#3dMedAu18 Recap- Day 1

It’s been a month since #3dMedAu18, and my goodness it’s been one hell of a ride. Thank you to everyone who made the weekend, especially those of you who made the journey from overseas or interstate. Thank you also to all conference attendees who submitted such positive feedback. After a well earned rest, we’ll be working hard to make #3dMed19 even bigger and better!

In the aftermath of this year’s conference, we’ve managed to inspire the next generation of innovators, and new collaborations have sprouted. Mission accomplished.

For those of you who missed out, here’s a handy recap of the two, very full days. Let’s start with Day 1.

Medical 3D Printing Workshop

Day 1 opened with a hands on anatomical modelling and 3D printing workshop, which took participants through how to turn patient imaging into a physical 3D printed model. Participants were then able to take the model that they made home with them.

Places for this workshop were booked out within an hour of being advertised! Despite being fully booked, we had a large number of drop ins coming by to check out what we were up to. Fear not, we will be running more workshops like this in the future. Watch this space.


A big shout out to Thinglab for collaborating with
us to make the workshop possible!

Session: Clinical Applications

Our first session chaired by A/Prof Tracie Barber, was opened with Dr Elizabeth Sigston from Monash Health sharing the progress her team had made on 3D printed titanium mandibular implants for head and neck cancer surgery.


This was followed by Mr Paul D’Urso’s experiences of 680 spine cases at Anatomics.


Dr Hossein Mokhtarzadeh, freshly returned to the University of Melbourne from Boston, took us through the personalised load models that he worked on as part of the Framingham Heart Study to prevent spinal fractures.

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Next we were treated to Dr Cynthia Wong of the QUT Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology Group, speaking on the impressive bioprinting advances made by their team.

Mr Ron Jithoo from Alfred Health took us through his end user perspective of 3D printed spinal titanium implants.


Finally, the session wrapped up with Dr Raf Ratinam from Monash Health presenting his qualitative survey data on Hand Surgeons’ attitudes towards 3D printing.


Special thanks to Cynthia for making the
trip down to Melbourne to share her lab’s work!

Session: Med Tech Industry

Our second session opened with Dr Tim Hughes showing off his very cool biocompatible elastic photocurable resins produced by his team at CSIRO. We’ve got to get our hands on some of that resin, Tim!

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Next up, Dr Darpan Shidid gave us an insight into RMIT’s successes with 3D printed medical implants, as well as a drool worthy sneak peak into their facilities!


Dr Carmine Onofrillo from St Vincent’s Melbourne’s BioFab3D Lab described the progress their group had made with the much celebrated BioPen.


We were introduced to our international speaker Jen Owen from Enabling the Future, and treated to an insider’s view on how the global movement started.

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Finally, Dr Blake Cochran (and his radiologically accurate sidekick!) took us through the highs and lows of creating a 3D printing filament for X-ray and CT phantoms.


Session: Engaging Patients and the Community

This session opened up with our patient
representative Roger Jones sharing his experience on his 3D printed model which
was used by the team to plan his surgery. Thanks for coming Roger!


Next Jen Owen was back for her second talk for the day, sharing how e-NABLE’s story of community powered iterative prosthesis development.


Twitterati Dr Eric Levi enlightened us on the Dos and Don’ts of social media, as well as highlighting its power in reaching out to both patients and new collaborators.


Finally the high energy Day 1 was concluded with our own Dr Jas Coles-Black taking the audience through our experiences in setting up a 3D printing lab in a public hospital.


Stay tuned for our recap of Day 2!



3dMedAu18 Call for Abstracts Open!

Submit your abstract now!The 3dMed Australia 2018 Conference abstract submission is now open. Please make sure that you read the Abstract Submission Guidelines before making your submission using the Electronic Form by the Close of Business on Friday 31 August 2018.

We welcome papers in the following areas:

  • Clinical Applications of 3D Imaging & Analysis, 3D Modelling or 3D Printing (including Bioprinting)
  • The Medical Industry, Technology and Clinical Interface: Collaboration, development and commercial issues in the growing 3D MedTech Industry
  • 3D Medical Technologies for Patients and the Community: Exploring how 3D Technologies are influencing society, community and trends in patient care. We encourage these papers to be targeted for a diverse and non-scientific audience.
  • Simulation and Teaching: The use of 3D visualisation, modelling, and printing for simulation and education of clinicians, patients, and medical device development.
  • Regulation and Ethics: Managing 3D datasets, software models and additive manufacturing can be a minefield for regulatory authorities and existing intellectual property legislation. Share your insights into how we are navigating this Brave New World.
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality hardware is now at a tipping point of reliability, affordability, and adaptability with rapid growth in its application in teaching, simulation, clinical care and therapy.
  • Other: There are plenty of topics which we are sure we have not thought of. Please demonstrate your innovation and enthusiasm by leading us into the unknown unknowns of 3D Medical Technologies!

We will be assigning worthy projects to Poster and Podium Presentations, so please be prepared for both, and make sure that you read our Submission Guidelines.

Good luck, and start writing!

3DMed Australia 2018 Call for Abtracts Coming Soon!

Register | Abstracts | Program | Speakers | Venue | Supporters

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Planning for the 3dMed Australia 2018 Conference is well underway and we will be issuing a Call for Abstracts soon. If you are working on a 3D Printing, 3D Segmentation, 3D Modelling, 3D Visualisation, Virtual or Augmented Reality, Self-Built Simulation project or just something really cool in Biomedical Engineering to show off, please think about submitting!

We will be assigning worthy projects to Poster and Podium Presentations, so please be prepared for both.

Good luck, and start planning!