• Within Reach Design Challenge by MatterHackers Ultimaker e NABLE and Pinshape

    MatterHackers, Ultimaker, e-NABLE and Pinshape recently teamed up to launch a design contest- Within Reach. The contests ask to create a 3D printable tool to assist individuals with limited use of their hands and the winners will be judged by Dave Gaylord, Jen and Ivan Owen, Les Hall and Brandy Leigh Scott. The entry can be made till September 6th and prizes include 3D printers from Ultimaker, MatterControl T10 3D Printer Controllers, MatterHackers PRO Series Filament, and MatterHackers gift cards.

  • Silicone and Robocasting for Medical Applications

    Amedica has made its first complex, three-dimensional structures by a 3D printing process called Robotic deposition, or Robocasting which is is a freeform fabrication technique for dense ceramics and composites that is based on layered deposition of highly colloidal slurries. The final products have been confirmed for integrity and validity of the 3D printing method and have been shown to achieve similar theoretical density and microstructure attributed to the traditionally manufactured silicon nitride fusion devices currently in use with advantages in bone fusion, antibacterial behaviour and superior strength.

  • Stratasys to display J750 3D Printer at TCT Show

    Making its debut at this year's TCT show in Birmingham will be Stratasys’ recently-launched J750 3D printer, reportedly the world’s only full colour, multi-material 3D printer. The J750 is designed for prototypes, as well as tooling, moulds, jigs and fixtures and its unique 3D printing capabilities enable users for the first time to combine full colour gradients with a range of materials to achieve the most realistic parts in the industry, easily and without post-processing.

  • Chinas First Medical 3D printing Factory Opens in Six Months

    The first 3D Printing Factory had already started construction in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. The project started after the Fengdu county government of the municipality and the Hkable Biological 3D (China) Co Ltd, a joint venture between U.-based Hkable and local biotechnology company Jintai, signed a cooperation agreement on Tuesday. The factory is estimated to cost 50 million yuan ($7.5 million) and will produce human part molds to help with surgery for orthopedics, burns and dentistry, and artificial parts such as limbs.

  • Aaron Westbrook aims to Recycle reFORM Reprint with Kickstarter Campaign

    17-year old Aaron Westbrook from Ohio is seeking e-NABLE to create 3D Printed Prosthetics which will have much less impact on the environment. With his official non-profit organization, Form5, he is developing ways to make low-cost 3D printed devices from reused and recycled plastic, especially ABS and PLA.He has also started a Kickstarter campaign to grab some funds to buy the tools required for this innovative idea.

  • Colombia Kid receives Captain America 3D Printed Hand

    Felipe, an 8-year old from Colombia was born without his right hand when he decided to seek e-NABLE community for the help and wishing for a Captain America 3D Printed Arm. Christian Silva and his team through the e-NABLE Colombia 3D Printed his Captain America Arm using Reprap Prusa I3 3D printer which took more than a year.

  •  e NABLING SPAIN CIFP Don Bosco

    CIFP Don Bosco, a vocational training center located in the Basque Country of Spain, began working with 3D printers and soon its students and staff signed up with e-NABLE as volunteers. They immediately met two recipients from Mexico – 54 year old Rodolfo and 57 year old Gustavo for which Don Bosco students created the Flexy Hand 2 model. Since then, CIFP Don Bosco is working with e-NABLE to help people requiring prosthetics for a better life.

  • Police Seeks 3D Print to Solve Murder Case

    Law enforcement officers approached the 3D Print Lab of Anil Jain, a professor at Michigan State University seeking help in solving a murder case using the 3D Print Technology. Police believed that scans of the victim’s fingerprints from a previous arrest could help unlock his phone and might provide clues as to who killed him.

  • 3d Bioprinting Course Online Free Certificate

    University of Wollongong, Australia has rolled out a free online course on Medical Bio-Printing that will teach the participants about the basics of 3D Printing body parts such as hip implants and facial implants. The 4-week interactive course will teach the story of 3D Printing revolution, introduce participants with commonly used biomaterials, including metals, ceramics and polymers, and how bioprinting techniques, such as selective laser melting, hot-melt extrusion and inkjet printing, work. Finally, the participants can grab their own Certificate of Achievement after completing the course.

  • SMS hospital india 3d printing

    Surgeons in Sawai Man Singh hospital jaipur, india are now using 3D Printing Technology for removing gall bladder with cholelithiasis disease (Gall stones) and have conducted 22 successful surgeries so far within the last month. Doctors believe 3D Printing is better since the dual cameras in 3D technique provide 360 degree images, while with 2D Printing, they were only able to get 30 to 45 degrees angles and the surgeons have to rotate it while conducting the surgeries. Also, it reduced the time of surgery to 20-25 minutes.

  • Eight Year Old gets 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand from CMU Students

    8-Year old Michael Bell was suffering with Moebius Syndrome, a neurological disorder that left him without his left arm. However, he received a 3D Printed Hand from CMU’s MakerBot Innovation Center, Breckenridge where Austin Brittain created the device for him using the e-NABLE template. The device was named Phoneix hand and costs less than $100.

  • Artec 3D Print Scanner Microtia Ear deformity

    Dr. Ken Stewart and team of doctors at Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, Scotland are now using 3D Printing technology to help children born with Microtia, a congenital condition in which the external ear is underdeveloped or undeveloped at birth. Using Artec Spider 3D Scanner, they are able to record the geometry of child's normal ear and use it to create a highly accurate model.

