The SME says that as 3D printing in healthcare expands, industry, clinicians and educators need access to a universal competency model for biomedical experts that ensures consistent training.

The organization discusses the opportunities and challenges in the crossover between engineering and biology in a new white paper which can be found here

‘From prosthetics to advanced tissue applications, there is a remarkable opportunity for additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing, to benefit health and drive business results,’ the organization said. ‘Expected to be a $1.21 billion market by 2020, medical 3D printing has evolved from producing prototypes to a mainstream medical tool used in hospitals around the world. There is a challenge, however, to meeting this potential: A lack of skilled professionals who combine the diverse expertise in biology and engineering needed to imagine, design and produce complex anatomical models, procedures, technologies and other innovations using 3D printing in medical applications.’

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