3 February “HCx3DP Meetup NY”—Here’s The Latest Profile Of Our Next Rich “Healthcare Multiplied By 3D Printing” Event In Our New York City: C’mon Out!

As most of our regular readers already know, I’m working hard to implement our HCx3DP plans here in the City. These include empowering that Venn Diagram “sweetspot” where:

  1. Healthcare, our City’s dominant business,

  2. intersects with 3DP, the hottest industrial segment in the commercial world, and with

  3. MedSci, BioTech, Medical Devices, etc. together—as Life Sciences—the fastest-growing sector of 3DP.


HCx3DP MUp NYWith our “HCx3DP Campaign,” we’re intent on helping coalesce another world-beating industrial-segment Cluster in NYC. Cluster-building—and the advancements of our various Communities therefrom—is also one of our Campaign’s goals!

Our now-regular “HCx3DP Meetup NY” events are engines of our “Big Tent” Community building. Here is the agenda for our 3 February Meetup:


Welcome HCx3DP Synergist! 

(…present or prospective…)

Our next Meetup Event is Tuesday, 3 February!

We’re delighted to enjoy the generous hosting of ThoughtWorks for our 3 February Meetup.

TWorks is the innovative software development house—with offices in 12 countries, a client base in the Fortune 100 and a corporate “Social Impact Program.” The firm’s New York offices are at 99 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor (at the corner of East 29th Street, a few blocks southeast of Penn Station). Our event there will abide by our regular 6:30 to 8:30 PM event hours.

As promised, we’ve continued to develop our February 3rd “Expert” lineup. Via your attendance, here are the Expert Presenters you will enjoy:

3DP Equipment Showcase—Arthur Young-Spivey: Digital Fabrication Specialist at NRI, a digital-offerings service bureau—supporting the enterprise and professionals—from nine offices in the Northeast Corridor and major cities around the U.S. NRI has now enhanced its integrated technology, data and document management services—delivered on-site or from its production centers—with professional 3DP capabilities. On 3 Feb—because of the popularity of “eyes-on/hands-on” 3DP demos and orientations—NRI is helping us to continue showcasing still largely unfamiliar 3DP equipment and functionality for the up-close education of our Meetup audiences. (Confirmed.)

Digital-Laser Fab’ing for Med Devices and BioTech—Sarah Boisvert: Co-Founder and Chief 3D Printing Officer of Potomac Photonics, a digital-laser fabrication service with particular emphasis in the Medical Device and BioTech industries. She is also the Founder of Fab Lab Hub (with 62K+ Twitter followers!), which supports Fab Labs on the East Coast of the U.S. (Confirmed.)

3DP Retail’s Role in DIY HC—Sylvain Preumont: Founder & Director of iMakr of London and New York City. His innovative retail operations foreshadow how this rapidly developing 3DP segment of DIY/DIT end-users, makers, consumers and prosumers are likely to support, lead and invent 3D Printing’s future. We foresee a retail-driven marketplace for DIY Healthcare participants and players—especially with potential strategic alliances with new HC communities like Maker Nurses. (Confirmed.)

Maker Nurses & DIY “Workarounds” at the HC Bedside—Kelly Reilly: Director of Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, is a fast-paced innovator in the tech-based practice of today’s compassionate nursing. In the last year, Kelly instituted the first Mini Maker Faire at an American hospital, was an early U.S. chapter-adopter of MakerNurse.org initiatives (founded at MIT) at Maimonides and chaired the Planning Committee of the Maimonides Second Annual Nursing Research Conference. Speaking to the DIY/DIT nature of bedside “health caring,” my favorite Director Reilly quote is “A lot of the time spent in the world of nursing is hunting and gathering”—from a “Pioneering Ideas Podcast” of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (Invited.)

Virtual Expert Presentations—Jamie Milas: Marketing Manager at Materialize’s Biomedical Business Unit—a service bureau for medical professionals—in Plymouth, Michigan. At our December Meetup, we enjoyed great success with a virtual presentation (via Video Skype) by Worrell Design of Minneapolis. (Worrell is an innovative, medical-device, design firm with 80% of its business in that important sector.) Now, we’re eager to continue that kind of remote—but nonetheless powerful—live-video participation from leading HCx3DP firms from around the U.S. Jamie will join us virtually from Michigan to discuss Materialise’s Biomedical Engineering, Cranio-Maxillofacial and Orthopaedics service-bureau offerings. (Invited.)