  • 4Web Medical Start 3D Printed Implant Industry Lateral Spine Truss System

    The Texas-based 4Web Medical Company has just announced that they received FDA clearance for their Lateral Interbody Fusion Devices. The platform consists of the Cervical Spine Truss System, the ALIF Spine Truss System, the Posterior Spine Truss System and the Osteotomy Truss System.  4WEB is currently developing truss implant designs for knee, hip, trauma and patient specific procedures where the patient will benefit from optimal porosity and osseous incorporation.

  • 3D Printed Anatomy Kits help Medical Students

    The 3D Printed Anatomy Kits were made available for sale last year by Monash University and partner Erler Zimmer which are now being currently used widely by the medical students to learn anatomy without actually having to dissect real cadavers in dissection halls. Professor Paul McMenamin, Director of the Centre for Human Anatomy Education at Monash, and his team uses CT and laser scans of real human bodies to create the full-color replicas, while each full-body replica consists of 57 parts, and larger components can take up to a week to 3D print.

  • Autodesk Enable Community Foundation and Voodoo Manufacturing make Biggest Hand Prosthetic Drive

    Autodesk, Enable Community Foundation (ECF) and Voodoo Manufacturing have prepared the biggest hand-drive to date with help from volunteers, including 6,000 volunteer hours just from Autodesk team. The 28 Autodesk offices in different parts of world combined to work on 750 Prosthetic Hands for Children who have lost their body parts and helped them recover into a better life.

  • Chinese Researchers plan to 3D Print Custom Skin to help Burn Victims

    Professor Wu Jun, director of the Burns Institute at the Southwest Hospital in Chongqing and his fellow researchers are working on 3D Printed Custom Skin to match the wounds of burn victims. Currently experimenting with pig skin, he stated that in printing skin, the biggest challenge is the ink and the process is expected to be finalized within two to three years. With 3D Printed Custom Skin, they will be able to help patients with burns with faster recovery, reduced risk of infection and eventual scarring.

  • Inside 3D Printing Conference Exp San Diego starts Registration

    Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo San Diego is going to take place on December 14 and 15 at the San Diego Convention Center, of which the four tracks for the show have been announced recently : The Business Track, The Manufacturing Track, The Medical Track and The Metal Track. The Medical Track at the show will offer insight into the design and manufacturing of customized implants, dental devices, tissues, etc. using a variety of additive technologies. Registration is currently open until September 16.

  • Multiply Labs launches Personalized Supplements for Fitness

    Team of Researchers at Multiply Labs have launched their first Personalized Supplement in market which consists of Vitamins, Minerals and others like Caffeine and Omega 3 and comes in form of capsule which is half an inch long and contains only pure elements, no additives. These capsules are 3D printed with FDA-approved pharmaceutical polymers, and then filled by a robotic system and moreover, Multiply Labs allows you to design own pills by specifying the supplements and quantities of desire.

  • Indian Maker inspired to Help Amputee Children through Indiegogo Campaign

    Prashant Gade, a maker from Pune, India met a 5-year old girl who was missing both of her arms from the elbows down and he created Bio_Nick, a 3D printed electronic prosthetic arm actuated by signals from the foot for her. Motivated by the cause, Gade launched an Indiegogo Campaign with the goal of raising $150,000 and create more prosthetics for the children having similar difficulties in life.

  • ProgressTH and QSNICH collaborate for 3D Print Medical Workshops

    A three hours long workshop was held at Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health through the help of ProgressTH, a Bangkok-based makerspace and media platform that works in numerous areas to enhance communities through organizing workshops. The workshop called Nurses and other healthcare professionals to use SketchUp Make, a user-friendly drawing tool suitable for makers on all levels and learn more about 3D Printing Technology.

  • Bio Printing New Jaw and Gum Cells to pioneer Dentistry Evolution

    Periodontist Professor Saso Ivanovski, from Griffith University’s Menzies Institute has announced that he has developed a way to engineer missing bone and tissue in the gums and jaw by using a patient’s own cells after 5 years of research. This will involve taking CT scan of patient's damaged region which will be sent to bioprinter to 3D Print new part and the whole procedure will decrease the significant pain, nerve damage and postoperative swelling. National Health and Medical Research Council has granted it $650,000 for the potential it holds in dental industry.

  • Reddit User 3D Prints his own Custom Brace after breaking Hand

    A Reddit User, 3driven or in reality, Paavo Pirhonen of Helsinki, Finland, is a radiographer and electrical engineering student, broke his fifth metacarpal of hand after colliding with a car while cycling. He 3D Printed his own custom brace using Autodesk Inventor Professional 2016 and then 3D printing with PLA which he could remove daily, wash it and even go for swimming wearing it. The doctors were okay with it and he has now shared the design on Thingiverse.

  • Researchers study Titanium Powder to enhance its Medical Use in 3D Printing

    Researchers from the University of Waterloo in Ontario performed a study regarding 3D printing processes with metal and layer thicknesses in material and used Titanium Powder with particle size range of 38–45 μm which was 3D printed on the ZPrinter 310 Plus by 3D Systems . Several different studies considered Particle size, Sintering temperature and Powder compaction level from which they found how layer thickness affects powder compaction during 3D printing, as well as how temperature variations affect bonding and they can now aim to help close any gaps that might occur as implants loosen and cause inflammation and other issues for patients.

  • Student 3D Prints OrthoPrints for Teeth Aligment

    Amos Dudley, a broke graduate student, designed his own orthodontics to correct his own teeth for which he used Stratasys Dimenstion 1200es. Obtaining the 3D Printer, he used retainer material Keystone Pro-Form .030 plastic purchased from eBay and finally made all of his aligner steps, as well as a riser, while eliminating ‘draping artifacts’ as well as saving time.

