Materialise Medical Services – Touching the lives of others

Date: 19-03-2019
Time: 11 am – 1 pm
Venue: KB 204

Speaker: Mr. Zainal Aziz, Ms. Yessy
Process Engineer, HR Business Partner of Materialise

The speaker, Mr. Zainal Aziz pursued his degree in Medical Imaging from University Malaya and joined Materialise since 2013. He have more than 5 years’ experience in the Medical Services Department. He first started as Knee Conversion Engineer. Over the years, his career has evolved into different roles, e.g. CMF Conversion Engineer, Quality Engineer, and Design Engineer. Currently, he is a Process Engineer who is responsible in analysing a process, identifying any potential changes and implementing the process changes in the 3D printing of medical models.

The talk started with the emcee introducing the background of Mr. Zainal. Then, Mr. Zainal introduced more about himself and Materialise. Materialise was founded in 1990 in Belgium and created a range of software solutions and 3D printing services. Materialise Medical has pioneered many leading medical applications of 3D Printing and is enabling researchers, engineers and clinicians to revolutionize innovative patient-specific treatment that helps improve and save lives.

Mr. Zainal demonstrated how the images taken from computerized tomography (CT) Scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are converted into 3D models, how the 3D printed models help the patient and the surgeon during the medical procedures, and how the 3D printing technology revolutionize the medical field. Mr. Zainal also highlighted each of the roles of design engineer, conversion engineer, process engineer, quality engineer, and the clinical engineer in the process of prototype development and application. At the end of the presentation, Mr. Zainal shared some real-life cases he has involved and testimonials of patient benefited from Materialise’s 3D medical printing solutions.

An interactive Q&A session started when Ms. Yessy showed the participants some actual 3D printed prototypes from Materialise such as carnio-maxillofacial models, joint models, joint implants, and surgical guides. These prototypes are very fine printed with polyamide, resin, titanium, etc. The participants were very excited to hold and feel these impressive prototypes.

The talk ends with the giving of token of appreciation to Mr. Zainal and Ms. Yessy and with a group photo taken. The participants enjoyed the event very much because it not only enhanced their knowledge in medical printing technology but also learned more about their future career prospects.

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