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Innovators across VHA have an ambitious goal: for every VA Medical Center to have access to 3D printing services. The 3D Printing Network is bringing VHA closer to this reality, with 75 sites across the enterprise and counting. Expanding access to 3DP capabilities can address several current state challenges to scale and allow Veterans to have equitable access to innovative, timely, and personalized care. Emerging 3D printing technology is empowering the VHA 3D Printing
Network to explore a range of applications in five core clinical capabilities: Pre-surgical Planning, Orthotics & Prosthetics, Assistive Technology, Dental Applications, and Bioprinting. In 2020, three 3DP Network sites in Charleston, Richmond, and Seattle became VHA Advanced Manufacturing (AM) Hubs,
VA Medical Centers with FDA-registered advanced manufacturing facilities. These sites were chosen for their historical 3DP applications, expertise, VAMC leadership support, and agility and ability to design, test, and iterate on prototypes to help address the pandemic-constrained PPE supply. AM hubs are building a 3DP infrastructure that focuses on training, quality and patient safety, product development, and leveraging advanced manufacturing technologies to deliver customized health solutions and 3D Printed medical devices to Veterans. This lecture will focus on 3D Printing technology and the advancements made in applying this type of technology in the health care field.