ECP Opportunity Fund (EOF) GBI Projects

Adoption and Diffusion of Disruptive Technologies: The Case of 3D Printing in the Medical Device Industry

Australia has hosted several innovations in the 3D printed medical device industry, however widespread adoption and diffusion is quite low. This two-year project funded by the RMIT ECP Opportunity Fund (EOF) provides analysis of the industry, its stakeholders (i.e. surgeons, patients, small and large manufacturers, insurers, researchers and regulatory bodies), the barriers it faces and proposes potential solutions.

This project resulted in two white papers. The first white paper provides stakeholder mapping and identifies four opportunity areas in the industry: Material Sience, Technology, Business Models and Regulations, Quality. It also provides industry road mapping and forecasting of the future of the industry.

The second white paper targets the opportunity area of business models, providing detailed descriptions of the barriers, analysing the root-causes of barriers and proposing solutions.

Project co-investigators

  • Mr Leon Pope – School of Management
  • Mr Aly Elghitany – School of Management
  • Distinguished Prof. Milan Brandt – School of Engineering
  • Prof Ma Qian – School of Engineering
  • Prof Pia Arenius – School of Management
  • Prof. Swee Mak – ADVC Research & Innovation Capability
  • Prof. Olaf Diegel – University of Auckland
  • Mr Babak Kianian – Lund University, Sweden

The project outcomes and white papers were officially presented to a diverse audience from academia and industry at one of our signature events, the Global Business Innovation Conversations: 3D printing: The medical device revolution, which took place on 4 Dec 2019 at Engineers Australia. You can watch the event video below:

3D printing: the medical device revolution

This event provided state-of-the-art insights into the application of 3D printing in the Australian Medical device industry.

Impact through Insight: Sam Tavassoli

The project impact description, by chief investigator Sam Tavassoli.

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