So, fellow HCx3DP Synergists, mark you calendars—and RSVP online now—for our “HCx3DP Meetup NY” of Tuesday, 3 February. And, I pledge to keep you updated as we enhance our evening’s rich program.

Best for your (HCx3DP-driven) 2015!


PS. …AND, I promise to share the latest iteration of our “HCx3DP Album of Innovation” with you on 3 February, too…

Land Grant, Organizer


Further HCx3DP Background:

Our “HCx3DP New York” Meetup—HCx3DP stands for “Healthcare Multiplied by 3D Printing”—is designed to help grow a community of Metro NYC “HCx3DP Synergists.” Together, we will strive to discover, learn, exchange and advance personal, commercial and common-good knowledge about the new, important and valuable at the exciting and empowering intersection of HC & 3DP in our New York City.

For further background on our Meetup directions (and planned “HCx3DP Ecosystem”), link to my Blog post of 27 October: “HCx3DP New York: The Launch of ‘Healthcare Multiplied By 3D Printing’ in the Capital of Healthcare & 3DP…” For an informal overview of how we intend to advance our strategic Campaign, please link to my 17 November post: “Our New HCx3DP Initiative…Bettering NYC’s Health Via Three “Cs”: Community to Conference to Cluster!

We’re also working hard to keep improving on our Meetup successes. We’ll evolve our agendas as we build value for our audiences—YOU! February 3 will present our regular event features—because they deliver proven value. Our February Agenda includes:

1.    3D Printing Hands-On & Demos;

2.    Orientation, Announcements, Evening’s Doings;

3.    Audience self-intros, expectations & wants;

4.    The latest from our “HCx3DP Album of Innovation;”

5.    Presenting Experts on common-interest topics;

6.    Audience suggestions for Meetup and Community betterment;

7.    Networking | networking | networking with light refreshments.

C’mon back here to see our on-going Event updates…

, Group Organizer

Land Grant

3DP Journalist & “HCx3DP New York” Organizer
3DP Media | NYC3DP.com | 3DPI Ltd.


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Stories From The (3DP) Nabes: Stumbling On Value & Clasping Rich Moments…NOT Just For Monetary Gain But For The Merit Of That Marvelous Instant Of Worth

Life is full of clips and vignettes and micro-moments of import—that wash over us and are gone. Sometimes, these incidents—like seaweed on a shore-washing wave—wrap around our consciousness. A green film decal-ing a bare calf? Sometimes—in these mundane epiphanies—we see short stories of long value and try to capture them. With the intent to share—what resonates!—with another human. In this case, that human is YOU, Dear Reader…as I might intimate in the style of a Victorian novelist…


A business woman with whom I’m well-acquainted from the DUMBO Startup Lab—my recent Co-Worker “home”—emailed me with 3DP questions the other day just after the New Year’s Holiday. Her Qs were about the possible use of a 3DP material in a product she was designing—with an aim to market and sell it from her own startup. (I guess when you write about a topic long enough—and hard enough—you end up with a reputation for knowing something about that topic…Yowza!)

This woman is an experienced entrepreneuse in the toy business. Now—switching end-users if not products—she’s in the PET-toy business.

(As often happens, my addressing of a question can lead me into deeper dives of a segment’s knowledge-base than I expect. The excitement of the hunt, new knowledge discovered and creative concept building make for  intoxicating outcomes—all tending to rivet my journalistic attention.)

Our discussion showcases how fast and furiously our 3DP tech and its associated Healthcare issues are intermingling. Cross-pollinizing: to use a bio/sci term of (appropriate) art. And, you can see how other entrepreneurs in 3DP are approaching this kind of issue set: BOTH prototyping AND then using 3DP to manufacture end-product.

As one educational story of 3DP and its extension in HCx3DP, here’s an edited version of our email exchanges:

Shapeways' Natalia Krasnodebska watches tour members gaze into red-hot laser-sintering printers at LIC 3DP "Factory."

Shapeways’ Natalia Krasnodebska, Community Manager (back to camera), watches facility-tour members gaze into red-hot, laser-sintering (SLS technology) EOS printers at the service-bureau’s Long Island City, Queens, 3DP “Factory.”


