How 3D Printing Is Taking Healthcare To A Whole New Dimension

jumperNo matter how much precision and care the prosthetics experts at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) put into crafting an accurate prosthetic leg for one healthy, young female patient, she never felt quite right in it. It wasn’t until recently, with the aid of a 3D printer, the experts were able to scan her healthy leg, reverse the image, and print an exact model from which to craft the prosthetic. Suddenly, she felt like herself again.

“It’s not just having the measurements exactly right, it’s having it all in the right place,” says Michael Davidson, MPH CPO – Clinical Manager, Department of Orthotics & Prosthetics at LLUMC. “It helps the wholeness of the person who is recovering—regarding your identity and regarding yourself.”

Such is the power of 3D printing in the healthcare industry. So many procedures that were tedious, expensive and imperfect are now seeing improved results—and the full potential of the technology is still to be imagined.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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