  • UFC and GuardLab partner to create 3D Printed MouthGuards for Fighters and Fans

    UFC and GuardLab, a New-York based company, have joined hands announcing a global licensing agreement to create custom mouthguards for fighters and fans using 3D Printing Technology. The product called ‘Mouthguard Revolution’ is 3D Printed on high-resolution 3D printers and the prices starts from $249 for adults or $150 for the under 18.

  • 3D Printing in Dentistry expected to grow with Advancements and Breakthroughs

    A 10-year Forecast and Opportunity Analysis report by Whatech has revealed that revenues from additive manufacturing (AM) in the dental sector have grown almost 12 percent since 2015 and the market is expected to see boom with development of 3D Printing Technology for researches like Custom Braces, Gums and Jaws Implants, etc. The report explains how development of new 3D printers, materials, and applications is the strongest targets for the development and how it is expected to grow in upcoming years.

  • German Medical Company opens plant in United States

    KLS Martin Group, a German medical-supply company will be opening its first U.S manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, according to Rick Scott’s Office. While the focus of the new operations will be on precision 3D printing and milling of products for reconstructive surgery, Tom Johnston of KLS Martin Manufacturing stated that the Jacksonville plant will not only be the first in North America, but the company’s first outside of Germany.

  • Researchers use Medical Phantom Model for Clubfoot Treatment

    Professor Kenji Shimada and his research team from Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering have developed "Medical Phantom Model" ”, which uses 3D printing to create a realistic looking and feeling hands-on training model for surgeons and by using a clear ballistic gel, a 10% synthetic non-fouling gel material typically used for testing ammunition and to simulate bullet wounds. Currently it is being used for Clubfoot, or Congenital Talipes Equinovarus (CTEV), a congenital deformity which is distinguished by one or both feet being turned inwards and upwards and results in serious mobility problems if left untreated.

  • e NABLing France

    Thierry Oquidam from France, IT Director in communication started volunteering to help as the e-NABLE Matcher for all of Europe and later delivered the first 3D printed e-NABLE hand in France to a young fellow named Maxence. He has made 7 devices and the whole e-NABLE France chapter has delivered 9 devices so far with currently 15 in process for the recipients requiring 3D Printed Hand or Arm. He is currently seeking donations in form of 3D Printers or materials to create more devices and help more people in need.

  • 3D Printed Partial Finger Prosthetic

    Nick Brookins, media services engineer at Akamai Technologies was left with amputed finger in the hospital after a motorcycle accident in the mountains near San Diego. Inspired by the original Owen Replacement Finger design, he then developed his own 3D Printed Prosthetic called the Knick Finger from scratch using OpenScad code and printing it on his Printrbot Simple. The 3D Printed Knick Finger also protects his very sensitive nerve endings and reduces pain, he stated.

  • Olympic Champion to receive 3D Printed Shoes from Adidas

    Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be wearing 3D Printed Shoe from Adidas at the Rio de Janeiro for the women’s 100m preliminaries on August 12th. The 3D Printed Shoe called Zoom Superfly Elite Shoe has been designed after intensive testing and ditching of traditional screw-in spikes by Adidas. Superfly Elite has been said to provide the right amount of support, withstand the repeated impacts and it has to be lightweight.

  • How 3D Printing is Evolving the Medical Field

    From 3D Printed Prosthetics, Super-Healing Casts, Hairs, Skin and 3D Printed Micro-Lens for surgery to Implants of almost every body part, 3D Printing is helping in medical field making everything possible for the miserable lives of patients. But what is the future of 3D Printing? One day we will be able to 3D Print entire human body from simple DNA, as some researchers have already started to work on 3D Printing Real Organs for transplants in human bodies.

  • e NABLE volunteer dedicates life to transform 3D Printing into Helping Hand

    Aaron Brown of AXISLAB3D, an e-NABLE Community volunteer and sponsor of January CREATE T.I.M.E Design Challenge started working on 3D Printing when he sold his truck to buy first ROBO3D Printer. Till date, he has created over 50 devices for children in need with his most recent recipient, a young girl and her family who came to visit him at his 3D print shop in Grand Rapids, MI.

  •  Paralympic Team to be powered by BMW 3D Printing Solutions

    DesignworksUSA, the BMW-owned creative consultancy and the Official Mobility Partner of the United States Olympic Committee, used a 3D scan of US Paralympian Athlete Josh George on his chair and created 3D models, including the athlete in the procedure, that could fine tune the aerodynamics. The new redesign will help the athletes be more comfortable and enhance performance since it is lighter than aluminum and also provides greater torsional rigidity and stiffness.

  •  Hong Kong Hospital perform first Surgery of its kind using 3D Printing

    A medical team of 8 members at Hong Kong-based Queen Elizabeth Hospital team used 3D printing technology to create a detailed heart model of their 77-year-old patient Shum. The medical specialists performed a surgery that involved the replacing of two heart valves through blood vessels in a single operation. The surgery with 3D Printing involved minimal invasiveness and was completed in just four hours.

  • North Korea showcases their own 3D Printer for Dental and Cosmetic Surgeries

    Korean Central Television (KCTV) recently revealed some footages that showed Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, North Korea, giving demonstration of their own 3D printer to reporters, with the statement that it can print bone for dental and cosmetic surgery procedures. Apart from that, KCTV showed two documents they stated were a “patent of certification” and a certification of assessment from the “intellectual products exhibition”.

  •  FARO Forensic ScanArm Solution pioneers Solving Criminal Cases

    In response to increasing requests for public safety/forensics solutions and criminal cases, FARO have designed FARO Forensic ScanArm Solution equipped with FusionM ScanArm, a versatile, portable scanner that utilizes blue light technology to perform fast, high-resolution scans of forensic artifacts without needing to touch or move them. The ScanArm is also bundled with 3D Systems’ Geomagic software for quick, high-quality 3D modeling and printing.

