Dental 3D Printing: Latest in Digital Dentistry

Dentistry seems to be the potential breakthrough industry to manifest many 3D printing enthusiasts’ dream of mass customization, point of care delivery, and local manufacturing hub for dental professionals, reducing inefficiency and costs. Over the past several years, 3DHEALS has invited many different stakeholders to share their experiences, ranging from material innovation, software development, to new clinical workflows. Applications ranging from surgical guides, implants, dentures, night guards are among the new applications gaining increasing attention either in the startup world or the industry at large, in addition to the existing billion dollar market of dental aligners. The collective thought is that 3D printing can do more and more in parallel to the maturation of technologies. 


Justin Marks


Justin Marks, CDT is the Founder and CEO of Arfona Printing, a leader in 3D printing technologies for dental prosthetics. An accomplished dental technician, educator and lab owner, Justin has lectured and taught courses on digital dentistry and removable prosthodontics in more than 40 countries. Since 2008 Justin has dedicated the majority of his career to applying computer aided design and 3D printing technologies to removable prosthodontics and is credited with the invention of the world’s first 3D printed flexible partial denture. Justin holds his board certification as a dental technician in the complete and partial denture specialties and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pace University with a BBA in marketing and management.

Rick Ferguson DDMD


Dr. Ferguson has been involved in teaching implant dentistry for the last 20 years and has lectured in every major city in the United States as well as internationally. These lecture topics have included treatment planning, case selection, simple and complex surgical placement and restoration, advanced bone grafting and bone graft materials, use of Computed Tomography and surgical guides, management of complications and failures. Dr. Ferguson has placed and restored over 5000 dental implants and maintains a private practice with his wife Dr. Katherine Ferguson in Davie, FL emphasizing dental implants and where they also teach a live surgery course. Dr. Ferguson has been instrumental in implementing implant training programs and hands on bone grafting courses which have been attended by thousands of dentists. More recently Dr. Ferguson has pursued the use of 3D printing to benefit the clinical dental practice and created the Dental 3D printing Facebook group which has almost 15,000 members wordlwide.

Mayra Vasques


Dr. Mayra Vasques is researcher at Univ. of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and founder of iNNOV3D an EdTech company focused on supporting and training teachers and universities for the innovative and efficient use of 3D Technologies in Dentistry. She started in the additive manufacturing field in 2015, during her PhD Fellow at School of Dentistry at the University of Sao Paulo, where she led a project in additive manufacturing for the development of occlusal splints for patients with orofacial pain. Since then, she has published scientific papers and she has been involved in several AM research projects and as panelist in conferences. She is deeply involved in creating a positive and accessible local ecosystem in Brazil for digital technology and AM, working for to build the local community as Latin America Chair at ”Women in 3D Printing” company and Community Manager at “3DHeals”.

Lee Dockstader


Lee Dockstader is engaging with companies to grow additive manufacturing across medical and dental verticals with an emphasis on orthopedic and prosthetic production applications for HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology. Before HP, Lee held several positions during his 18-year career at 3D Systems including VP of Business Development, VP and General Manager of the Stereolithography Products Business Unit and VP and GM of the Asia Pacific region. Before 3D Systems, Lee worked for three years at 3D/EYE Inc, a leading-edge 3D software company as sales and distribution manager. For 11 years he held a variety of sales and marketing positions at Hewlett-Packard. During this period, Lee spent three years as program manager for HP’s Asia mechanical engineering CAD business, based in Hong Kong. Lee attended the West Point Military Academy and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from UCLA.

Sérgio Luis Rodrigues Gianvechio



Graduação em Odontologia Universidade de Uberaba/MG (1998). Especialização em Endodontia pela APCD Araraquara/SP (1999). Especialização em Ortodontia IPESP (2008). Invisalgn Doctor – 2009. Desenvolvedor de fluxos digitais em softwares livres para Ortodontia. Ministrador de cursos de Odontologia Digital no Brasil e Exterior (College of Dentistry – University of Florida). CEO da clínica CROIB Odontologia

3DHEALS Central Europe

Best Practices in Central Europe: 3D Printed Maxillofacial Implants

We are hosting our first central Europe 3DHEALS event online. Breaking geographic boundaries, these experts in the maxillofacial implants will share their experiences, tips with an international audience. 



