Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, and additive manufacturing are all popular terms to describe the overnight success of this fascinating field of production which is nearly a quarter of a century old. Although the possibilities are endless, this lecture describes several vignettes of how its used at in Medical and Surgical Research. As 3D printing becomes more sophisticated, it is likely to do more than provide more, cheaper things in the world, but rather an entirely new world altogether.
Dr. Nicholas A. Giovinco, DPM is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the University Medical Center, in Tucson, AZ. He has completed a foot and ankle surgical residency at Dekalb Medical, in Decatur, GA., and is a faculty member of the Podiatry Institute. He has published in areas of the foot and ankle literature for reconstruction, sports medicine, trauma, technology, as well as wound healing. His research endeavors include 3D printing and eye-tracking, as well a number of other collaborations within the Makerspace community (namely Freeside Atlanta’s Premier Hackerspace.)