  •  Materialise counsels Bennett Engineering to 3D Printing Success

    England's Bennett Engineering Design Solutions, established in 1999 gained interest in 3D Printing after Materialise offered them teach the way of working with 3D printing. By the far end, Bennett Engineering have already 3D Printed over 30 products on client requests and now are looking forward to learn about metal printing materials like titanium, aluminum and stainless steel with the help of Materialise.

  •  These 4 Universities have their own 3D Printing Plans

    The Four Universities are working their own way to develop 3D Printing for medical uses and these include Indiana University-layering by applying a viscous bio-ink; Wake Forest University- Integrated Tissue and Organ Printing System (ITOP), which deposits biodegradables to form the tissue's shape, and water-based gels that contain the cells; Pennsylvania State University- artificial cartilage produced by the team is very similar to native cow cartilage and lastly, Advanced Solutions Life Sciences working with capillary beds, which they can flow blood through in the lab.

  •  3D Printing and Medicine will see the Market Boom by 2022

    The relationship between Medicine and 3D printing market is expected to rise, and cross the $3.89 billion mark by 2022. To these, achievements like the launch of 3D printed organs, which will cause a rapid decrease in the testing of new drugs, and medicine on animals, are constantly adding to the potential of 3D Printing. 3D printers can create specifically designed medicine with accurate dosage size, color and delivery modes which are patient orientated and improve patient care.

  •  Materialise plans to Build Europes Largest and Modern 3D Printing Factory in Poland

    With increasing popularity of 3D Printing Revolutions, Materialise has decided to construct Europe’s largest and most modern 3D printing factory which will be built in the Polish village of Bielany Wrocławskie. The construction is start later this year and is planned to end in mid-2017. This new factory will be a perfect opportunity for Materialise to extend their presence in the automotive, aerospace and medical industries. However, local Materialise branch leader Piotr Adamczewski has stated it will be focused on medical care.

  •  French Biomodex uses 3D Printing to train Surgeons

    French-based Biomodex has set a goal to use regular additive manufacturing to create ultra-realistic organ replicas to help train surgeons. Another application Biomodex is using its technology for is education: Medical schools can use the 3D printed plastic “organs” instead of cadavers to make it easier to teach classes on specific pathologies. The main aim of Biomodex, however, is to take regular medical data from MRIs and ultrasounds and transform it into detailed 3D-printable models using proprietary algorithms.

  •  3D Printed Cast are Modern but may not be Cheap

    3D Printed casts have appeared as one of the useful tools of the technology since the designs are lightweight and the plastic features round openings allow for more breathability. These openings make it easier for doctors to access the broken limb, as well as making daily tasks more manageable for the patient. Comparatively, 3D Printed Cast Design helped with determining skin health, and it made re-dressing wounds easier. Companies like Xkelet, based in Spain, have gained recognition for their cast whose clinical trial will be starting in September. However, their prices continue to be cause of worry.

  •  Rising 3D Printing Piracy in Pharmaceuticals

    Since the launch of less costly 3D Printers, more and more users are now getting to 3D Print their own Pharmaceutical pills at home. This has led to Piracy issues of 3D Printed medical drugs which require FDA approval and hence, the need to claim copyrighting for them. It has been asked that manufactures might be required to design the drugs in such a way that it requires a specific type of material, one not compatible with 3D technology.

  • Sinterex and TAMU innovate Metal 3D Printing in Middle East

    Engagement of Dr. Alaa Elwany of Texas A&M University , Dr. Paul Smith from Glasgow School of Art's Institute of Design Innvovation and Julian Callanan, founder of Sinterex led to development of Metal 3D Printing in middle east. Sinterex will provide consulting services as well as manufacturing services and the organization has announced their first Metal 3D Printer aiming for Biomedical Field.

  • 3D Printed Cranial Implants by 3DCeram

    French-based company 3DCeram worked with Dr. Joël Brie and the maxillofacial surgery department at Limoges University Hospital to develop Cranial Prosthetics using 3D Printing technology. The 3D Printer used is Ceramaker which utilizes pastes made from photopolymers combined with alumina, zirconia or hydroxypatite (HA) and can 3D Print Cranial Prosthesis in about 48 hours using SLA Technology.

  • 3D Printed Heart Models help Doctors in Poland

    Three team collaborated on project to develop better 3D Printed Models of Heart of fetus using the ultrasounds. The GRID company, Rapid Crafting and experts at MWU in Poland worked to 3D Print realistic heart models which can help to learn more about any abnormality in fetus and each model is is 10 x 14 x 10 cm, and includes instructions as well as illustrations detailing each layer of the model.

  • Titanium Medical Implants Maker seek Australian Rebates

    Melbourne neurosurgeon Paul d'Urso and founder of Anatomics had been making customized 3D print cranial implants such as custom sternum and ribcage for cancer patients. But the Australian Private Funds have denied rebates as the 3D printed implants are not regulated or listed on the federal government's Prostheses list. They are looking forward for more support so that the industry would be able to process Australia's abundant titanium into the inks and powders used in 3D printing.

  • 3D Printed Clitoris for Sex Education in France

    Odile Fillod, a researcher, with help of Melissa Richard, mediator of the Carrefoure Numérique Fab Lab at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris, who took to Blender to create a 3D model of an Clitoris for Sex Education in France. The 3D Model was it was printed in PLA on a Mondrian 3D printer, and the open source file has been made available. Also, Fillod has been working with V’idéaux, a Toulouse-based documentary film production company, to create a Ministry of Education-supported website for the cause where a video about clitoris will be included in January 2017.

