergh

Kristel is an intrapreneur passionate about people and innovation. She has lead product launches in varied sectors and geographies, including Europe, China, and North Africa.  Kristel’s Additive Manufacturing career started in China where she spent several years expanding the medical portfolio in the region. In 2016 she joined Materialise’s Corporate Innovation team where she is working on the development of a new wearable for the geriatric market. In parallel she assists companies from different industries to identify sweet-spot opportunities of 3D Printing, and helps translate these into game-changing applications via co-creation journeys.

About Materialise

Materialise incorporates more than 25 years of 3D printing experience into a range of software solutions and 3D printing services, which together form the backbone of 3D printing technologies. Materialise’s open and flexible solutions enable players in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design, and consumer goods, to build innovative 3D printing applications that aim to make the world a better and healthier place. Headquartered in Belgium, with branches worldwide, Materialise combines the largest group of software developers in the industry with one of the largest 3D printing facilities in the world. For additional information, please visit:

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