WIMAS (International Workshop on Additive Manufacturing for Healthcare) took place in Campina Grande, Brazil from November 18-20th. The event gathered together representatives from several different sectors interested in applying additive manufacturing (commonly known as 3D printing) in healthcare. Among the guests, there were people from the academy like researchers from IME (Military Institute of Engineering) from Rio de Janeiro, NUTES (Center of Strategic Technologies for Health) and the team from the Sao Paulo-based Renato Archer Institute. There were also representatives from regulatory bodies like ANVISA (Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency) and the FDA; public institutions like the Ministry of Health and the SENAI Innovation Institute. Besides people from the private sector and companies like URI Medical and Biokyra.
During the event, it was discussed relevant strategic issues for the application of the technology in healthcare as the development of protocols throughout the model building process, from segmentation of the medical image, i.e. regulate programs that make this process, until the manufacturing process used for materialization of the implant or biomodel, besides the form of sterilization and the risk ratings for each 3D printed product.
In addition to the round discussions, Biokyra had the opportunity to present the surgical cases that have recently been done and the products that are being developed within the company.