The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM), the independent entity setup by the Government of Telangana and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, hosted the first-ever National Conference on 3D Printing in Medical Devices and Implants at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre.
The event was inaugurated today by the Hon’ble Minister for ITE&C, Industries and MA&UD, Sri K T Rama Rao along with Ms. Michelle Wade, Commissioner – South Asia at Global Victoria, State Government of Victoria, Australia, Mr. Jayesh Ranjan IAS, Principal Secretary, ITE&C and Industries, Smt. Rama Devi Lanka, CIO NCAM, Director Emerging Technologies Wing and OSD, ITE&C Department and Mr. Jaspreet Sidhu, CEO NCAM.
National Conference on 3D Printing In Medical Devices and Implants
The one-day national conference on 3D printing featured exhibitions of the most recent 3D printing technology, panel discussions on the most recent trends, applications, and challenges of this technology in medicine, and a round table where doctors, industry leaders, and academic experts discussed the road map for developing an ecosystem for additive manufacturing in medicine.
Some of the prominent panellists included Global industry leaders such Mr. Sam O’leary, CEO, SLM Solutions AG, Mr. Anand Prakasam, Country Head, EOS GmbH, senior medical professionals such as Dr. Mahendranath Reddy, Chairman, CPR, Indian Prosthodontic Society and Dr. Girish Rao, National Honorary General Secretary, Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons of India (AOMSI) and academic experts like Dr. Koushik Vishwanathan, Asst Professor, IISc Bangalore. The conference was attended by over 500 doctors specializing in Dental, Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, Cardiology, Oncology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthotics and Prosthetics Surgery from across the country.
In his keynote address, the Honorable Minister Sri K T Rama Rao discussed how NCAM and the national conference on 3D printing can contribute to establishing Telangana as a leader in emerging technologies by bolstering the state’s start-up and innovation ecosystem.
“India has a huge opportunity in the 3D printing segment to become a dominant player. During the pandemic, we observed several young entrepreneurs display their innovation and use 3D printing to quickly develop parts of ventilators and other devices. We also have T-works that has been using 3D printing for their prototyping efforts. Through all these efforts, Telangana intends to get a jump start at this hugely promising sector and it is with this intent we established NCAM and conducted this key conference.”– Hon’ble Minister Sri K T Rama Rao
The announcement of 20 partnerships with leading organisations in AM technology from India and abroad, including EOS GmbH, SLM Solutions AG, Markforged, Wipro 3D, 3D Systems, Redington Group, Intech Additive, Imaginarium, NIT Warangal, ARCI, Lodestar 3D, and Deakin University Australia, was one of the highlights of the Conference. These partnerships will assist NCAM in achieving its primary goal of promoting the adoption of additive manufacturing in India, enabling the indigenization and commercialization of AM parts, components, and materials, and disrupting the Additive Manufacturing industry in India.
During the inauguration, the Principal Secretary, Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, also introduced the new CEO of NCAM, Mr. Jaspreet Sidhu. Mr. Sidhu has seventeen years of experience in business development, operations, and strategy within the additive manufacturing industry in Europe, India, and the Middle East.
“A significant momentum is developing in India for use for 3D printing in medical sector, and therefore the very first event of NCAM is this national conference of 3D printing. Healthcare has always been one of our high priority sectors and we hope to see an increased adoption and accessibility of 3D Printed Medical Devices & Implants within India to ensure better health outcomes. I hope this conference is a learning moment for all participants and we can leverage this gathering today to build a stronger and advance medical community.”– Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary
The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing is already operational and is physically located inside the Osmania university campus. The centre will be the national focal point for various 3D printing advancements in the country.
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