Dear Land,

I am working on a group of pet toy designs that I would like to 3D print in non-toxic rubber or another similar material.

Shapeways[---my usual 3DP service bureau provider---]does not have a suitable material. Would you recommend MakerBot? Or do you have another recommendation. I would need to be able to print in volume.

Let me know your thoughts. Thanks for your help.

With my best,
Pet ‘Preneuse


Top of the New Year, Pet!

Hope and trust your Season’s Celebrations met every expectation! AND, the Best in all you do in 2015!

Try iMaterialise first. (Largest worldwide competitor to Shapeways — and a good one!) Because I really think you want to stay with a 3DP Service Bureau — at least at your stage of product development. Until you’ve locked up the material and build plans, no?

One of the salient advantages of 3DP is its inherent ability to empower rapid “iteration to success.” Getting it right is so much easier when its both quick and cheap to tweak your product—with as many revisions as you need—in design, function and/or aesthetic. Near perfection is nearer to the possible when nearest to infinite repeat.

Miranda Bastijns (left), Director, iMaterialise, with your blogger (right) in iMaterialise booth at the debut "3D Printshow NY" in February 2014.

Miranda Bastijns (left), Director, iMaterialise, with your blogger (right) in iMaterialise booth at the debut “3D Printshow NY” in February 2014.

iMaterialise seems to have 17 materials groups, at least for retail. Last I looked, Shapeways was over 30. This unscientific comparison may NOT be apples to apples…

iMaterialise’s parent corp is Materialise of Belgium. They boast an entire professional division of Medical Service Bureau offerings (e.g., patient-specific implant invasives for surgeons) based in the U.S. Thus, iMaterialise is likely to know more about material toxicity issues (pets and/or babies chewing on flexible toys, etc.), via their corporate Med Service Bureau cousins or its corporate-knowledge sources.

Number #3 in consumer-facing SBs is probably Sculpteo. This a French firm with U.S. offices in San Francisco. Claims 48 materials/combos. Don’t know them…but a little Google research should tell you a lot…and then you might be able to triangulate among three competitors, no?


To my knowledge, MakerBot is NOT presenting 3DP service-bureau offerings.

(AND, I definitely don’t suggest you contemplate buying a fleet of MakerBot desktop 3D printers to create your own 3DP “production farm.” That’s NOT your business. AND, it has been difficult for even the largest 3DP manufacturers to make this concept work effectively…at least yet!)

However, that reminds me that there ARE other new or differently positioned 3DP service-bureau players you might investigate. On the consumer-facing side, there is UPS—yep, United Parcel Service—and its UPS Stores. Another possible option—should you get into industrial-level production volumes—is Stratasys. (BTW, you may not know that Stratasys acquired MakerBot in June of 2013.)

Stratasys "Fortus 400mc" 3DP Production Systems: employes FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D Printing technology; capable of handling 9 different production-grade engineering thermoplastics, including those with biocompatibility.

Stratasys “Fortus 400mc” 3DP Production Systems: employ FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D Printing technology; capable of handling 9 different production-grade engineering thermoplastics, including those with biocompatibility.

In the first half of 2014, Stratasys bought commercial-grade service bureaus Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies and combined them—three-way—with its own RedEye industrial-grade, service-bureau business. (The common thread: all three companies use Stratasys’ Fortus 400mc 3D Production Systems.) This strategic move takes aim at end-use or production manufacturing—in contrast to traditional 3DP prototyping and reverse-engineering usages of the first 25 years of 3DP.

End-use 3DP production—a relatively recent manufacturing concept—is what you’re apparently contemplating for your volume production of final-product iterations. Depending on volume projections and/or marketplace price-points, you COULD successfully use service-bureau output for production.


In addition — for prototyping and end-use production of short runs — you might consider “3D IM.” This innovative,  just-introduced system—3D Printing Injection Molding—is a new makeover of classic injection molding. It uses 3DP to slash both cost and time-to-market. 3D IM was designed by Worrell Design Inc.—a major player in medical device RD&D—in partnership with its near-neighbor in metropolitan Minneapolis, Stratasys Ltd. (Yes, those guys, again…)


Worrell’s injection molding technician removes a polycarbonate part from a 3D printed injection mold.

