SME – Expansive Growth in Medical 3D Printing Industry Creates Demand for Experts

  • SME white paper details recruiting and retaining the next generation of biomedical experts

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 15, 2017) – SME’s Medical Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Workgroup discusses the opportunities and challenges in the crossover between engineering and biology in a white paper released today. Industry will need to rely on a competency model to guide hospitals and device manufacturers recruit and retain the next generation of biomedical experts. With the rapid growth and potentially life-saving benefits of additive technologies, there is urgency around recruiting and training bioengineers who can handle what is essentially, a new occupation requiring unique skillsets.

As 3D printing in healthcare expands, industry, clinicians and educators need access to a universal competency model for biomedical experts that ensures consistent training from university level to on-the-job training. This will ensure a full, consistently trained pipeline of skilled workers who can fulfill the current opportunity and innovate into the future, benefiting business and, most importantly, public health. For more information and to download the white paper, visit

SME Medical Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Workgroup –  Making a difference through collaboration
The SME Medical Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Workgroup supports users of medical and biomedical application technology. Members represent medical device manufacturers, clinicians, technology providers and more, including Mayo Clinic, Biomet, University of Michigan, Smith & Nephew, Materialise, nScrypt, Leuven Medical Technology Centre, DePuy Synthes, Stryker Orthopaedics, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Johnson & Johnson and Northwestern University. By providing content to address the latest industry developments, identify gaps in standards, and build evidence for additive manufacturing applications in medicine, the group helps drive technology to improve and save lives.

For more information about Medical Additive Manufacturing/ 3D Printing:

Lauralyn McDaniel, Industry Manager

Source: SME

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