Associate Professor Department of Oro- Maxillofacial Surgery and Stomatology at Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary


Sándor Bogdán is an associate professor at the Department of Oro- Maxillofacial Surgery and Stomatology at the Semmelweis University and is the co-owner of the Dr.Bogdán and Dr.Gyenes Oral Surgery and Dentistry Clinic in Budapest, Hungary.

His specializations includes completion of bone defects, implantology, correction of developmental disorders of the jawbones, traumatology of the maxilla, treatment of patients with oral cancer, dental surgery. He took part int he fellowship program of the European Board of Oro- Maxillofacial Surgery. 

Dr. Bogdán has almost 20 years of experience in facial, jaw and oral surgery in the reconstruction of large-scale jaw defects, bone replacements prior to implantation, and care for patients with oral cancer.

He is member of the Hungarian Society of Facial, Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery, Member of the Board Hungarian Society of Dentists Implantology, Secretary General European Association for Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery (EACMFS), Member of the Board (Representative of Hungary)


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Department of Head and Neck Surgery at Fogolyán Kristóf Emergency Hospital, Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania


Zoltán Fábián graduated in general medicine, dentistry and engineering in Targu Mures and Cluj Napoca, Romania. Obtained his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery specialist degree in a residency program. He has participated in fellowship programs across Europe. During this period a prolific relationship has been formed with the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Department of Semmelweis University, Budapest. Together with his collegues he developed an innovative approach for in-house design of customized craniofacial implants. A significant number of trauma, orthognathic and oncological cases treated using these implants made this team one of the most experienced in the region. He is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at Fogolyán Kristóf Emergency Hospital, Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania.

Dr. Marek Schnitzer, DI, PhD.

Vice Head, Dep. Biomedical Engineering and Measurement, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Košice, Slovakia


Marek Schnitzer graduated and got his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia. At present, he is a Vice Head at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Measurement, at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the university, and is the Managing Director of the Slovakian company Biomedical Engineering. The company was one of the very firsts to introduce the usage of 3D printing for medical implantation purposes, achieving an unprecedented level of implant design customization. The company is specialized in the production of medical devices by additive manufacturing. Today the company’s team boasts eight biomedical engineers and designers, all working together to expand the company’s offerings and reach to medical hospitals around the world. 

His area of activity includes biomechanical and material innovation of osteosynthetic devices, Development of a new type of external fixator for tibial fractures, topological optimization and development of personalized implants, as well as development of composite and biodegradable materials using intelligent additives technologies. 

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Daniel Bomze

Head of Business Unit Medical Lithoz GmbH, Austria


Dr. Daniel Bomze is a polymer chemist by training and received his Ph.D. from TU Wien. In his Ph.D. thesis, which was conducted at the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry, Dr. Bomze developed alternative irradiation-based curing methods for epoxy resins. He started his professional career as a freelance web application engineer as well as a project assistant at the TU Wien. Dr. Bomze acquired broad experience in materials research in different areas and is the author of numerous publications and patents. Starting from November 2016 he was in employed as a business developer medical at Lithoz. Since 2019, he is head of the business unit medical, which also includes dental applications. 

Lithoz is specialized in development and production of materials and additive manufacturing systems (3D printers) for production of highly complex parts of high performance and bioresorbable ceramics.


Technical Director, PREMET Ltd., Hungary


Bálint HEGEDŰS is the leader of the technical department and manufacturing of PREMET. PREMET is an innovative Hungarian Med Tech company specialized in additive manufacturing. Its primary activity is the production of medical devices and equipment, with a special focus on dentures, and dental and medical implants. The company puts a high emphasis on R&D and is involved in several projects. Bálint specializes in additive manufacturing technologies especially the manufacturing of metal parts.