  • Girl receives 3D Printed Arm from e NABLE Library

    Five year-old Katelyn Vinick from Texas was born without a fully-formed left hand, and she and her family looking for an alternative to cosmetic hand for which they approached to Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library, home of the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab, a free community makerspace containing, among other tools, multiple 3D printers. Branch Librarian, Jim Johnson selected the e-NABLE’s popular Team Unlimbited Arm for her which was 3D Printed after scaling the design.

  • AR App that helps e NABLE Volunteers learn Prosthetic Assembling

    e-NABLE has launched an Android App called Augmented Reality Raptor Reloaded Assembly Manual which available on Google Play Store and has been created specifically for e-NABLE ommunity by Derek Delizo, a junior in electrical engineering at University of Washington Bothell,along with mentors Rafael Silva andIvan Owen. The main goal of this new AR learning app is to teach the volunteers how to assemble prosthetics on their own.

  • 3D Printing cures Tongue Cancer via Anatomiz3D

    A 53-year old patient was admitted to Bangalore's Health Care Global Hospital complaining of mouth ulcer, which was later diagnosed as Tongue cancer using the MRI scan. Surgical oncologist Dr. Vishal Rao and his team with Anatomiz3D used the MRI scan to create a 3D Model of patient's tongue which enabled them to digitally separate the tumor from the tongue and perform the surgery.

  • IN UTERO 3D Printed Models help Blind Mothers see their Children

    Blind mothers can now visualize the faces of their children using 3D Printed Models from IN UTERO 3D. The family-run company in Poland, IN UTERO 3D uses images from the ultrasound and then creates 3d printed models using Ultimaker printer and Spectrum filament and the process takes around four days before delivering directly to the parents.

  • Tissue Regeneration Cell Culture by 3D Printing

    Amy Karle, from Artist in Residence at Autodesk has used CAD design and 3D Printing to create scaffolds in support of cell growth into certain forms by which 3D Printed framework for tissue generation can be made. She makes her own 3D Printed material using polyethylene (glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) hydrogel and 3D Printing it by Ember 3D Printer.

  • Athletes gear up for Rio Olympics with 3D Printing

    Veronica Yoko Plebani, an Italian athlete who suffered impairments to both hands and feet due to bacterial meningitis, is now ready to hit Rio Olympics 2016 with the help of 3D Printing. Marco Avaro, a Biomedical Engineer and part of the WASPmedical team 3D printed the perfect braces for Veronica to hit up the canoeing.

  • Conjoined Twins Surgery made possible Thanks to 3D Printing

    Two female conjoined twins born at UF Health Shands Hospital in April were sharing thoraco-omphalopagus connection (joined by liver, diaphragm, sternum and heart) and required surgery to be separated. Using cardiac CT and MRI scans, Dr. Co-Vu and her team prepared the 3D model of their hearts and performed a successful surgery.

  • Landmark Hearing Aid via 3D Printing and Earlens Corp

    California-based Earlens Corporation have introduced a newer variety of hearing aid that uses light to enhance hearing. Similar to contact lens, the lens attaches to eardrum through surface tension. The device consists of three parts: a light tip, a custom-fitted lens and a photon processor which transmits sound waves to the light tip, which converts the sound into non-visible light.

  • Create OP launches flexible 3D Printing System

    Lake Placid, New-York based Create Orthotics and Prosthetics is launching integrated medical grade 3D Printing system which allows clinical practitioners to design 3D Printed devices in their own clinics. Currently allowing eight unique devices, the cost has been reduced by 65% and works with Flexy Fit prosthetics filament for light weight devices.

  •  iMakr Med releases Bioprinter to revolutionize Medical 3D Printing

    The South Korean company, iMakr Med Platform, recently revealed their new 3D Printer called the Rokit Invivo Hybrid Bio 3D Printer, which is set to be sold at $34,000 USD and functions as the first hybrid modular bioprinter. The printer contains Invivo gel that helps constructing 3D tissue scaffolds which can be used for potential transplantation.

  •  A Vision for 3D Printed Finger Prosthetics

    Brian Jordan lost his parts of index finger and thumb after an accident with saw and started seeking prosthetic for which he reached Robiotech Corp. Working with lab manager Tony Ingelido at the MakerBot Innovation Center at University of Maryland, they together developed 3D Printed Finger Prosthetics. Currently, they are awaiting the plans of registering the device with FDA.

  •  Regenerating Bone In Vivo rolls out in Ireland

    AMBER Materials Science Center, Ireland, are working on bone grafts through 3D Printing, either via autografting or allografting by inserting the bioprinted materials and patient's stem cells subcutaneously and regenerating the bone. Funded by Science Foundation, Ireland and hosted at Trinity College, Dublin; this new method will provide less painful, successful and affordable reach to the patients with Cancerous tumors or suffering bone defects.

  •  TOIL team adds Motor Ability and more to 3D Printed Prosthetics

    Team of researchers headed by David Scott at MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Technology Office Innovation Laboratory (TOIL) are now working on ways of improving the 3D Printed Prosthetics. Better finger motion, non-electronic temperature, motor technology and tactile feedback are the starts, and they can be added to any e-NABLE prosthetics at a cost around $350.

  •  Stratasys provides Back Brace to Paralympian

    Polina Rožkova, a Latvian wheelchair fencer required better back braces for competing in 2016 Paralympics for which she approached Baltic3D and Stratasys. With data printed on WiDE software and Nylon 12 3D printing material used, the brace was finally printed on Stratasys Fortus 450mc Production 3D Printer which provided easy movement and sweating relief during exertion.

  •  The Hybrid Prosthetics that let you Swim

    Shawn Jones, who received Shapeways Education Grant 2016 has revealed a 3D Printed Prototype of Prosthetic that will allow not just walking or running, but also swimming. Working with Operation Blue Pride (OBP), a non-profit organization, he will use the $1,000 grant to launch the device and help veterans who lost their limb to swim.

