Here at the 3DMed Lab, we have had our eye on the Form 2 Desktop SLA 3D Printer for a long while. So when it finally arrived only a few days after it had been ordered, you can guess how excited we were!
Boxes, boxes and more boxes
FormLabs Form2 Boxes
The Form 2 “Complete Package” consists of the printer itself, one cartridge of Clear resin, a resin tank, a build platform, and a finish kit. We also ordered extra Grey and Flexible resins, as well as an extra build platform and resin tank, as we’ve heard that switching between resins can be a pain. The Form 2 also has “Open” mode which allows you to experiment with third party resins. We will report back when we have done so.
Stoked and Stacked!
FormLabs Form2 boxes
The Form 2 itself came snugly packed in its box. The cardboard handles on either side were a nice touch which facilitated easy lifting out of the box and onto the table.
You lift me up...
FormLabs Form2 in the box
The finish kit was packed full of very handy tools for post-processing, tools that you would have had to purchase anyway from a hardware shop if you’d had any prior experience with 3D printing, but including them was a very nice touch. Included was also a very generous amount of gloves- two packets in fact! Not that we ever run short of gloves in a hospital, but the thoughtfulness was much appreciated.
FormLabs Form2 cleaning kit
My only complaint is that the packaging did not contain an Australian power plug, which was slightly annoying as it meant that I couldn’t start printing straightaway. Just something to keep in mind when purchasing your Form 2- especially if you’re not setting up the printer at home, have a US to Australian adaptor at the ready so you don’t have to delay playing with your new toy! Thankfully the printer has a standard IEC power socket on the back so there is a good chance you have a suitable power cable sitting around from that retired computer, printer etc.
Other than that, assembly was very straightforward and the printer was pretty much plug and play. You have the option of printing via Wifi, ethernet, or directly to the computer via USB.
I'm sinking in foam!
FormLabs Form2 out of the box
The PreForm software was easily downloaded from the Formlabs website, and was very intuitive and straightforward to use. It has the option to optimally orient your print, which is great for SLA beginners like myself.
Orbit Model, PreForm
Skull and Orbit Model being manipuated in FormLabs PreForm software prior to 3d printing. The lattice network are support structures used to hold the model together during printing.
We had a model that we had prototyped in ABS using our Makerbots, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out in clear resin!
Skull and orbit model being manipulated in Autodesk Meshmixer software.
The original STL file was hollowed out using Meshmixer as per this tutorial on the Formlabs website, which was a relatively simple process. This allows you to shorten the build time and save on resin. As instructed, I reoriented the model to match the position PreForm had oriented it for printing, placing holes on the close to the build platform to allow resin to drain.
In addition to the hollowing tutorial, the Formlabs website has lots of very useful tutorials to help you get started. Formlabs were also very helpful on Twitter, responding to questions and linking me to further tutorials.
And here is the final hollowed model, imported back into PreForm:
The Crystal Skull
FormLabs PreForm software
What have been your experiences with the Form 2, or other SLA/DLP 3D printers in general? Have experiences or advice you would like to share? Leave a comment below or tweet us @3dMedLab!
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 email@example.com, or tweet me @jasaminecb!
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.
Welcome to 3dMedLab.org.au, home of Austin Health and The University of Melbourne’s Medical 3D Printing Laboratory. Our lab officially opened in May 2016 after two years of preparation and development. If you have a 3D printing related question please contact us!
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.
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!