March 20, 2013—CHICAGO, IL—Last Monday, Chicago 3D printing and rapid prototyping company ProoFX Fab Lab installed their 3D printer at the Center for Biomedical Research Informatics at NorthShore University HealthSystem. By last Friday, a ProoFX maxillofacial mandibular print was being used in surgery. “Now we have a line out the door of surgeons wanting 3D models of their patients’ organs,” said ProoFX CEO and co-founder, Dima Elissa. These are the kinds of hot-off-the-presses case studies she will be sharing during her MacIT conference session, 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping: For Macs and Medicine at MacWorld 2014 next Thursday, March 27th in San Francisco at 11:40 a.m.
ProoFX recently entered into an alliance with the Center for Biomedical Research Informatics in Chicago to provide 3D printed models of body parts customized to a specific medical patient. The aim of these replicas it to better inform surgeons of their patient’s medical status, surgical needs, and ultimately provide better patient care and outcomes. Elissa, whose father was a cardiovascular surgeon, has a unique understanding of what the medical field needs from 3D rapid prototyping and printing, and the Evanston-based fab lab provides it. “It’s as close to following in my dad’s footsteps as I venture,” she said. Elissa, a successful serial entrepreneur, mentor, and Mac loving technologist for more than two decades, was chosen as an ideal thought leader for demonstrating how to integrate Macintosh systems into 3D printing technologies and capabilities.
In addition to the important role ProoFX plays in the medical community, their services are equally important to innovators and small business enterprises who have been historically left out due to the cost of entry. As an example of the versatility of 3D print technology, Elissa’s presentation deck will include a sample creation of the “Hollow Man”, a horror action figure designed by #1 Star Wars artist Dave Dorman of the Wasted Lands comic book series. “There is no limit to the innovation ProoFX can drive and support. We’re dramatically altering the landscape of additive manufacturing,” Elissa said.
For more information, you can visit the ProoFX website or visit ProofX during their Open House on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 1001 University Place in Evanston.
ProoFX is a leader in the rapid prototype and short-run fabrication industry and is believed to be the first woman-owned company of its kind. Joining 3D printing technology and advanced CNC milling equipment with a full cohort of engineering and design support, ProofX eliminates barriers to entry for a broader range of innovators. Reduce costs and build with us… NOW.
About Dima Elissa:
In 2013, Dima Co-founded ProoFX, a 3D Printing and Prototyping Fab Lab while pursuing her passion — devoting time, energy and guidance to women founders and entrepreneurs. As a faculty member teaching Entrepreneurship at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest in Chicago, she exemplifies her commitment to giving back and paying it forward. Dima presently participates on the Stem Steering committee for the Aparechio Foundation. Dima is also founder and CEO of Chicago-based company, VisualMedia.
Dima holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Hanover College, and earned her MBA from Texas A&M’s May’s School of Business with a concentration in Finance. She is also a member of the board of trustees for Hanover College.
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