drvarun sqMedical 3D Printing & Bioprinting

Dr Varun Tyagi is a medical doctor who practices in India and writes about remarkable and historical landmarks throughout the medical world.  Dr Varun believes that 3D printing can help democratize medical care, making medical devices affordable and available to everyone on the planet.

Researchers Suggest 3D Printing For Rhinoplasty Better Than Traditional Methods

Researchers Suggest 3D Printing For Rhinoplasty Better Than Traditional Methods

Researchers at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) are working on improving the Rhinoplasty, a surgery of nose resconstruction, with the help of 3D Printing. Using the facial editing software to plan the surgery, and then converiting it to files for modeling and 3D Printing, followed by filling of hydrogel with patient’s cells and injecting into 3D Printed nasal implant. This whole process offers advantages such as shorter, comfortable and streamlined procedure with much accuracy in hand.

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3DHeals Event Explores Possibilities

3DHeals Event Explores Possibilities

3DHEALS is an organization, founded by CEO Jenny Chen, aims at building a global platform for people to learn and collaborate on healthcare 3D printing and bioprinting, and related technologies through events around the globe. The event involved local speakers like Adam Jakus, Co-founder of Dimension Inx, Steven Morris, CEO of BIOLIFE4D, Stephen Anderson from Renishaw and Alejandro Espinoza from Rush; who gave 10 minute summaries of their work for an audience of additive manufacturing professionals in Chicago.

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Stratasys First J750 3D Printer Shines At Argentina’s University

Stratasys First J750 3D Printer Shines At Argentinas University

Argentina’s 3D Printing Community recently received first Stratasys J750 in December 2018 at the Technological Institute of Buenos Aires (ITBA) University, of which 8 3D Printers can be accessed by students and faculty any day of week in facility. The Stratasys J750 PolyJet 3D printer is designed to carry out surgical simulations, medical preparations, surgical guides and development of final products for industrial use. The university also aims to direct their innovative student’s minds towards building prototypes for some of the famous companies like Techint.

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Randomized Trial By Chinese Researchers Prove Potential Of 3D Printed Models In Orthopedics Management

Randomized Trial By Chinese Researchers Prove Potential Of 3D Printed Models In Orthopedics Management

A research conducted at The Second Affiliated Hospital and Yuying Children’s Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University in Zhejiang, China, provides insights to the use of 3D Printing in medical field. 48 patients suffering from distal radius fractures (one of the most common type of upper body injuries) participated in the study, with a 3D model made of each break using CT scans and Mimics software before being 3D Printed in PLA. The research concluded the advantage with more accurate diagnosis and surgery, faster procedure time, less blood loss in patients, and frequency of intraoperative fluoroscopy.

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Astrophysics Combined With 3D Printing Yields Ultimate 3D Print Models

Astrophysics Combined With 3D Printing Yields Ultimate 3D Print Models

UK researchers, I. Brewis and J.A. McLaughlin, at Northumbria University unveiled their new research that combines astrophysics with 3D Imaging and Printing in cardiovascular health care. Using the astrophysics in creating new image-processing techniques for viewing the human heart, transferring the data to an .stl file and then 3D printing a medical model, they finally produced a precise 3D model of a patient’s heart with Aortic Aneurysm using Netfabb and SLA 3D Printer.

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Startup Kijenzi Paves New Path For 3D Printing And Health In Kenya

Startup Kijenzi Paves New Path For 3D Printing And Health In Kenya

Kijenzi, a tech startup with co-founders John K. Gershenson, Benjamin Savonen and students, was born out of Penn State Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship program (HESE), and their recent objective was to provide 3D printers to clinics in more distant areas of Kenya. To further the cause, they worked on CAD files that can be accessed by the medical teams at Kenyan clinics to fabricate their own 3d printed equipments. Their new system of 3D Printing and Medical Supply Chain has won them the second place in IdeaMakers Challenge also.

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4D Bioprinting Can Have Miraculous Potential In Regenerative Medicine

4D Bioprinting Can Have Miraculous Potential In Regenerative Medicine

A group of Portugese Researchers are working towards 4D Bioprinting in Regenerative medicine and ultimately pave the path for bioprinting human tissues for medical uses. With 3D Printing enhanced with 4th dimension, the researchers point out the potential to have greater control over size, shape and interconnectivity. Through 4D Bioprinting, researchers will be able to morph bioinks into viable cells and tissues without the boundaries of nature, however, this is yet to be explored in terms of temperature, peripheral chemicals, stress and UV light exposure, and ofcourse, the nature itself.