  • 3D Printed Organs vs The Black Market

    3D Bioprinting is being used in laboratories to produce hearts, livers, kidneys, etc. and no doubt, will be printed in reality for organ transplantation in real patients. But this on the other side, has increased the risk of black market and the ways bad guys will be utilizing these 3D Printed Organs. Since these organs will be available for normal people easily, criminals will find ways to make it not so.

  • Arfona and Valplast introduce Denture Printing

    Dental materials manufacturer Valplast International Corp and Arfona, a 3D Printing startup have together introduced a new 3D Printer called r.Pod Desktop 3D Printer which can print flexible metal-free partial dentures. The printer supports dual extruders for printing multicolor parts, can handle ABS, PLA, NinjaFlex and taulman3D filaments and is set for retail at $4,999.

  • Hear and Say Campaign seeks Crowdfunding after no support from Australian Govt

    Australian researchers from Queensland University of Technology and Brisbane-based Hear and Say Centre are working on FutureHear Project which aims to create 3D printed prosthetic ears for children suffering from microtia, a condition with underdeveloped/missing ears. After failing to receive any help from government, they have now headed to Pozible Crowdfunding campaign for raising around $200,000.

  • 3D Printing proves Roller Coaster Rides can make Kidney Stones pass

    Anecdotal evidence had suggested that high-impact activities, such as roller coaster riding or bungee jumping, could result in spontaneous passage of kidney stones, however 3D printing has now been used to validate the efficacy of a trip to Magic Mountain next time you suffer from kidney stones.  A study was conducted at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine where Dr. David D. Wartinger performed research on whether roller coaster rides can actually facilitate kidney stone passage. A 3D replica of a patient’s kidney was printed in clear silicone material and then was monitored with ureteroscopy during a roller coaster ride. The results verified that roller coaster rides can assist kidney stone passage.

  •  Plum Alley Investment grants funds to Epibone

    Dr. Nina Tandon, CEO of Epibne has started bioprinting human bones using CT scan and 3D model of it, which is then CNC milled with animal bone, following which, fat cells from patient are integrated with CNC milled animal bone. Plum Alley Investments, a private membership started by Deborah Jackson and Andrea Turner Moffit to support promising female entrepreneurs and gender-diverse teams, has announced funds of $560,000 to Epibone to support this 3D Printing initiative which will reduce the need for multiple surgeries.

  • Osteopore International acquires 2016s Entrepreneurial Company of Year Award

    This year’s 3D Scaffolds Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award in the Transformational Healthcare category have been grabbed by Singapore-based company at the Frost & Sullivan Singapore Excellence Awards. Osteopore International for their innovation in 3D Printed Scaffolding that deals with healing of tissue within the human body as well as regeneration. Set up in 1999, Osteopore has been pioneering methods of 3D Printing to provide range of innovations as well as customer satisfaction.

  • 4WEB publicizes First Surgeries performed with Posterior Spine Truss System

    The Texas-Based company, 4WEB Medical earlier received the FDA clearance for the four implant systems using patented truss technology and now, they have announced the first surgeries performed using Curved Posterior Spine Truss System (PSTS) for TLIF procedures in U.S. The key feature noted by the orthopedics using this implant is the truss structure that that strengthens and reinforces the capabilities of orthopedic implants.

  •  NASA ASME and Future Engineers call for Mars Medical Challenge

    The collaborative venture of NASA, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) and Future Engineers, an online education platform, has led to some 3d Printing Challenges recently, and now they have come up with the Mars Medical Challenge. Aiming directly towards future Mars mission, this challenge asks participants to create a digital 3D model of a medical or dental item that an astronaut could use on a three-year mission to Mars.

  • Vascular stent crop

    Two professors at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering, Guillermo Ameer and Cheng Sun, have developed a method of 3D printing patient-specific vascular stents that are both flexible and biodegradable. These 3D printed stents can be pre-loaded with drugs that are released at site of implant, shortening the healing process in the walls of blood vessels. Meanwhile the unique polymer material allows the stent to exercise its mechanical function during the vessel’s initial dilation but slowly dissolve as the re-opened blood vessel recovers.

  • Winners of WithinReach by MatterHackers announced

    The contest WithinReach, started on July 11th and ended on Sepember 6th was held by MatterHackers was held by MatterHackers inviting designers of all ages to participate in the event and create a 3D Printable tool to assist individuals with limited use of their hands. The event saw 203 entries out of which 6 winners were selected. The grand prize went to two students, Nima Yahyaabady (grade 7) and Aidan Mansell (grade 9) for NailIt.

  • Students pioneer Scaffold Free Bioprinting with Hacked Ultimaker

    Students at Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich and the Technical University of Munich formed up a team called Team BiotINK and have discovered a way of 3d printing without going through scaffold formation. Using ultimaker 2+ 3d printer and biotink with streptavidin, the 3d printing can now be done without scaffolds and hence reducing the cost of 3d printing.

  • Coronary Microvasculature 300x300 2

    One roadblock to 3D printing complete, functional organs lies in our inability to ensure the engineered tissue will be well nourished with an accessible blood supply.  Presently we have seen attempts at recreating arteries and veins, but successfully ensuring blood flow deep into tissue to the level of the capillary beds has proven elusive. A group of bioengineers and clinicians have pioneered a technique allowing them to print a fibrin patch containing organized endothelial cells, the cellular linining of blood vessels. Not only did the printed patch enhance blood vessel formation, but the engineered vascular tissue actually integrated with the host's own vasculature, improving tissue perfusion of damaged tissues. This research provides a novel technique that may permit printing of larger blocks of tissue and even organs.