Worrell’s injection molding technician removes a polycarbonate part from a 3D printed injection mold.

The Worrell/Stratasys disruptive tool of choice is new 3DP innovation in the long-established, industrial processes of injection molding. As Stratasys states, “Worrell slashes lead times by a game-changing 95% in comparison to traditional tooling, with costs plummeting 70%.” This while mitigating risk for both practitioner and device manufacturer—via very-early feedback and quick iteration in the product-development cycle.

It these production attributes work in Healthcare, they can work in consumer products—like pet toys.


3D Systems Corporation (3DS; along with Stratasys, one of the Big Two printer manufacturers in 3DP) is also experimenting with innovative end-use production modes using 3D printing. 3DS has been using the phrase “3D Printing 2.0″ as a marketing tool to stress the way it sees manufacturing in the future. The company has also been experimenting with what it calls a “3D Printing Assembly Line for mass manufacturing.”

[UPDATE on 20 January 2015: Here’s a 3DS video I discovered—entitled “Continuous, High-Speed Fab-Grade 3D Printer – Nov. 2014 Update“—from the company’s major exhibition at EuroMold in Frankfurt, Germany, in November 2014. This is the best explanation of how a “3D Printing Assembly Line” will work. (Despite researching this “product” in various ways online, I’m still unclear about the answers to those journalist Qs of  Who, What, Where, When, Why and How. Time—or 3DS President Avi Reichental—will tell.)

3D Systems Corporation 3DP Assembly-Line Printer in action.

3D Systems Corporation 3DP Assembly-Line Printer in action.

As on-screen 3DS spokesperson, Jeff Blank, VP Global Manufacturing, waxes enthusiastic with phrases like “50 times the speed ” of comparable quality 3DP’ing of today. Plus, Jeff enumerates various compelling features and benefits of a 3DS-conceived, 3DP Assembly-Line System: scalability, extensibility, production speed, customization, personalization, on-demand product cycles, complex geometries—the list of 3DP virtues on steroids goes on!

This is such a great 3DS product concept—and the video is compelling—that I’m curious as to why 3DS has not made more of this innovation in its corporate marketing. Even if the completed product is months from release. Especially, as 3DS has been taking a beating on the stock market for the last several months.

Could this be—as we used to call it in the software biz—”vaporware?” Say it ain’t so, Avi! The 3DP Industry needs this product…  —LG]


If I were your Marketing Consultant, I would stress material safety of your 3DP’d products. Pets—dogs, mostly, no?—are going to be chewing (and chewing and chewing!) on your pet toys. So, make a point of using Implant Safe/Medical Grade materials. Possible promotional tagline: “MedSafe for YOUR pet: when nothing else is good enough.” AND, charge more for it—maybe much more.

(BTW, another of 3DP’s inherent functionalities—and the core of our industry’s empowering use in future MedSci applications—is 3DP’s capability to support “patient-specific” solutions across a broad spectrum of healthcare needs. This same built-in flexibility could apply to customizing your Pet Toys: think ”customer specific!” E.g., from “autographing” the toy with the pet’s name to custom color selections to special or unique product configurations.

With 3DP, you can suddenly contemplate a totally new and disruptive manufacturing tool set. A magical kit that stands old production paradigms on their heads. Your biggest problem may arise in trying to think far enough outside the traditional manufacturing box. That is to use “magical 3DP”—in its inherent hyper-innovative mode—to multiply your chances of marketplace success.)

"Material (R)evolution: Additive Manufacturing"; MCX 3DP Materials Report "Primary Methods of Additive Manufacturing" Section Divider

“Material (R)evolution: Additive Manufacturing”; MCX 3DP Materials Report Content Section “Primary Methods of Additive Manufacturing” Section Divider

If ultra-safe, medical materials-based products become important, Material Connexion (MCX; here in NYC) has an entire library of materials. And, they just introduced a report on 3DP materials. It would probably be worth considering paying MCX consulting fees for definitive answers. That’s if iMaterialise won’t do that work for free — based on your promise as a client.


Pet, if you have problems, I know execs at several of these orgs. But, then that begins to look like work!



Hi Land,

So nice to get your email. Thank you so much for all the info. It is super helpful.

I need to work with a rubberized type of plastic. I have found a material…that I am working on sourcing along with a production facility. A factory…[that is apparently] beginning to work with this material.