His relevant professional activity includes the development of a process for the manufacturing of human bone allografts, as well as the the combination of the advantages of allografts and 3D printed metal parts in the field of dental and maxollifacial supplements. He deals with designing and manufacturing metal and hybrid versions of maxillofacial implants in cooperation with several Hungarian maxillofacial surgeons. He is a guest speaker at a Hungarian University at a course on the application of AM in the Health Sector.


Jenny Chen, M.D.


jenny chen

Jenny Chen, MD, is currently the Founder and CEO of 3DHEALS, a company focusing on education and industrial research in the space of bioprinting, regenerative medicine, healthcare applications using 3D printing. With a focus on emerging healthcare technology, Jenny invests in and mentors relevant startups, especially companies pitching through Pitch3D. She believes a more decentralized and personalized healthcare delivery system will better our future.

Zsolt Pásztor

Managing Director

Zsolt Pásztor

Zsolt Pásztor is very engaged in the application of 3D printing in the healthcare sector. He is the Managing Director of Premet (, a company focusing on the production of 3D printed products, including those made of CoCr, titanium and PEEK, for the dental and medical sectors. He is the leader of a3D Printing Training Centre that delivers training on digital dentistry. Zsolt is the founder and Vice-President of the Hungarian Additive Technology Association. 

He is the lead expert of a project aiming at facilitating transnational cooperation of Hungarian entities on the application of 3D printing in the health sector. He is very much interested in importing best practices to Hungary and in a broader sense to the Central and Eastern European region and export them from the Region. Zsolt is also the current 3DHEALS Budapest community manager. Dr. Pásztorwill be speaking at 3DHEALS2020 CMF panel as well as updating the Hungarian 3D printing ecosystem.


3DHEALS2018 Summit Recordings


Download 3DHEALS2018 agenda:

The 3DHEALS2018 conference has gathered 45 cross-disciplinary influencers from all over the world to speak on the current and future trends of this burgeoning field, which aims to transform trillion-dollar industries including the manufacturing, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries. The group shares the belief that these technologies will be able to solve many healthcare challenges that existing technologies cannot, including; lowering care costs, increase access to care, and improving care outcomes. 
This two-day activity-filled event includes a Day 1 hands-on workshop to continue the company’s efforts in building and expanding end-user base among medical and dental healthcare providers, but also provide organizations with how-tos to become early adopter and users of 3D printing and bioprinting technologies. Notably, workshops include:

  • Valerie Cooper, also known as the “Denture Queen”, will lead a 1.5 hours hands-on session to teach attendees on how to create dentures with a new digital workflow that can potentially solve the current crisis where there is a lack of affordable denture providers and care.
  • Mayasari Lim from SE3D will also provide a hands-on workshop to teach attendees the basics of bioprinting, a technology that has the potential to solve current organ transplant shortage crisis.
  • Hannah Riedle from FAU Erlange-Nuremberg (Munich, Germany) will provide a 1.5 hour long hands-on workshop to share her digital workflow of generating 3D printed medical anatomical models using open source software. 
  • Erik Birkenederfrom Nixon Peabody LLP will provide an overview on how to protect intellectual properties for the entrepreneurs in this new space.

The attendees are invited to the night reception immediately following the workshops to raise money for two non-profit organizations, Limbforge and the Victoria Hand Project. The special press release for the fundraising event is here.
Day 2 is the main conference day where 40+ industry leaders and innovators will speak. The event’s keynote speaker Mr. Jeffrey Sorenson from Terarecon will start the day with his insights on how an integrated digital system composed of 3D visualization, 3D printing, and artificial intelligence will impact the future of healthcare. Two parallel tracks of expert panel presentations and QA sessions will then ensue.
Among the many topics that will be explored in-depth during the conference, notable ones include:

