3D printing made a powerful impression during the health crisis. The technology came to hospitals’ rescue by, among other things, producing single-use spare parts for ventilators, as well as for hospital personnel’s PPE.
One of the industrial players for the prototyping, Bone 3D is behind the Paris Public Hospital (AP-HP) network’s 3D-printing platform. The French med-tech firm, founded in 2018, specializes in 3D printing for custom-made medical needs and surgery simulators.
Bone 3D’s simulators reproduce the various textures in the human body in order to offer an alternative to practicing surgery on corpses. To achieve that, the French start-up uses the American company Stratalys’s Polyjet technology, which enables them to make multi-material pieces. Their simulators are used to train future surgeons in medical schools, as well as by practicing surgeons who want to do a trial run before a complex operation, and by manufacturers of surgical implants.
Even before they began responding to the crisis, the start-up was already printing both medical and non-medical pieces that were indispensable to keeping hospitals running smoothly. “This activity boosts innovation. We started out with just five different pieces. Now our catalogue has over a hundred items”, the founder, Jérémy Adam, says.
The Paris-based company recently received an €800,000 subsidy from the Paris Region to contribute to its development. Encouraged by a €1.4 million seed round in late 2019, the Parisian start-up hopes to be present around the world by 2024.