ALADDIN is an ERASMUS + project focusing on the integration of Additive Manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) in the healthcare sector.
Additive Manufacturing is a relatively new technology with great potential in the healthcare sector. However, due to the lack of knowledge, skills and its very complex value chain, requiring the cooperation of actors from different backgrounds, the technology has remained largely unexplored in the sector.
The project brings together six European organisations under the leadership of AIMPLAS (Technological Institute of Plastics, Spain) from the world of research with AMRC (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, UK), innovation with ITEMAS (Medical technology Innovation Platform-Spain) and HIHI (Health Innovation Hub Ireland), healthcare with HOPE (European Hospital and Healthcare Federation which will lead the dissemination and communication activities of the project), and training programmes with Jobs@skills (a Belgian organisation specialised in the creation of innovative training programmes).
ALADDIN will develop until September 2022 a training programme based on the specific needs of two target groups: healthcare professionals working in hospitals and engineering students with a future in the healthcare sector and more specifically in Additive Manufacturing. It will also include a pedagogical guide that will allow trainers to easily adapt the programme to the demands of their participants. An e-learning platform will also be developed to host all this content and made available to trainers and participants. In addition, three launch events will take place in three different countries (Belgium, Ireland, Spain) to present the first training activities and ensure that the project reaches its target groups.