New Mexico VA Health Care System
VA to Host 3D Printing Open House
April 7, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE – The public is invited to attend an open house to learn about a new 3D printing program that is helping veterans at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque.
The open house will be on April 14 from 1-5 p.m. in the SCI Conference Center (Room 1083, Bldg. 45). Experts will be on hand to demonstrate how a 3D printer works. Visitors also will see an assortment of 3D-printed items, including assistive technology devices, orthotics, anatomy models, biomedical device repair parts, research tools, and art sculptures and home décor items related to recreation therapy.
The Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation (VACI) recently launched the first nationwide medical 3D printing network through a collaboration with Stratasys, one of the largest manufacturers of 3D printers globally. As part of this effort, five 3D printers donated by Stratasys were installed in VA hospitals across the country, including Albuquerque, Boston, Orlando, San Antonio and Seattle.
The overarching vision for 3D printing is for universal availability at all 168 VA hospitals across the country, accelerating development of personalized healthcare, tools and technologies for veterans and their families.