  • 3D printing in healthcare organizations– Include presentations from multiple institutions with variable resources, including Stanford Healthcare, Children’s Hospital of Phoenix, and Children’s Hospital Boston.
  • Legal and regulatory updates– FDA and CE updates on 3D printed medical devices, IP and liability concerns in healthcare 3D printing and bio-printing innovations. Presenting companies include UL, JNJ, ReedSmith, Nixon Peabody, and Squire Patton Boggs.
  • Digital dentistry– Include current and future trends of implementing 3D printing in dentistry and becoming part of a growing dental in-office digital manufacturing ecosystem.
  • Advanced materials updates– Include current and future material selection of biocompatible polymers and metals for 3D printed medical devices. This powerful panel includes Nag Patibandla from Applied MaterialsRik Jacobs from NextDent (now 3D Systems), Karsten Schlichter from Elkem Silicones, and Ankit Saharan from EOS.
  • Bioprinting panel– includes perspectives of how, and how soon bioprinting will impact the future of organ transplant and pharmaceutical research form a panel of bioprinting startups including Aspect BiosystemsPrellis Biologics, and pharmaceutical startup Viscient Biosciences (partner with Organovo), as well as Medtronics.
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics panel– includes updates from founders of Standard Cyborg, WiDE, the Victoria Hand Project.
  • Orthopedics panel– Includes presentations by UCSF orthopedics and AnatomicsRx, a company that successfully created the first customized sternum implant in the United States.
  • International panel – Includes individual to organizational insights on healthcare 3D printing and bioprinting innovations all over the world.

During lunchtime, the annual global pitch competition will invite 10 startups from healthcare 3D printing, bioprinting, and related 3D visualization technologies such as VR/AR to pitch in front a group of investors including GE Ventures, Asimov Ventures, Digital Industrialist, and other Silicon Valley investors.
The event will conclude with a fireside chat between Dr. Paul D’Urso, CEO of AnatomicsRx, a company that successfully created the first customized sternum implant in the United States, and Penelope Heller, the patient who successfully received the treatment. The presentation aims to provide the audience a real-life example of not only how 3D printing innovation in health care improves patient care, but also the many challenges faced by both the patients and companies to access and implement these innovations.

Media Coverage:

3DHeals 2018 to foster collaboration in medical 3D printing

Nia’s CEO Interviewed For 3DHEALS 2018 Conference


3DHEALS 2017 Summit Recordings


The 2017 edition of 3DHEALS Global Summit was a huge success. With a co-host like UCSF, the event gathered 300+ international attendees, 45 speakers, 7 startups for the pitch competition. It also concluded with a successful fundraising event for Voices of Africa at the beautiful Autodesk gallery. The community has shown significant solidarity in collaborative work and commitment to education. Read various media write-ups about the event in the links below


Media Coverage on 3DHEALS2017

Medtech 3D printing: From a San Francisco happening to a legal limbo

3D Printing’s Legal Landscape Remains Wild, Untamed

3DHeals conference explores 3D printing and more

3DHeals: 3D printing start-ups demand skill, persistence


3DHEALS2020 Summit Recordings


3DHEALS2020 (June 5th-6th, 2020 )was the largest virtual summit this year, in the space of healthcare 3D printing/bioprinting, or elsewhere. This incredible virtual two-day summit gathered more than 70 world experts, 22 sessions. It is one of the most well-curated events that engage the audience to learn, think, and re-invent future healthcare.

We believe the recordings of this summit not long serve as a record of technological advanced in time and space, but also a good starting point for anyone who is interested in working and investing in this unique space.


Download Agenda here:

3D Printing Ti6Al4V Orthopaedic Implants: As Easy as Counting 1-2-3 (Video)

Media Coverage:

3DHEALS2020: Thank You!

Adventure for Life: Why You Really Should “Attend” 3DHEALS2020 Live

3DHEALS 2020 Virtual Medical Summit: 3D-Printed Materials in Healthcare (

Reimagining Healthcare With 3D Printing (SME)

3DHEALS 2020 Virtual Medical Summit: Comprehensive Look at Craniomaxillofacial 3D Printing (