Voxel Printing for Surgery

by Nicholas Jacobson, MIX Design

Voxel printing is the ability to vary material point by point across a 3d printed model. This allows us to better model changes in tissue and structure in fine detail. I will be showing our latest work using voxel printed model in the OR for Neurology, Hapatobiliary transplantation, and Cardiology. Finally I’ll be covering some of our latest custom tools for modeling and 3d printing.

program: https://3dmedicalconference.com/program/


What drives you?
I recently got a letter from a Surgeon that said ‘The model you made was the difference between success and failure in my procedure’. That pretty much sums it up.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
To learn about ways print in ultra high resolution with accurate material mapping.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Voxel printing and parametric design. Voxel printing allows us to print down to 15Microns which is about 5x higher than the current STL method.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
This process also allow us to overlay numerous other data types to create more data intensive models for surgical planning. By doing this we are able to discover new relationships in the body. It also allows for more detailed patient specific models that could be used for implantable devices in the future.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
We are limited now by the materials that are available to print. I hope companies will be able to generate more bio-compatible materials.

“Special quote”
Why are we still using 2d images to represent the human body?

About Nicholas Jacobson

Nicholas received a Masters Degree in Design Technology from Harvard University and is the Founder of MIX Design, a biomedical 3d printing and design company. As a practiced architect and designer, he designs buildings for the aerospace industry by day, and works on the cutting edge of biomedical modeling and 3D printing by night. His work and research have been published in books, scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers; these include: ACADIA, AD, CAADRIA, Code LA, Huffington Post, Modern Luxury, Nature, New York Times, Popular Science, and Vogue and shown work both nationally and internationally.

He has lectured at Harvard University, Stanford University, University of North Carolina, and the University of Denver and for companies such as AutoDesk, Zaha Hadid Architects, Thornton Tomesetti, Stratasys, and Trimble.

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