Chicago: HealthTech Innovations, From 3D Visualization to 3D Printing, Bioprinting đź—“

Category: Event
Aug 06, 2020
Scheduled Event

This event was cancelled due to COVID 19, stay tune for virtual meeting in 2021.

Stay tuned for an exciting event in Chicago with a panel of experts with diverse backgrounds discussing healthcare technology innovations ranging from advanced 3D visualization, 3D printing, to Biofabrication.


Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, we are moving the event to August. Stay healthy, everyone!


6:30-9:30 PM


70 W Madison St #3500, Chicago, IL 60602

Prelim Agenda:

6:30 – 7:00 PM Registration + Networking

7:00-7:15 PM Sponsor Opening + 3DHEALS CM Intro

7:15-7:25 PM Dr. Ryan Harold

7:25-7:30 PM Speaker 1 Q&A

7:30-7:40 PM Dr. Caralynn Nowinski 

7:40-7:45 PM Speaker 2 Q&A

7:45 -7:55 PM Ed LaHood

7:55-8:00 PM Speaker 3 Q&A

8:00-8:10 PM Mike Vasquez

8:10-8:15 PM Speaker 4 Q&A

8:15-8:35 PM Panel Q&A with all four speakers

8:35-9:30 PM Networking/Wrap up

8:15-8:35 PM Panel Q&A with all four speakers

8:35-9:30 PM Networking/Wrap up

Registration to this Event is Required. No at-door registration allowed.



Ryan Harold

Ryan Harold, M.D.,  originally from Chicago, IL, first became interested in 3D printing as a hobby. His passion for 3D printing then merged with his profession, as he now uses 3D printing for surgical planning and as a research tool in Orthopedic Surgery. Ryan is currently a resident in Orthopedic Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. Ryan was born in the city of Chicago but grew up in Wheeling, IL – a northwest suburb of the city. He completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In his free time, he enjoys running, golfing, and traveling.

Read Dr. Harold’s interview here.

Caralynn Nowinski

Dr. Caralynn Nowinski Collens is the CEO of Dimension Inx, a biofabrication company harnessing the power of a patented 3D-printing biomaterials design and manufacturing platform to create regenerative “medical devices” to treat a range of medical conditions. She is passionate about building teams and organizations that harness technology to drive transformational change and improve the quality of people’s lives.

Previously as the co-founder of UI LABS, a first-of-its-kind technology organization focused on the digital future of industries, Caralynn built the organization from a concept in late 2011 through launch in 2014, raising $200M+ in investment and ultimately spinning out two business units as independent entities in 2019.  After starting her first company while a joint medical/business student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Caralynn spent her early career in venture capital and corporate finance, primarily focused on technology-based university spin-outs.

Caralynn currently chairs the Board of Directors of MxD (national digital manufacturing institute) and serves on the Executive Council of Granite Creek Capital Partners. She is proud to have been a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “Forty Under Forty”.

Ed LaHood

Ed Lahood has over 30 years of experience starting, building and investing in successful start-ups. Ed currently serves as the CEO of Thyng, an Augmented Reality company focused on developing the next generation of healthcare solutions using advanced 3D visualization technologies.

Prior to Thyng, Ed founded, financed, and sold a number of startups, including (1.) VREAM, Inc. – founded in 1991 establishing a new industry for Virtual Reality on the PC. VREAM won the PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award in November 1996 and was named the 4th most popular download on the web by Wired Magazine in May 1996. VREAM was bundled with early retail versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. VREAM raised its first round of Venture Funding in 1995, and was acquired by Platinum Technology in 1996; (2.) BeautyJungle, Inc. – raised $23 Million to build the largest online Beauty Retailer to date with 10,000 products and over 100 employees. BeautyJungle was named by Fortune Magazine in 2000 as the 4th best e-commerce site on the web, right behind Amazon at #3; (3.) MainCloud LLC – one of the first cloud computing platforms allowing users to store, view, and share all of the content in their digital world; (4.) Exclusive Domains, Inc. – a pioneer in virtual real estate, building one of the largest portfolios in the world, acquired by YesDirect in 2006;

Ed began his career as a Consultant with Arthur Andersen in 1987. In 1988 Ed joined a group of Partners from Arthur Andersen in launching the Information Consulting Group, a technology consulting firm funded by Saatchi & Saatchi. The Information Consulting Group was acquired by McKinsey & Co in 1989, where Ed served as a Consultant until 1990. Ed graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1987.

Talk Summary

As real-time 3D Visualization technologies like Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality continue to rapidly advance, Thyng is utilizing AR and MR to develop an incredible new suite of healthcare solutions for clinician collaboration, procedure planning, and doctor/patient communications, aimed at driving improvements in procedure outcomes, patient education, healing, and wellness. Ed will talk about and demonstrate some of the latest healthcare solutions to feature AR and MR technology.

Mike Vasquez

Dr. Mike Vasquez is a 3D Printing expert specializing in pushing the boundaries of advanced 3D printing technology. He is the Founder and CEO of 3Degrees, a Chicago-based consulting company focused on helping organizations maximize their investment in the technology. Over the past decade, he has worked side-by-side with some of the top machine manufacturers, material producers and end-users in the industry, consulting with them to identify novel applications, test new materials, and develop frameworks to maximize R&D efficiency and boost ROI. In the past 18 months, Mike has worked with a dozen companies to help them set up successful and safe facilities. He has also created a software tool called TRACE. It aims to assist companies formalizing their use of 3D Printing to ensure they can meet quality and technical standards outlined by their supply chain and industry requirements. He completed his PhD in Additive Manufacturing at Loughborough University and received both his Bachelors and Masters from MIT in Materials Science and Engineering.

Talk Title: 

Developing a Structured 3D Printing Approach for Infant Helmets

Talk Summary:

This talk will be focused on the development of a 3D Printing approach for a cranial orthosis. Infants can develop a flat spot or uneven appearance in the soft plates in their maturing skull for a variety of reasons. This generally does not damage a child’s brain but may need to be addressed with cranial prostheses (helmet), repositioning and/or therapy exercises if the condition does not resolve.

For a conventional helmet, the patient undergoes some form of scanning or molding to measure deformation points. A custom-fitted helmet is molded from tough plastic and lined with thick foam. The patient is required to wear the helmet up to 23 hours per day for an average of 3 to 6 months. Typically helmets cost several thousand dollars to produce and may not be covered by insurance. 
A new model for the helmet, leveraging 3D Printing to streamline the production process and improve the overall design enabled more flexibility in adjustment as well as a customized shape that increased ventilation to the skull. Additionally, a robust review of the manufacturing process was developed to limit variability and provide manufacturers with a template to follow the process outlined by recent FDA guidance for 3D Printing. This included keeping track of the design data inputs, material specifications, machine process inputs, post-processing, and final inspection.

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