The 3DMed pilot

The pilot took place with the involvement of the companies of the EU H2020 project SYMBIONICA, a Research and Innovation Action granted by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Programme. The project is coordinated by the SINTEA Plustek srl, and focuses on the manufacturing of personalized bionics, smart endoprosthetics and exo-prosthetics that require geometric and functional customization.

The pilot activities were seen as a valuable opportunity to launch a discussion aimed at revising existing rules and possibly introducing a new certification for medical 3D printed devices, based on the process rather than on the product. The two chosen tools used in the pilot are RRI Training for the SYMBIONICA consortium and a Multi-stakeholder Workshop aimed to discuss the chance to introduce a certification for 3D printing process in biomedicine and aligned with RRI principles.

Angela Simone from Giannino Bassetti Foundation explains some of the lessons learned from the pilot.

The topic on new rules for 3Dmed is hot. There is a diffuse need to rethink the rules both to change by whom are shaped (so to have more real multi-stakeholder settings) and to change the contents of the standards, designing technical requirements in an RRI frame. Introducing RRI thanks to technical standards, so that are RRI-compliant by design, could be a practical and successful approach for companies, since standards are well-known and diffused tools for industrial actors. There are ongoing interesting approaches to look at, even if applied to other industrial innovation sectors, like for instance the ethical standards discussed under the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.

Click here to download the full report on the pilot activity



Project Coordination
prof. Francesco Lescai,
Aarhus University

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for research and innovation, under grant agreement no. 710500