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Aspect Biosystems Collaborate With Maastricht University For 3D Printed Kidney Tissue

Aspect Biosystems Collaborate With Maastricht University For 3D Printed Kidney Tissue

The Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine (MERLN) at Maastricht University, Netherlands, have announced their partnership with Aspect Biosystems, a tissue engineering and 3D bioprinting company. Through this collaboration, RX1 Bioprinting Platform by Aspect will be placed inside Professor Lorenzo Moroni’s Lab at the university, which then will be used by Dr. Carlos Mota to work towards 3D Printed Kidney Tissue. There, Dr. Carlos Mota, the head of bioprinting research, will put it to good use developing 3D bioprinted kidney tissue.

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Spanish Hospital Acquires Stratasys FDM Technology For Complex Surgeries

Spanish Hospital Acquires Stratasys FDM Technology For Complex Surgeries

Biodonostia Health Research Institute, a medical research institute in Basque, Spain, recently partnered with Tecnun, a specialist division of the Universidad de Navarra, and Tknika, a regional Research and Applied Innovation Center for Vocational Education and training, in order to help its surgeons harness FDM 3D printing technology from Stratasys to help in surgical preparation and planning. With the help from partnership, the surgical teams can receive highly accurate 3D printed medical models, made with Stratasys’ FDM technology, within 24 hours which can help patient care by reducing the amount of time patients spend in surgery, especially surgeries for complex thoracic wall tumors.

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Bioprinting Company Allevi Releases Their Own Bioprint Ink Coaxial Extrsion Kit

Bioprinting Company Allevi Releases Their Own Bioprint Ink Coaxial Extrsion Kit

Allevi, a Bioprinter Company launched in 2014 has been famous for bioprinters such as Allevi One to Allevi 6, but they are also selling the Ink Kits usable with their printers, aiming at binding customers, getting revenue and building stronger relationship with their customers. After the FRESH Kit, they have launched Coaxial Extrusion Kit, which can create perfusable microchannels with hydrogels and cast endothelial microchannels, thus extending their use in all sorts of tissue types from Cartilage, Skeletal muscle, hearts and tumors.

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13 Month Old With No Trachea Gets Life From 3D Printing

4D Bioprinting Can Have Miraculous Potential In Regenerative Medicine

Ramiah Martin, Susquehanna Valley, PA, was born with a rare medical condition called the Tracheal Agenesis, which left her without trachea and improperly formed esophagus. The doctors at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital used 3D Printing Technology to create a 3D Print Model of her esophageal passage and plan the surgeries ahead of time when she was 4 months old. Although she may require further interventions in future, the kid has been discharged with ventilator support at age of 13 months.

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Surgeons At VA Hospital Channeling 3D Printing To Create the Ideal Mandibular Implant

Surgeons At VA Hospital Channeling 3D Printing To Create the Ideal Mandibular Implant

Two Maxillofacial Surgeons, Clossman and Houlton from VA Puget Sound Health Care Center, with help from radiologists using CT scans, created exact replicas of three patients’ mandibles, using the hospital’s Stratasys 3D printer. These models allowed the surgeons to compare standard mandibular implants to the 3D printed replicas, adjusting the size and shape as needed. The 3D printed custom mandible models was made in 2hours with OR time estimated at about $80 a minute, avoiding anesthesia workup and surgery planning.

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Two Indian Companies Lead 3D Printing Towards Medical Miracles

Two Indian Companies Lead 3D Printing Towards Medical Miracles

Anatomiz3D Medtech Private Limited, a Mumbai-based medical 3D printing company has announced its partnership with another Indian company, Incredible AM, a part of of Industrial Metal Powders Pvt Ltd in Pune, works with both the medical and engineering industries by providing metal 3D printing services. With the joint venture, the two companies aim to provide 3D Printing designs and plastic 3D printing skills while aiding surgical practices by simplifying and customizing operative planning and procedures in order to improve patient recovery quality, and to developing patient-specific tissue engineering solutions to help lower the need for organ donors in the future.

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Tumor Analysis Platform, A Unique Device By 3D Printing For Customized Cancer Treatment

Tumor Analysis Platform A Unique Device By 3D Printing For Customized Cancer Treatment

Researchers from MIT and Draper University have developed a 3D Printed Microfluidic Device called Tumor Analysis Platform or TAP that simulates cancer treatments on biopsied cancerous tissue. 3D Printable in about an hour, the Chip device uses the biopsied tumor fragments placement in a chamber connected to a network of deliver fluids to the tissue and contains a new type of biocompatible resin, Pro3dure GR-10 Resin, that can support the long-term survival of biopsied tissue. The TAP is cheap and easy to fabricate and adaptable for clinical use.

