Daniel Crawford is the founder of axial3D, a medical printing company which personalizes 3D printed anatomical models, giving clinicians greater insight into a patient’s anatomy ahead of complex procedures.
Since the beginning of 2014, Daniel has been working to realise axial3D as a viable start-up venture and it is now a successful business with international reach, working with some of the leading healthcare institutions globally. It employees 21 people in Belfast and the US and is recognized internationally as a leader in machine learning and 3D printing in the field of medicine to improve patient care.
Daniel graduated with a BSc Hons in Biomedical Engineering and an MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy, the first of its kind in Europe. He was the first of three students to obtain the degree. His published post graduate thesis with distinction was based on three-dimensional imaging techniques in medicine and focussed mainly on the use of 3D printing.
This allowed Daniel to develop the skills necessary to create 3D printed models for use in a wide variety of medical applications and research how this technology could be incorporated into the medical field as a viable business.
He is also a graduate of the Catalyst Springboard program and MIT’s Entrepreneur Development Program, which helped him to hone axial3D’s commercialisation strategy, reduce the company’s’ go-to market risk and make axial3D ready for international scale. So far, he has been successful in raising over £3,500,000 in both equity and government-backed finance.