#3dMedAu16 Recap

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3DMed Seminar 2016- The Recap

By Jas Coles-Black

The second annual 3DMed Seminar was held on the 5th of October, in conjunction with the 3DMed Lab at Austin Health. The event was hugely successful, with over 130 participants from a whole host of different disciplines signing up to attend. The purpose of the event was to facilitate discussions about the disruptive potential of 3D printing in the medical field, and serve as a catalyst for future ideas and as a meeting point for collaboration!

We were honoured to be joined by a fantastic and diverse list of speakers from variety of different backgrounds. This was in keeping with the #3DMed16 vision of interdisciplinary collaboration, in particular between engineering and medicine, with the shared goal of improving medical research and patient care!

The seminar was kicked out by Dr David Ackland from the University of Melbourne, who took us through a fascinating journey of how he and Prof Peter Lee designed Australia’s first 3D printed titanium jaw, from prototyping to implantation into a patient.

Next up was Dr Eka Moseshvilli from the Olivia Newton John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre, on how 3D printing can be used to create a perfect fit for imperfect anatomy in cancer patients. Her emphasis was on the power of 3D printing to create personalised tools to save lives.

Dr Ian Chao from Austin Health and Box Hill Hospital blew people away with the 3D printed emergency airway trainers that his team had developed, costing less than $2 a model! This has the potential to revolutionise and democratise medical simulation training, with conventional models costing hundreds to thousands of dollars.

We were also treated to a recorded lecture from Dr Steve Pieper from Harvard’s  Surgical Planning Laboratory, on some of the inspiring applications of 3D Slicer worldwide! Some of my favourite examples included utilising 3D Slicer for robotic prostatic biopsies, as well as modelling the morphological and phenotypic changes in various lung cancers.


We were also very honoured to have A/Prof Tracie Barber from UNSW come down from Sydney to deliver her talk on using 3D printing in addition to computational fluid dynamics to aid her analysis of blood flow through blood vessels such as fistulas in dialysis patients.

Dr Raf Ratinam from Monash Health explored the views of orthopaedic surgeons on complex 3D printed fractures, and provided a fascinating and instructional overview of how his team were able to achieve these 3D printed models of their patients’ individual fractured bones.

The symposium was finished strong with Dr Ryan Jefferies, curator of the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology, on how 3D printing was used to enhance the museum’s exhibits, such as a 3D printed recreation of Ned Kelley’s death mask, bringing a 2000-year-old mummy back to life, and a photorealistic 3D printed lung specimen with tuberculosis!

Thank you to all our participants, for your enthusiasm and for providing such engaging discourse both in the panel discussions as well as in the Twittersphere! You helped make this event the success that it was!

Finally, a big shout out to our sponsors, Konica Minolta and Objective3D, for the delicious afternoon tea and for helping to make this event happen!


In conclusion, we are glad that so many of you found the seminar informative, and most importantly, fun! The feedback we have thus far received has been overwhelmingly positive, and we will without a doubt be holding this event again next year.

If you have any thoughts or feedback about how #3DMed17 can be improved upon, please feel free to email me at jasaminecb@gmail.com, or tweet me @jasaminecb!

We hope to see everyone next year!

The 3D Med Symposium 2016 #3DMed16

The second annual, hugely successful 3D Med Symposium was held on the 5th of October 2016, hosting over 130 participants from different disciplines. The purpose of the event was to facilitate discussions about the disruptive potential of 3D printing in the medical field, and serve as a catalyst for future ideas and as a meeting point for interdisciplinary collaboration.

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#3DMed 2015 Wrap-Up

This post is reproduced from the ResBaz Blog Entry #3DMed Wrap-Up.

#3DMed Wrap-Up

by Paul Mignone

It was only a few months ago that Mr Jason Chuen, a vascular surgeon at the Austin Hospital (and honorary senior fellow at The University of Melbourne), approached Research Platforms with an idea. That idea was to develop a community of researchers and medical practitioners which had skills in digital reification technologies such as 3D modelling, image reconstruction and 3D printing, which could better support and enhance research and teaching at The University of Melbourne’s School of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS).

In order to provide the creative ‘spark’ for this emerging community, we worked towards establishing a seminar that would bring medical researchers and practitioners together to see the current ‘cutting edge’ in 3D printing and design technologies, as well as provide a platform for discussing what infrastructure, training and resources were required help the community thrive. The end result: The 3D Printing for Medical Applications Seminar (#3DMed), held at the Carlton Connect Initiative’s Lab-14 events space at the Corner of Swanston and Grattan Street. Overall, we could not have asked for a better start for #3DMed, when this fantastic venue was combined with eight fascinating presentations and over 100 passionate attendees.

Talks covered a range of medical-specific, 3D printing topics, including surgical planning, implants and prosthesis, bio-printing applications, commercialisation of medical products, imaging techniques, forensic medicine and bio-visualisations.

A summary of each talk can be viewed on our live notepad. Then event finished-up with a speaker panel where challenges facing the #3DMed community were highlighted, such as (but not limited to):

  • Skills and resource shortfalls in acquiring suitable 3D image data.
  • Skill shortfalls in post-processing 3D image data.
  • Access to high-fidelity 3D printers.
  • Individual access to 3D printers (e.g. being able to loan a basic 3D printer for educational purposes).

Overall, the first #3Dmed community event was a resounding success. The speakers gave our community and Research Platforms a lot to think about, with some fantastic feedback and questions being raised on the Twittersphere. This invaluable feedback will also help Research Platforms develop our Melbourne Collaborative Research Infrastructure Program (MCRIP) funding bid, which aims to secure the critical resources required to support the needs of the #3DMed research community. With both the 3D printing showcase (link soon) and the ‘Shark-tank’ innovation seminars (link soon) only months away, expect digital reification technologies to make a huge impact on research and innovation @Unimelb in 2015 and beyond!

A big shout-out to the following people who made #3DMed a huge success: