Need a new skull or mandible? 3d print it! – Presented by Jules Poukens, University Hasselt & Leuven

Need a new skull or mandible? 3d print it! – Presented by Jules Poukens, Cranio-maxillofacial Surgeon, Zuyderland Medical Center / The Netherlands, Lecturer-Researcher, University Hasselt and Leuven, Belgium, at the 3D Medical Conference 2019.

Patients in the cranio-maxillofacial clinic often present with serious, complex, and potentially life- threatening or life-limiting medical conditions (e.g. tumor, trauma, aggressive osteomyelitis). Available treatments may not always give satisfactory results for patients and doctors. Therefore, complex problems ask for new solutions.

An emerging technique in the medical field is Computer Aided Design (CAD) , Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) by 3D printing. For successful implementation of CAD-CAM technology in the clinical practice doctors, dentists and engineers need to work together and share their expertise.

This intense cooperation leads to 3D printing of custom patient specific implants. 3D printed implants are used for the treatment of skull defects, temporo-mandibular joint replacement and world’s first 3D printed entire mandible replacement implant.

Clinical cases will be highlighted.

What drives you?
A passion for computer aided surgery and medicine

What are the three things you would take with you on a deserted island?
Laptop, batteries and water

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Computer aided technology

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Change the face of medicine : print an organ on demand

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Cost of development and combining knowledge of engineers with medical doctors

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
Get a good insight in real clinical applications of 3D printed implants and prosthesis in head and neck surgery

About Jules Poukens
Prof. Dr. Jules Poukens is currently lecturer and researcher at the Biomed Research Institute of the University Hasselt in Belgium and the department Biomedical Engineering University Leuven Belgium. He is a Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon at the Zuyderland Medical Center Sittard -Geleen, the Netherlands.

He got his M.D. and D.M.D from the Catholic University Leuven in Belgium. He was trained as Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon in Belgium (Leuven) and Germany (Freiburg, Black Forrest).

After his training, he first joined the staff at the University Hospital Maastricht and later on the staff of the Zuyderland Medical Center Sittard – Geleen in the Netherlands.

He has participated in several European Community funded projects on medical rapid prototyping and manufacturing and was acting chairman of the Board of Directors of the EU funded project CUSTOM-IMD.

He was the leading surgeon that designed and implanted the world’s first 3D printed total mandibular implant and was one of the pioneers in using 3D printed skull implants.

He has numerous publications and held numerous presentations in this field.

Born and raised in Belgium, Jules searched for his roots and lives with his wife and two daughters in Dilsen, Belgium near the Dutch and German border.

About Zuyderland Medical Center
Zuyderland originates from a merger between Atrium Medical Center Parkstad and Orbis Medical and Care Concern Sittard-Geleen. These health care organizations merged as from the 1st of January 2015. The actual merger was the start of a substantial process of change.

About University Hasselt and Leuven
Hasselt University is a young university that has achieved enormous growth in the past four decades. Hasselt University is ranked 84th in the Times Higher Education-ranking of universities younger than 50 years.

About 3D Medical Conference
On January 30-31, 2019, MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands, will host a two-day event focused on 3D Medical Printing.

Focus topics:

  • Medical applications with Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality
  • 3D Bio Printing
  • 3D Dental Printing
  • 3D Medtech Printing
  • 3D Medicine & Pharmaceutics Printing
  • 3D Medical & Dental Scanning
  • 3D Medical & Dental Software
  • 3D Medical (Bio)Materials
  • 3D Medical Workflow & Planning Tools
  • Legal and Regulatory issues regarding 3D Medical printing applications

The audience, a mix of academics, medical professionals, business, technology, regulation and creatives, will get an excellent overview and insight in the medical tech developments from different perspectives.

Combination tickets are available and can be purchased on the conference website.


One Reply to “Need a new skull or mandible? 3d print it! – Presented by Jules Poukens, University Hasselt & Leuven”

  1. How do I find out if the complete jaw ,made by a 3 D printer was done anywhere else.
    Presently there is a Marine Veteran that after reading your article on the Jaw replacement . Made by a 3 D printer possibly could be a canadate for this,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.