  • 3D Printed Medical Marijuana Inhaler by Syqe

    Syqe Medical, an Israeli drug delivery company has introduced a 3D Printed Medical Marijuana Inhaler which can deliver metered doses of cannabis or weed, thereby providing a controlled treatment. The inhaler will be free of smoke or other carcinogenic materials, and is expected to be distributed by Teva Pharmaceuticals, once the FDA approval is gained next year.

  •  Live Surgery for Cancer with 3D Printing Technology gets viewed by International Live Broadcast

    Patient Robert Begent was treated with Kidney Transplant last year at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital in London by Professor Prokar Das Gupta, a consultant urological surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas. The surgery was aided by 3D Printing Technology in form of 3D Printed model. And this live surgery was recorded, which was shown at Worldwide Robotic Surgery 24-hour event by Worldwide Robotic Surgery Education (WRSE) recently.

  •  3D Printing Center of Excellence opens up at Childrens Hospital with Stratasys Partnership

    SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri is named a “Best Children’s Hospital” by US News and World Report and is now receiving 3D Printing Center of Excellence with brand new Stratasys J750 multi-color multi-material 3D Printers. The center will serve as a space to facilitate innovation in multiple 3D printing-related medical areas, including pre-surgical preparation, medical research and patient treatment.

  •  Researchers develop new 3D Bioprinter that provides new treatment for Type 1 Diabetes

    Researchers at the University of Wollongong have developed a new 3D bioprinter called the Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplantation (PICT) 3D Printer which can provide a newer treatment to patients of sever Type 1 Diabetes. The Bioprinter, developed by ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) and ANFF Materials, is capable of delivering insulin-producing islet cells from a protective bioink into a 3D printed scaffold that can be transplanted and prevent rejection risks.

  •  Tomsk Research Institute of Cardiology to 3D Print Childrens Hearts Models for Surgeries

    Cardiologists from Tomsk Research Institute of Cardiology have been using 3D Printing Technology to create heart models for patients using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Now they have approached towards more complex, children’s hearts which can help surgeon pre-plan and pre-work forthcoming operations, knowing the defects and risks that can occur with real heart of children.

  •  3D Near Field Electrospinning Method can create Scaffolds for Living Tissue Penn State

    A team of researchers from Penn State University, with the support from National Institutes of Health (NIH), have developed a method called 3D near-field electrospinning, or 3DNFES that combines 3D printing and electrospinning, which uses an electric charge to spin nanometer threads from a polymer solution or melt. This new method can be used to place single micrometer-scale fibers, on several different substrates, in a predefined spatial organization, and therefore create framework scaffolds for living tissue.

  •  IV Lab uses Carbons 3D Printing Technology to boost development of Tuberculosis Diagnostic Device

    Global Good and IV Lab scientists were developing an accurate diagnostic method for Tuberculosis that costs less to manufacture, is easy to use, and works more quickly than traditional diagnostic methods. However, they were troubled with failures and delays, for which they looked towards Carbon and its DLS-powered M Series 3D printer which helped IV Lab to speed up the Product Development Cycle and successfully field test over 1,000 3D Printed TB diagnostic tests.

  •  ActivArmor and Aniwaa receive funding for developing 3D Printing Industry

    ActivArmor, a Colorado-based company recently received Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant of $750,000 to develop 3D Printed Waterproof Casts that will prevent water or bacteria from invading the casts. On the other hand, 3D printer comparison website Aniwaa was selected as one of three startups to receive investment funding under the $5 million Smart Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (SADIF). The CEO and Co-founder Martin Lansard believes the funding will help them grow the 3D Printing Industry.

  •  Kickstarter Campaign for Smartphone Powered 3D Printer raises 160k

    T3D, a spin-off from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST, unveiled their smartphone-powered 3D Printer at Inside 3D Printing Shanghai 2015. The Kickstarter campaign was set up since 2012 and it finally managed to raise $160,093 this September for their resin-based 3D Printing. The smartphone 3D printer can cure a 100 micron layer in 15 seconds; it features Bluetooth connectivity and uses a patented UV-curable resin.

  •  South Korean Surgeons develop 3D Printed Guides for removing Cancer Rebuilding Jawbone at same time

    A team of researchers at Samsung Medical Center announced that they have a successful method for using 3D printing to rebuild the jawbones of oral cancer patients. Led by Professor Baek Chung-hwan of the department of otolaryngology, the medical team created a 3D printed surgical guide that allows them to rebuild areas of the jaw as well as eliminating areas that are ridden with cancer. The team was able to perform surgery and reconstruction all at once, using the new bone made from the patient’s leg bone, fibula.

  •  Aether and UniSA to use 3D Bioprinting for Contraception under Gates Foundation Project

    San Francisco-based Aether has announced a project collaboration with UniSA to pursue a 3D bioprinting research breakthrough in contraception using their own Aether 1 3D Bioprinter and the project is being funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of the project is to develop an in vitro oviduct model, which will replicate the “spermatozoa capacitation process” in order to screen natural products and novel drugs which will target this process in the oviduct, resulting in a brand new contraceptive paradigm.

  •  Researchers in India develop 3D Printing Software to create Prosthetic Ear in just one week

    A team from the College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP) in India has developed unique software, which helped them make a 3D printed ear in just one week for 32-year-old patient from Kondhwa. The newly developed software is called Osto3D, and reduces the fabrication time greatly. The successful auricular prosthesis surgery was performed last month, when doctors from the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) attached the artificial ear.

