iCAT 2018 Invited lectures

Christian Fang
Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Queen Mary Hospital, The University of Hong Kong
Experience in using free software for cost effective clinical 3D printing - the Hong Kong experience

The use of 3D printing technology in the clinical management of disease conditions is rapidly gaining popularity. Yet, best practices remain to be defined and validation studies are lacking. 

Hong Cai
Orthopaedic Department, Peking University, Third Hospital Beijing, China
Application of Metal 3D Printing in Orthopaedics – Current Status in China

Due to the features of 3D printing that are particularly suitable for the field of orthopaedics, more and more innovative medical devices have been developed based on metal 3D printing. 

Andrej Moličnik
Orthopaedic department, University Clinical Centre Maribor, Slovenia
The use of Patient Specific Instruments in Clinical Praxis
Revision hip arthroplasty presents a huge challenge in front of the surgeon because of the defects caused by the loose acetabular component. Using modern 3D planning techniques combined with additively manufactured patient-specific instruments and implants surgical problems can be foreseen and surgical outcome predicted.

Luka Banovic
IRNAS institute, Maribor, Slovenia
Open-source 3D bioprinting for scientific and industrial applications
Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine have been developing rapidly over the last few years, and bioprinting as a supportive technology has also seen a lot of advances. The availability of 3D bioprinters has increased substantially, however, certain challenges still prevent successful fabrication of complex tissues and other applications.

Miha Verdenik
Department for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University clinical Centre, Ljubljana
The 3D imaging as clinical and research tool in the patient with dentofacial deformities

Dentofacial deformities are severe skeletal changes of the face which are connected with the functional and esthetic problems. They are corrected with surgical procedures known as orthognathic surgery. The classical 2D diagnostic procedures are more and more replaced with 3D methods.

Helena Barbara Zobec Logar
Institute of Oncology Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Individual Applicators for Brachytherapy of Gynecological Cancers

Application of additive manufacturing in medicine has the potential to significantly improve the clinical practice in MRI-based image-guided adaptive brachytherapy (IGABT). The standard applicators available on the market do not always enable an acceptable dose coverage of a tumour and sometimes do not fit the patient anatomy.

Luka Prodnik
Department for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University clinical Centre, Ljubljana
Virtual surgical planning of complex bony defects in maxillofacial surgery

The complex anatomy of maxillofacial skeleton increases the complexity of its reconstruction  and presents a challenge when trying to achieve acceptable functional and aesthetic outcomes. Facial skeleton provides support for the soft tissues and is crucial in determining the shape of the face. That's why bony reconstruction has to be done as precisely as possible. To achieve this goal, the bony reconstruction has to be planned

Matjaž Merc
Orthopaedic department, University Clinical Centre Maribor, Slovenia
An Additively Manufacterd multi-level drill guide template for pedicle screw placement in the lumbar and sacral spine

Pedicle screw placement using a freehand technique has a high incidence of pedicle perforation. The said risk can be reduced with intra-operative fluoroscopy or navigation, which have some disadvantages. A promising principle for solving most of the issues is the use of Additive Manufacturing technology. 

Deon de Beer
Central University of Technology, Free State, SAR
South African AM Outlook - Latest results, developments and strategies
Additive Manufacturing (AM) in South Africa started with humble beginnings in the early 1990’s. Whilst still developing an AM industry in the country, research and industry/research relationships, complemented by well-designed technology transfer strategies, have developed into an interesting model for countries wishing to develop an AM industry, to follow.

Ismo Mäkelä
DeskArtes Oy, Helsinki, Finland
Data preparation for Additive Manufacturing
In his talk, Ismo will describe the use of DeskArtes software tools for data preparation for Additive Manufacturing. DeskArtes has been a pioneer for AM software development since 1993 and becoming the de-facto-standard software provider for 3D Color printing in mid-2000. Since then DeskArtes has expanded its software portfolio to include support generation tools for metal.