3D Printing applications in Cranio-Maxillofacial surgery

Deformities and defects in cranio-maxillofacial surgery very often demand for a patient specific solution. Custom made maxillo-facial implants and prosthesis can be manufactured by 3D printing and are tailored to the patient. The use of custom surgical guides and implants in cranio-maxillofacial surgery is widespread and can be regarded as state of the art treatment. Clinical applications will be highlighted.

A presentation by Prof. dr. Jules Poukens, Lecturer University Hasselt, Belgium.


Question 1: What drives you?
a profound passion for integration of engineering and technology in medicine, especially patient specific implants.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
to get a better overview and insight on medical 3D printing in cranio-maxillofacial surgery.

Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Custom 3D printed implants, made of metal alloys are very common nowadays. There is more and more demand for Bioprinting and 3D printed resorbable scaffolds . 3D printing of living human tissue now makes it’s first steps in daily practice.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
The treatment of patients, especially in replacement surgery, become patient specific and (bio-resorbable) implants are manufactured solely for one patient.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Technical advancement of bioprinting and lowering the cost of manufacturing are crucial for widespread of this technology.

About Jules Poukens
Jules Poukens is currently lecturer at the Faculty of Lifesciences (BIOMED) University Hasselt, Belgium. He was trained as Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon in Belgium (Leuven) and Germany ( Freiburg, Black Forrest). After his training , he joined the staff at the University Hospital Maastricht. He was appointed as vice-chairman in 1998. From 2010 till 2019 he was staff member at Zuyderland Medical Center Heerlen/Sittard (the Netherlands). His main research interest is on 3D visualization, virtual surgery and reconstruction by 3D printed implants of the cranio-maxillofacial skeleton, distraction osteogenesis and computer aided planning of implants. He participated in European Community funded projects on medical rapid prototyping and manufacturing such as CUSTOM-FIT and CUSTOM-IMD. .
Born and raised in Belgium, Jules searched for his roots and now lives with his wife in Dilsen, Belgium near the Dutch and German border. Not only professional but also private, he is regarded as a computer addict.

About University Hasselt
Civic university
UHasselt is more than its seven Faculties, four research institutes, three research centres, 6,700 students and 1,500 researchers and staff. As civic university we are strongly committed to the Region and the world. We want to make our society smarter, more agile and better. Through education, research and technology transfer.

Throughout our history, innovation has been – and still is – a constant in everything we do. When it comes to nurturing talent, pushing scientific boundaries and stimulating innovation, we believe in doing things differently. In a constant changing world, we have to. That is what makes UHasselt the university of today.

Hasselt University’s approach to education is unique. We encourage students to look beyond books and classrooms. We equip them with knowledge and skills. Action and interaction. Thinking and doing. Intensive guidance. That is what being a student at UHasselt is all about. Our alumni are critical, engaged, agile and versatile professionals.

Jules Poukens is speaker at the 2022 edition of the 3D Dental Printing Conference.

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