3D Medical Printing Zone

The second edition of the 3D printing zone was featured at Arab Health 2017 for its second edition, having had a greater outcome and engaging with more visitors than before. Visitors of the dedicated space had the opportunity to discover various technological innovations that are revolutionising healthcare today.

Our partners and participants showcased their products and demonstrated the possibilities that 3D printing can achieve for healthcare. Arab Health saw the creation of several new sustainable collaborations, including partnerships with the international charity Médecins Sans Frontières (otherwise known as Doctors Without Borders) and the Dubai Health Authority. 

2017 Featured Activity

Médecins Sans Frontières International
(Doctors Without Borders)

The Arab Health team met with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) prior to Arab Health 2017, and discovered that two of the charity’s doctors would be attending the 3D printing conference to learn how the technology could help their practice.

Together with one of the show’s sponsors, the Arab Health team arranged for the donation of a 3D printer to MSF to assist with the organisation’s worldwide humanitarian work. This was a fruitful partnership, heralding the beginning of a longer-term collaboration.

Arab Health donation to MSF

The printer, an Ultimaker 3, is now being utilised by MSF in a refugee camp in Jordan, where doctors at the Amman Surgical Reconstruction Hospital are using 3D printing technology to explore various medical applications, such as prosthetics, in a humanitarian setting. Clara Nordon, the director of the MSF Foundation, praised the collaboration, saying that the printer will be tested in real conditions and should tests be conclusive, it will “help MSF translate 3D printing technology into products which can solve real-world problems”.

Dubai Health Authority

Arab Health and the Dubai Health Authority forged a strategic partnership which offered healthcare professionals in the region a revolutionary insight into the future of 3D medical printing. With the theme ‘Fast Forward 2030’, the 3D Medical Printing Zone at Arab Health featured the latest pioneering technologies in 3D medical printing, along with hands-on workshops and a conference with regional and international speakers.

Commenting on the partnership, Dr Mohammad Al Redha, Director of the Executive Office for Organisational Transformation at the DHA, said, “In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the DHA has prioritized fostering the development of future technologies such as 3D printing in healthcare.

This collaboration provides us an opportunity to hold roundtable discussions with some of the best minds in the industry and showcase interactive demonstrations of 3D models to visitors. The DHA’s partnership with Arab Health's 3D Medical Printing Zone aims to create meaningful discussion and action about the three core pillars of 3D printing: awareness, regulation and implementation.”

For the first time in the region, healthcare professionals had the unique opportunity to experience and learn from the live 3D printing of hard and soft tissue for dissection during practical hands on training sessions. Through watching a team of surgical experts showcasing their skills on 3D printed tissue in advance surgical procedures, delegates were able to understand the immense capacity of 3D printing in a medical setting, as well as begin practicing skills for the future.

Going beyond the exhibition, Informa donated display pieces from the printing zone to be part of a 30-day display in Sheikh Rashid Medical Library, aimed at raising awareness of 3D printing among physicians.The highlight of this display was an amazing 3D printed prosthetic leg, especially produced for the DHA and branded with the DHA and Arab Health logos. Going forward, the partnership will enable several local amputees to receive 3D-printed limbs, allowing physicians the opportunity to witness first-hand the practical applications which these technologies can offer.