Interview with Dr. Johnny Uday: 3D Printing for Animals

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“I am a Veterinarian with a passion for medical 3D printing in the human and animal field. With expertise in the use of 3D software like Blender, Meshmixer, 3D slicer, Mimics Innovation Suite, for image processing, design, and manufacture of personalized implants, prosthesis, surgical guides.” Owner of AXIS 3D MEDICAL PRINTING. With a special interest in providing affordable personalized solutions for people/animals in developing countries. First Place in the “International Congress of Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Rehabilitation Ecuador 2019”. With the conference “Use of 3D Open Source Software in Maxillofacial Surgery and Reconstruction”. First place in the “Inter Hospital Case Report Contest Ecuador 2021”. With the case “. Personalized Total Joint Replacement for a teenager with Ameloblastoma of the Jaw”. Speaker in several National and International Congresses.

Patents:

3D printed device for Atlanto Axial subluxation

3D printed device for transdermal weight-bearing prosthesis

Optimized temporomandibular joint interface with 3D printing and CNC machining

Johnny will be speaking at our upcoming event focusing on animals for 3D printing.

Jenny: When was the first encounter you had with 3D printing?

Johnny: It was around 6 years ago. I was completely in awe and couldn’t believe what this technology was capable of.

Jenny: What inspired you to start your journey in 3D printing?

Johnny: I always loved technology, art, medicine, being creative, and the world of 3D printing was offering me all of that, plus an overwhelming feeling of altruism when I feel I can help other people/animals doing something that I’m passionate about.

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Jenny: Who inspired you the most along this journey in 3D printing?

Johnny: There is a famous Brazilian 3D designer called Cicero Moraes. Once I saw his work on Youtube and I was completely hooked. Also, an amazing maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Laurent Ganry giving a tutorial for the 3D design of surgical guides on Youtube as well. Later on, they both congratulated me for my achievements, and when people who inspired you praise your work, that is the biggest compliment and inspiration to keep going forward.

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Jenny: What motivates you the most for your work? 

Johnny: Most of the time I feel that I can and I am contributing with my work to Science. I love learning and I get to work with amazing professionals in different areas, which makes me feel wiser every day.  Sometimes my ideas do not work, but when they do it makes everything worthwhile. 

Jenny: What is the biggest obstacle in your line of work? If you have conquered them, what were your solutions? 

Johnny: The biggest obstacles are fighting or preventing biofilm formation and making implants more “body friendly” with the immune system, I’m working on some ideas to address these problems, hopefully, one day I can present a solution.

Jenny: What do you think is the biggest challenge in 3D Printing? What do you think the potential solution(s) is (are)?

Johnny: I think the biggest challenge is to print organs that will mimic and replace the body perfectly, bioprinting is definitely the way. 

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Jenny: If you are granted three wishes by a higher being, what would they be? 

Johnny: I wish I could get in my brain all the information of a book just by touching it.

I wish I had Hyperthymesia (A condition that makes you remember absolutely everything)

I wish I could eat anything without getting fat

Jenny: What advice would you give to a smart driven college student in the “real world”?

Johnny: Be persevering, use your failures to learn, keep making mistakes, keep learning, always with an open mind, what we take to be true right now can change completely tomorrow. 

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