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From Hype to Health: How 3D Printing is Shaping the Future

  • Oct 21, 2013 · 6:30 PM
  • OANDA

3D printing is shaping our future in ways that most people aren’t fully aware of. Much more than just a tool to print Yoda sculptures, 3D printing technology is being leveraged to solve real problems from housing to health care. It’s also shaking up the world of manufacturing in ways society hasn’t experienced since the industrial revolution.

3D printing technology is being utilized in health care to cure disease, create personalized hip and knee replacements, develop organs, and much more.

Dr. Rita Kandel has been working with a team dedicated to pioneering an entirely new frontier in Canada: the use of 3D printing to construct replacement parts that mimic a patient’s own joint. What makes this even more impressive is the fact that these printed parts use a patient's very own tissue.

Dr. Kandel will be joining us to discuss how her team is developing a biological treatment for arthritis using 3D printing technology.

To address the emerging issues of product development, process automation, systems integration and manufacturing management in this day and age, Dr. Farzad Rayegani developed an applied research program at Sheridan College.

Dr. Rayegani will also be joining us to discuss 3D printing's impact on industry, what is being built with it, by who, and how it will impact how we live in the future.

Join us for an informative and interesting evening which promises to provide a look at what the future has in store for us.

Please welcome our esteemed speakers:

Dr. Rita Kandel
Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital
Clinician-scientist and Associate Member of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute
Professor at the University of Toronto

Dr. Rita Kandel is Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, and leads a staff of over 200 professionals who make up the Department.

Dr. Kandel is also a clinician-scientist and Associate Member of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. Her research pursuits follow two investigative paths. First, Dr. Kandel is working towards identifying biomarkers (a protein that can indicate a particular biological condition) associated with bone and soft tissue tumours (sarcomas). By identifying the biomarkers unique to these tumours, doctors will be able to diagnose the cancer at an earlier stage, resulting in better outcomes for patients.

The regeneration of musculoskeletal (bone and soft) tissue is Dr. Kandel's second research focus. Specifically, Dr. Kandel's lab is attempting to build new tissues to replace human joints that are damaged by injury or disease. In fact, Dr. Kandel is confident that by incorporating and developing new principles and techniques of regenerative medicine, her lab will be able to build a replacement joint made from biological materials in approximately five years. This means that a joint will no longer be replaced with a plastic or metal replica, but with one built from a patient's own tissue and cells.

Dr. Kandel is also a professor at the University of Toronto, cross-appointed to the Department of Surgery and Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, and is the Head of the Bioengineering of Skeletal Tissues Team.

Dr. Farzad Rayegani, Ph.D., P. Eng., FEC.
Associate Dean, Professor
Director, Centre of Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT), Sheridan College

Dr. Farzad Rayegani is credited with developing an applied research program involving students, graduates and faculty mentors to address issues of product development/refinement, process automation, systems integration and manufacturing management. Under his leadership, the Sheridan College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT) has undertaken a variety of successful projects in partnership with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and funded by the FedDev Ontario’s Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative. In the past year, this work has been bolstered by a range of successful, high-profile, federally-funded projects with companies in Halton and Peel regions. His work with an SME partner in Mississauga recently won an institutional excellence applied research award from Polytechnics Canada.

Dr. Rayegani was recently designated an Engineers Canada Fellow by Engineers Canada. This prestigious award is presented in recognition of exceptional contributions to the engineering profession in Canada. Dr. Rayegani has been a full-time professor in Sheridan’s Faculty of Applied Science and Technology since 2004 and recently has been appointed as Associate Dean of School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering & Technology.

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SYPA (Stuff You'll Probably Ask) 

You: What time do the presentations start?

Us: Doors open at 6:30pm and we begin the talks at 7:00pm. Before and after the talks, there are opportunities for conversations, and the enjoyment of refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.

You: Hors d'oeuvres, you say? Is there dinner?

Us: We always organize food and beverages for everyone, be it sandwiches or hot appetizers. Come hungry.

You: Why the $10 fee?

Us: All monies collected go directly to bringing you a top tier experience with notable speakers each month. Some months we get help with sponsorship and others months we do not, so the small fee balances out over the year and ensures that the events can continue to grow. Food and refreshments are provided each month and vary based on the venue. Your $10 directly goes towards covering the costs of food, drinks, thank you gifts for our speakers, hosting of our web spaces and other costs incurred to run events. We are a non-profit group run by volunteer organizers and we do not make money through this group.

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  • Murray M.

    I would love to re-visit the 3D prinitng subject again soon

    1 · December 14, 2014

  • Mark B.

    Great event and great speakers, looking forward to the next one already.

    4 · October 22, 2013

  • Murray M.

    Fantastic Speakers, open, honest relaxed...

    3 · October 22, 2013

    • Caroline C.

      Always a pleasure to have you Murray!

      October 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first meetup with Girl Geeks and certainly will not be my last! Members are friendly and the evening was informative, fun and amazing value for only $10! Thanks for organizing.

    3 · October 22, 2013

    • Caroline C.

      Yvette, thank you, that is great to hear. Glad you enjoyed your first Girl Geeks event, and look forward to having you at more!

      October 22, 2013

  • Tess

    WE are really excited about this topic esp that we just purchased our own 3D printer...however, anybody knows if there is a parking close by?

    October 21, 2013

    • Caroline C.

      Not sure what prices are like, but these are the lots close by. There is also an underground one off Charlotte St below MEC that doesn't seem to show on the map. http://ow.ly/q1jBl­

      October 21, 2013

  • Caroline C.

    Really excited for tonight's Girl Geeks Toronto event exploring 3D printing for both health care and industrial applications with Dr. Kandel and Dr. Rayegani respectfully. See you all soon!

    October 21, 2013

  • Alan Y.

    I would enjoy learning about significance the significance of this technology. And Kudos to the team at the girl geeks for picking this topic and getting the speaker!

    1 · October 16, 2013

    • Caroline C.

      Thanks Alan, appreciate your kind words and hope you enjoy the event!

      October 20, 2013

  • Caroline C.

    Thrilled to have Caitlin Davey as our blogger this month covering our 3D event. Thank you, Caitlin!

    1 · October 10, 2013

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