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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

3D Printing Boosts Surgery in the Philippines

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Did you know that 3D Printing is much in use already in surgery in the Philippines?

As we hear much about world news on 3D-designed and printed prosthetic devices such as limbs and hands, and how it has made prosthetics being more cost effective, it is interesting to note that the Philippines is not far behind.

Dr. Rafael Bundoc, esteemed surgeon from the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital and professor at the Section of Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopedics at the UP-PGH will share how the country is in step with the world in 3D printing as he gives a talk on “The Amazing Applications of 3D Printing in Surgery” at the first ever Philippine 3D Printing & Digifab Conference and Expo on August 7 to 9 at the SMX Taguig, SM Aura, Taguig City.
According to Dr. Bundoc, Surgeons generally rely on routine radiographs, CTScans and MRIs to provide them two (2D)or three-dimensional (3D) images of disorders that they have to treat. 

Very often they use these images in creating a pre-operative template on how they will plan to operate on their patients.

It has been their experience as well that sometimes they are confronted with much more complex intra-operative findings other than what they have conceptualized from images at hand. This lecture will show how ordinary desktop 3D printing can give surgeons a detailed three-dimensional model for a more accurate pre-operative surgical templating.”

CT Scan image of a degenerated or aged cervical (neck) spine.  3D Printed model is 1:1 scale and shows all details of pathology

CTScan of spine with implant. 3D Printed model shows every detail of implant fixation on the cervical (neck) bone

Benefits of surgical templating using 3D Printed anatomical models

Capability of ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) plastic

Printing a jaw model from DICOM images
Dr Bundoc adds that since two years ago, the UP-PGH has been using 3D printing in surgery, “We have pioneered the use of 3D printing in its surgical application in 2013 in the country, and to my knowledge our "Surgical Stereolithography Study Group" at the Philippine General Hospital has the most experience in this field. 

It is just right that the country realizes that 3D printing is much in use already even in the field of Medicine....people will be surprised as to what we have accomplished so far.”

Don’t miss Dr. Bundoc’s amazing talk and all the other advocates of Philippine 3D Printing at the Philippine 3D Printing and Digifab Conference and Expo, and discover how 3D Printing will bring us to a new era of manufacturing and industry, and lets us explore how bright the country’s future will be with 3D printing technology.
Dr Rafael Bundoc
This first expo of its kind in the Philippines, is free admission and runs from August 7 to 9 while the conference will be on August 7 to 8, 2015.

Expected attendees are architects, industrial designers, entrepreneurs, makers, key players from the education sector, medical field creative arts, fashion industry, jewelry manufacturers, information technology industry, government, marketing specialists, hobbyists, direct consumers, students

The event is organized by Neotrade (NeoCCM Enterprises Events Corporation), with CE MultiEvents as event manager.

Major sponsor is : OMNIFAB Inc., and other sponsors are BP Technologies, DFX General Merchandise, Norde International Distributors, Puzzlebox, 3D2Go,

Media partners are, When in, PC Buyers Guide, Hardware Zone Magazine.

For registration and more details, please log on to or call 9380837 or email

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