I will keep you posted.

With my best,


If “Pet Preneuse” shares more of her 3DP story with me, I’ll hope to showcase the appropriate insights with you.

C’mon Back!





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On Building Community: A New Year’s Reflection On How Innovative Technology Can Drive Compassion—For Commercial & Common-Good Betterment Of All…

In May 2013, I was first compelled—by the sheer dazzling magnetism of coruscating technology “fully rounded”—to focus my journalistic interests on 3DP. To do so, I founded a media organization. (I reasoned that the expressive plurality of “media” would provide protean means to learn and teach and make.) Then, I created a marketplace “tag line” to position what we would be about: “Building Community Via 3D Printing.” Now, I believe Community making—tech engined—is more important than ever. Here’s why:

A Caduceus Key Fob, 3D Printed DIY in plastic from the "library" of Thingiverse: Thank You MakerBot and Vin Min.

A Caduceus Key Fob, 3D Printed DIY in plastic from the “library” of Thingiverse: Thank You MakerBot and Vin Min.

As I’ve said more than once—on this site and other venues—the 3DP Revolution will be disruptive of nearly every industrial mode we currently enjoy…or struggle to make work as we’d wish. (“3DP” is my neologistic shorthand for Digital Fabrication, Additive Manufacturing and/or 3D Printing—”3DP” is now the meme and the brand that has won the language “contest of tongues.”)

And—as regular Readers here also know—I’m thoroughly convinced that our new intersection of 3DP and Healthcare IS industrial disruption (AND opportunity!) “ground zero” worldwide.

(Thus, my own evolution in strategic directions—that many of you have witnessed here first; see our “HCx3DP New YorkCampaign profiled in this informal “manifesto” post in October 2014.)

Our HCx3DP “3Cs” Action Campaign also includes “Community” as its very first step. (You’ll recall our milestoned progression foreshadowed by {1} Community to {2} Conference to {3} Cluster.)

HCx3DP MUp NYNow—in Community Building—we’re organizing our third “HCx3DP Meetup New York” event in as many months (12 December at ThoughtWorks at 99 Madison Avenue in Manhattan).

Across our 3Cs, our ultimate goal is Middle Class job generation—in and from our HCx3DP purview.

In this way, we can—as a Community—serve two-fold purposes. First is Compassion: improved Healthcare delivery as a patient-outcome enhancement. The sick are cured or made better in body, mind and/or soul. Second is Empathy: those involved in creating and delivering those enhancements (at many, many levels of engagement) are themselves enhanced. This is both materially (employment proceeds) AND spiritually (the presentation of human empathy to another human).

Our other two HCx3DP Campaign “Cs”—Conference and Cluster—are simply other forms of Community. The former is a short-term, pop-up, ad-hoc, intense Community. The latter is a permanent and self-sustaining version of Community across geography: “City” within City. In both cases, compassion and empathy, technology and need are inputs and the Golden Rule (“Do unto others…”) is the HCx3DP output.

Land Grant, Publisher/Editor/Organizer, 3DP Media | NYC3DP.com | HCx3DP New York

Land Grant, Publisher/Editor/Organizer, 3DP Media | NYC3DP.com | HCx3DP New York

So, please let me suggest that “HCx3DP New York” (and, eventually, other venues) is about creating Community and communities. For the betterment of commerce and common-good.

I invite you to return here—as your interest in empathy and compassion modulated by HCx3DP serves—to observe how we advance our 3Cs toward, and to, Job Generation in 2015. With all its broader and strategic ROIs…

Further, we’ll strive to show how we accomplish what we do—as we progress. HCx3DP isn’t the only Community builder and betterment enhancer that 3DP is presently—or prospectively—empowering. Our techniques could also be yours to employ…in different 3DP-driven niches, sectors and segments. All just as valid…

So, C’mon Back for a rich and enriching 2015!


PS. Start—as we have—with our use of the Meetup.com system of Community building. We’re going up the “learning curve” here. (Curiously, there is no Meetups For Dummies or the equivalent available—a commercial opportunity for your business writers out there…?!) Come on along and gain from our experiences! Better—if you’re in Metro-New York— join our “HCx3DP Meetup New York” Community and live the experience first-hand at our events…





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