Medical AM3DP Workforce Development
From prosthetics to tissues, there is a remarkable opportunity for additive manufacturing/3D printing (AM3DP).Medical 3D printing has evolved from science fiction wonderment to a mainstream tool used in hospitals around the world.
To meet the current opportunity — and that of the future — skilled professionals with knowledge and training in both engineering and biology, are urgently needed to imagine, design and produce complex anatomical models and other medical innovations using 3D printing.
There is a challenge, however, to meeting this potential: a lack of skilled professionals who combine the diverse expertise in biology and engineering that is needed to imagine, design and produce complex anatomical models and other medical innovations using 3D printing.
In order to accelerate the recruiting process, medical device manufacturers, clinicians, technology providers, and educators are teaming up to create clear career pathways with an industry Competency Model for those entering the medical AM3DP field in both traditional and non-traditional (point-of-care) manufacturing.
SME the SME Medical AM3DP Workgroup have developed competency models and other tools to support recruitment, as well as training and curriculum development.