Back in 2012, there were a lot of inflated expectations regarding the role that metal 3D printing would soon play in medical device manufacturing. Matt Sand is a product of that hype cycle because it was around that time that he, as an entrepreneur, started getting excited about the possibilities of 3D printing. Today, Sand is a co-founder and president of 3DEO.
“We had a big false start. There were a lot of expectations built up in the media and a lot of really challenging parts, a lot of low-quality parts,” Sand said during a session at the 3D Printing Innovation Summit, which was co-located with MD&M West 2019 in Anaheim, CA. “As a matter of fact, if you go back and read some of the headlines from 2012-2013, you see the exact same headlines today.”