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The Belgian medtech company 3D-Side addresses the need of surgeons, inside the operating theater, to be able to perform complex interventions with patient-specific instruments or custom implants.

To achieve this goal, the UCLouvain university spin-off fas developed a web-based SaaS integrated platform combining design, communications and production management tools, bringing 3D software and additive manufacturing technologies closer to the surgeons, including inside the operating room, allowing for hi-precision personalised surgery.

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Context and Need

Surgery, notably in the field of bone surgery, is a very demanding field, in need of highly precise tools and processes in order to maximise operation success rate and recovery. But the traditional methods are time consuming and lack flexibility and accuracy.

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Facts and Figures

3D-Side addresses the need of surgeons in the operating theater to be able to perform complex interventions with patient-specific instruments or custom implants.
To achieve this goal, 3D-Side is combining professional knowledge of the surgical field with 3D software and additive manufacturing technologies.

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Team and Inner Circle

3D-Side managing team
Members of board linked to the medical sector
Investors linked to the medical sector

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Digital Solution

The 3D-Side technology and process allow for the optimal design, production and placement of patient-specific instruments and implants for surgery operations. The main purpose of the solution is to make precise and just-in-time design and production of those devices possible and top provide surgeons with real-time adaptive tools and visual assistance.

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Value Proposition

The 3D-Side solution is a web-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform which combines 3 functions or modules:
 a design program to create custom-made instruments or implants ; a communication tool ; and a production management interface to supervise the just-in-time manufacturing.

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Business Development

Going forward, 3D-Side expects the bulk of its revenues to come from its software platform sales. The startup opened a first subsidiary in the United States in 2019 and is pursuing a worldwide export strategy.

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Use Case at a Glance

Cerhum is a Liège-based company specialized in 3D printing of synthetic grafts for companies or directly for patients. It was created by Gregory Nolens, a biomedical engineer with extensive experience in 3D printing. Cerhum is equipped with a technology allowing to print ceramics. The challenge for the company lies in the production time of the grafts which can be relatively long since each piece is unique and completely personalized. Cerhum decided to work with 3DSide's Customize platform which allows them to shorten production time and to benefit from a privileged communication channel with the surgeons.

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Redaction : Thierry Vermeeren, Cynthia Slomian

Scientific direction : Thierry Vermeeren

Reading committee : Cynthia Slomian, Martine Vanschoor

Layout and graphics : Véronique Toussaint, David Renquet