EAU 2018: The Current Role of 3D Printing

Copenhagen, Denmark (UroToday.com) Improvements in surgical techniques and outcomes have come as a result of improved anatomical knowledge gained through ever more powerful imaging techniques. The point of most imaging is to recapitulate patient-specific anatomy so that a surgeon can make the best operative plan and provide the most precise surgery possible for each individual patient.

Dr. Ukimura and colleagues have capitalized on advances in 3D printing technology to take this science to the next level. Using multiparametric MRI imaging as a reference, their team has demonstrated that printing a 3D model of a prostate is both feasible and useful. The team was able to create models using a flexible material that precisely demonstrates target cancer lesions in 3-dimensional space. This helps to characterize the lesions with respect to the location in the prostate, the location relative to the prostate capsule, and the location relative to the neurovascular bundles (NVBs). 

Having a good 3D knowledge of these relationships can obviously make a huge difference during prostate surgery. It can help a surgeon know where to absolutely avoid a capsulotomy and where to take wider dissection planes, for example, in order to minimize risks of positive margins and to maximize the preservation of NVBs. 

This technology will really be useful for the field of focal therapy, as the models can be useful for research purposes as well as for patient-specific planning of needle placement for ablation probes, for example. However, prostate cancer does not always present in “index lesions,” and clinicians should be mindful that these models are built off of imaging patterns from mpMRI and can miss more diffuse carcinoma throughout the prostate. Thus, one should exercise appropriate caution, as usual, when using these models for surgical planning.

This is a very interesting new technology that can revolutionize the way future surgeons plan surgeries, as long as the 3D printing technology becomes more available and cost-effective. As an added bonus, it can also help with surgical instruction/resident teaching. Lastly, it can be used for counseling patients about their surgery in a way that has never before been possible!

Presented by:  Osamu Ukimura, MD, PhD, Kyoto, Japan

Written by: Shreyas Joshi, MD, Urologic Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA at the 2018 European Association of Urology Meeting EAU18, 16-20 March, 2018 Copenhagen, Denmark.



Kari Armitage, Managing Director of Quarry Mining, has been appointed Deputy Chair of HunterNet, which is recognised as the pre-eminent regional industry peak body in Australia for leading collaboration and innovation.

In announcing the appointment, Tony Cade, HunterNet’s CEO commented “Kari has been a board member since 2015 and has made a significant contribution, shown great leadership, commitment and collaboration, espousing the values of our member group.”

Kari leads a 43 strong team at Quarry Mining, whose reputation and culture for consistently producing high quality and competitively priced products, combined with engineering innovation, has seen significant growth for the company.

Quarry Mining, with the expertise of their experienced team, creates innovative ways to work closely with customers to develop the right products for any drilling solution.

Quarry’s latest innovation venture is into 3D printing. The new business stream is Thre3DP, which has been set up to cater for a growing demand for a reliable and cost effective range of 3D consumables such as filament.

As Kari says, “3D printing has reached consumer friendly price points, and with new materials and new technologies, making us all rethink technology. 3D printing has gone mainstream and is here to stay, as we see its role expanding into areas like large construction, airplane components and even shoes! It is estimated that by 2025, 15% of everything that is manufactured will be by 3D printed. It is a topic much discussed at HunterNet meetings.”

For more information or interviews please contact:
Lyn Thurnham, Thurnham Teece
4961 6010 lthurnham@thurnhamteece.com.au

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The Role of 3D Printing in Manufacturing and PLM – TV Report

Many industry followers have concluded that the hype around 3D printing is peaking right now. The media coverage is massive, and President Obama even mentioned it in his State of The Union speech.

According to Analyst Gartner Group’s Hype Cycle, which looks the hype surrounding various technology trends, consumer 3D printing is at the very top of “the peak of inflated expectations”, slightly above things like Big Data and Gamification. However, industrial uses of 3D printing have had time to mature quite a bit, reaching what Gartner calls “the slope of enlightenment”.

For example, aircraft manufacturer Airbus now 3D-prints metal parts for its 300-series of aircrafts, including the latest model A350XWB. According to Airbus’s Peter Sander there’s a lot to be gained. Not only are the printed parts up to 50 per cent lighter, they’re also stronger.

In this TV Report, Verdi Ogewell and his team look beyond the hype and interview the people and the companies driving the technology forward.  In this report, you’ll hear from:

  • Greg Mark, who is breaking new ground with his new MarkForg3d printer – the first one in the world to print carbon fiber.
  • Bruce Bradshaw and Jonathan Cobb of Stratasys about the industrial uses of 3D Printing and the development of new materials
  • Kris Iverson of Microsoft about their entry into the 3D Printing market

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