  •  Researchers develop Diagnostic Tool better than ELISA using Inkjet 3D Printing

    Researchers at Duke University have used 3D inkjet printing to create a diagnostic tool that has the potential to be better than ELISA, the diagnostic test for a variety of diseases like HIV AIDS. The 3D printed biomedical tool, called D4 Assay, can be used in point-of-care settings to screen patients, has high accuracy and can reduce the time of diagnosing from days to 15 minutes. It is a self-contained test in the vein of a lab-on-a-chip that can detect low levels of antigens from a single drop of blood. The scientists used inkjet technology to print an array of antibodies onto a glass slide with a nonstick polymer coating.

  •  3D Printed Cancer Cells may help Researchers develop Effective Treatment for Breast Cancer

    A team of scientists in New Zealand are 3D Printing Tumor cells using real cells and then using them to develop new treatment plans for Breast Cancer. Dr. Elisabeth Phillips and Khoon Lim, also of the University of Otago, came up with the 3D printing idea and obtained funding to research breast cancer through bioprinted tumors. The team believes it is first of its kind in New Zealand following 3D printing of brain tumor cells in Scotland.

  •  Students from Paris High School form Give Me Five Charity to distribute Free Prosthetic Hands

    Joni Inman and Anna Claire Richey, two high school students from Paris High School have formed a charity called Give Me Five with partnership with a software company to distribute 3D printed prosthetics. Their first 3D Printed Prosthetic, which took 28 hours to print and 7 hours to assemble, is awaiting approval from their software company. Although the medical prosthetic hand can cost around $11,000, the Give Me Five prosthetics will cost only $75 and will be distributed around for free to those who cannot afford it.

  •  3D Printed Lens provides Treatment for Seizures due to Extreme Light

    Logan Williams, a student at the University of Canterbury, has developed a 3D Printed Polarized Lens called the Polar Optics that help fight against Epileptic Seizures caused by Photosensitivity. The lens combat the effects of flashing lights through refraction of light entering the wearer’s eyes and therefore reducing the intensity of light to reduce the damage done.

  •  Superhero Prosthetics customized specially for Children of Colombia

    A Colombian company called Fabrilab founded by engineer Christian Silva in 2015 has started manufacturing Unique Prostheses for children amputees who cannot afford them. These personalized prosthetics mimic the attributes of their favorite superheroes and cost around $250-$500 each and some functionality to boot, with an ability to grasp ordinary objects.

  •  3D Printing in the field of Occupational Therapy

    At University of Indianapolis, Dr. Erin Peterson, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy is working on determining the best use of 3D Printing technology in field of Occupational Therapy Education for both master’s and doctoral students. After receiving the MakerGear M3 desktop 3D Printer and Scanner, they started 3D Printing innovative designs for assistive devices and custom anatomical models, as well as using Customized 3D Printed Pill Boxes to improve daily medication routines.

  •  Bioengineering Students explores the world of 3D Printing

    Victoria Sear, a graduate student from University of Michigan- Dearborn was introduced with 3D Printing Technology during an internship with SME and variety of things 3D Printing could offer. As a Bioengineering student, she was fascinated to learn about 3D Printed Prosthetics as replacement limbs, 3D Printed Heart models that were used to help prepare medical teams for surgical interventions, and a wide variety of medical devices that could be custom fabricated for patient-specific needs.

  •  MSF Hospital utilizes 3D Printed Prosthetics in Reconstructive Surgeries

    Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known in English as Doctors Without Borders, a foundation that reached out to 3D Printing Technology for its hospital to treat war-wounded Iraqis without access to health care. As the reach extended, the MSF Foundation started providing 3D Printed Prosthetics to Syria, Palestine and Libya through the hospital’s reconstructive surgery program. These prosthetics are faster and cheaper to produce using desktop Ultimaker 3D Printer.

  •  The Possibilities are Endless with 3D Printing Duke University

    Duke University School of Medicine is making every possible use of 3D Printing they can in their medical efforts. From creating a 3D Printed Model of Hip at campus Co-Lab Studio through MRI and CT scans to aid in surgery for Chronic Limp in young woman; to enhancing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, a procedure for Aortic valve stenosis via a 3D Printed Model of flexible anatomy of aorta by Dr. Alice Wang at Duke University.

  •  3D Printed Blood Brain Barrier to eliminate need of Animal Testing

    Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) is a semi-permeable that protects brain from direct contact with damaging entities in body. Until now, animals have been used to test drugs that cross BBB, but now researchers are capable of reproducing the microcapillaries of neurovascular system on 1:1 scale using 3D Printing technology. Carried out by Gianni Ciofani, Associate Professor at Polytechnic University of Torino, the mimicked BBB is important for developing pharmaceuticals that can cross boundary as there currently exist drug compounds that demonstrate great potential for addressing brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS.

  •  Functional Kidney With Vasculature Almost Close for Wyss Researchers

    A team of researchers in tissue engineering, 3D biofabrication, biomaterials design and stem cell differentiation at Harvard’s Wyss Institute is working on 3D Printing a Functioning Kidney Subunit with current work to build branched vascular network unique to each organ. Using advanced 3D Bioprinting from Wyss Institute, Dr. Jennifer Lewis’s organ-on-chips are ready, using special polymer inks for creation of structures made up of human cells, complete with vasculatures and extracellular matrices.

  •  FDA Guidance and RD Tax Credits for 3D Printing Companies

    Before 3D Printing Medical Devices can be used for clinical applications, they must first get approval from FDA. On December 4, 2017, the FDA issued a guidance to help speed up the approval process for companies seeking the approval. Additionally, there were Research and Development tax credits that a company can seek to offset 4-7% of the cost associated with testing, process improvement, and production. To receive the research and development benefits, the company must meet the four eligibility criteria set up.

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