Anton du Plessis | Research Group 3D Innovation, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
3D Printing is influencing the medical and surgical fields in many positive and interesting ways. The PD3D lab at the University of Central Florida has been working with many applications including Patient Specific Pre-Surgical Planning Models, Patient Specific Medical Device Development, Surgical Skills Task Trainers, Anatomical Training Models and Procedural Simulation Manikins. Through the advances of Polyjet 3D Printing and patented methods of creating composite structured materials, the tunability and fidelity are being develop to simulate realistic tissues that look, feel and behave like human tissues.
Professor Jack Stubbs studied Physics and Electro-Optics at the Miami University of Ohio and the University of Dayton (Ohio). In the 1980’s he worked with the Department of Defense at Wright Patterson Airforce Base, the Naval Weapons Center and Kirtland Airforce Base. This work included development of customized Optical Metrology system to characterize High Energy lasers for application to the Airborne Laser Lab and the Star Wars SDI Laser system. Additionally he became involved in pilot protection, advanced cockpit control and materials characterization.
In the 1990’s, Jack lead a Technology development team for Ethicon Endo Surgery in the scale up of Laparoscopic surgery, implementing imaging, visualization, robotics and sensors to Surgical Operating. This lead to the appointment of Principal Investigator for the Surgical Operating Room of the Future with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, developing telepresence surgical robotics and computer based simulation systems for training and education.
Jack founded and directed a research and development company in 1996, operating through 2010 that resulted in over 50 patents including the Airseal trocar for laparoscopic surgery. This is now the trocar of choice for robotic surgery having been used in over 1,00,000 surgeries globally.
The last 9 years have been at the University of Minnesota Medical School and most recently the University of Central Florida Institute for Simulation and Training where he leads a team developing new approaches and technology for simulating and teaching healthcare interactions and procedures.
He has used rapid prototyping, 3D printing and additive manufacturing since the mid 1990’s to improve designs, prototype and test devices and systems and to implement into a cost effective development model.