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Rapid Medical Response to COVID-19 Fireside Chat

April 1, 2021      |     6:00 pm (EST)

The global COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 brought with it a variety of public health challenges and economic consequences at a scale, scope, and pace not experienced in many decades. Additive manufacturing and 3D Printing were called upon to help quickly fill inventory and supply shortages of medical equipment from basic personal protective equipment to more sophisticated respirators and ventilators. This rapid and focused response by the manufacturing sector and the additive manufacturing community was integral to a variety of other essential critical infrastructure sectors and their workers, and was vital to slowing the spread and mitigating the many adverse consequences of the virus – saving many lives.

This fireside chat explores how organizations applied Additive Manufacturing/3D printing to address medical supply challenges and the crisis response. This panel discussion will bring together Medical AM experts to share their Rapid Medical response story.

Following the panel, the DDM Advisory Team will discuss the 2021 Digital Manufacturing Challenge theme, RAPID Medical Response, and take questions from student teams and faculty. The Digital Manufacturing Challenge deadline has been extended to June 1, 2021. The winners will have an opportunity to showcase their submissions and will be recognized at 2021 RAPID + TCT.

The fireside chat is brought to you by SME’s Direct Digital Manufacturing Advisory Team and Medical Additive Manufacturing Advisory Team.




Carl Dekker
Met-L-Flo Inc.



Amy Alexander
Senior Biomedical Engineer
Mayo Clinic



Jonathan Ford
Biomedical Engineer
University of South Florida
Godfrey Onwubolu
Delta Additive Manufacturing
Sarah Rimini
Program Director of Radiology’s 3D Lab
Nicole Wake, PhD
Director of the 3D Imaging Lab