The shortlist for the Med-Tech Innovation Awards 2020 has been published, and, Axial3D has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 3D Printing category for our surgical 3D model service. The super-quick ‘DICOM-to-Print’ service uses machine learning algorithms to aid in the conversion of patient scan data to 3D anatomical models resulting in reduced lead-times and better patient outcomes.

3D printed anatomical models help to standardize the approach in interpreting the patient’s anatomical detail and takes away unnecessary variability from one surgeon’s anatomical interpretation from another. These models can be held in the surgeon’s hands and fully scrutinized – allowing them to create and practice a surgical plan before they set foot in the operating theater.

However, with over eight million complex procedures taking place each year, automation is essential if 3D printing is to become a go-to pre-surgical routine in healthcare. The segmentation process currently takes anywhere between 4-10 hours per printed model, but we aim to reduce this by machine learning algorithms to augment and automate the process of segmenting the 2D images and turning them into 3D printable objects. This has allowed Axial3D to deliver near-instantaneous results and removing the main bottlenecks associated with medical 3D printing.

The Med-Tech Innovation awards seek to celebrate the vital work of the medical device engineering community. The five categories – Connected Health, Engineering, Materials, Design and 3D Printing – reflect the areas of the sector where manufacturers are pioneering new territories and breaking new ground.

The judging panel selected the companies which could best demonstrate how the use of 3D printing has enhanced or fundamentally improved the design or manufacture of medical devices in the past year. The finalists for the Med-Tech Innovation award categories, taking place as part of the Medilink UK Healthcare Business awards, were decided by an independent judging panel. The five Med-Tech Innovation award categories will sit alongside the Medilink UK categories at this year’s awards and gala dinner, as a representation of engineering excellence and ingenuity across the medtech sector.

Join Axial3D and the rest of the finalists on April 1st when the winners will be announced at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. The awards ceremony will hosted by British comedian, professional quiz player and former doctor, Paul Sinha. This is set to be an exciting evening of celebration with over 250 industry professionals sharing their pride in the industry.


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