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Hot-Melt Extrusion Combined With FDM For Drug Delivery Systems

Hot Melt Extrusion Combined With FDM For Drug Delivery Systems

A group of researchers from the University of Sussex are working towards Drug Delivery Systems by combining FDM technology with Hot-Melt Extrusion (HME) which involves blending of Active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) with a thermoplastic polymer, and extrusion as filaments. Through pairing of HME with FDM technology, the researchers can help increase the range of usable FDM polymers and improve the usability of FDM 3D printers across many industries. HME, which does not require the use of a solvent, can be used to make drugs with a less bitter taste, while also lowering production times and increasing process efficiency.

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Magnet-Plastic Heart Through 3D Printed Artificial Heart Pumps Like Real Heart

Magnet Plastic Heart Through 3D Printed Artificial Heart Pumps Like Real Heart

Kai von Petersdorff-Campen, a doctoral student in the mechanical and process engineering department at ETH Zurich, revealed his prototype of Magnet-Plastic Heart made through 3D Printing which took him 15 hears. The method, so called embedded magnet printing, involved 3D printing the magnets directly in the plasti and making processing them into filament strands, before they are 3D printed using FDM technology. The prototype of 3D printed heart pump was able to successfully pump 2.5 liters per minute with 1,000 rotations, but still needs to meet the required standards.

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PLA And PCL Composites Have Better Compliance For 3D Printed Stents

PLA And PCL Composites Have Better Compliance For 3D Printed Stents

To meet the requirements of a perfect stent like induction of rapid endothelialization to restore the functions of vascular tissue and compliance with medical requirements, particularly the flexibility required to facilitate placement, researchers approached 3D Printing these Stents with PLA and PCL composites. Using Tubular 3D Printer, they 3D Printed the stents which were then seeded with cells and left for three days, and then tests were performed to assess the morphological features, cell proliferation, cell adhesion, degradation rate and radial behavior. Both PCL and PLA showed themselves to be biocompatible, and the composite stents showed the most promise, with medium levels of degradation rates and mechanical modulus.

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3D Printed Bioprinted Lungs Through Collaboration Of CollPlant and United Therapeutics Corporation

3D Printed Bioprinted Lungs Through Collaboration Of CollPlant and United Therapeutics Corporation

CollPlant and United Therapeutics Corporation have recently announced their licensing, development, and commercialization agreement for 3D Bioprinted Lung Transplants. Combining United Therapeutics’ organ manufacturing and regenerative medicine capabilities through Lung Biotechnology PBC with CollPlant’s BioInk and proprietary recombinant human collagen (rhCollagen) technology, CollPlant will receive an initial upfront payment of $5 million to kick start the project.

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Formlabs Technology Used to Make 3D Printed Anatomic Models of Young Patient’s Palate and Nasal Cavity

Formlabs Technology Used to Make 3D Printed Anatomic Models of Young Patients Palate and Nasal Cavity

7-year-old, Isaiah Onassis Goberdhan was diagnosed with an aggressive tumor in his palate and nasal cavity that caused him breathing difficulties. Using Formlabs Technology, Neha A. Patel, MD, a Northwell pediatric otolaryngologist at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, was able to plan the surgery with 3D Printed anatomical model of Goberdhan using CT and MRI scans. Onassis Goberdhan has now successfully recovered without complications after the surgery planned with 3D Printing.

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Plastic Weed Containers Get Recycled Into 3D Printed Prosthetics For Children

Plastic Weed Containers Get Recycled Into 3D Printed Prosthetics For Children

Halifax resident Jacob Boudreau, who works for a logistics company, was inspired to open his own non-profit e-NABLE chapter, called Kindness3D. After legalization of marijuana in Canada, he stood for the waste management by recycling plastic waste from what he refers to as the “excessive cannabis packaging conundrum” of the NSLC (Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation), the province’s legal cannabis distributor. Using Kindness3D modified a paper shredder at Boudreau’s Dalhousie University Sexton Campus operation, recycled plastic was converted into 3D Printed Prosthetics for children. Additionally, he started a petition in hopes of convincing the NSLC to collect and donate all of its used cannabis packaging to Kindness3D.

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/cannabis-packaging-3d-printer-prosthetic-limbs-1.4878440

3D Printed Phantoms That Can Help Better Understand Cancer Treatment

3D Printed Phantoms That Can Help Better Understand Cancer Treatment

Researchers’ team from Louisiana State University led by Wayne Newhauser, director of the medical physics program at LSU, is working towards creating better Phantoms—models used as patient dummies when figuring out treatments and dosages. Using these dummies, the research team plans to carry out multiple trials of treatment for Cancer using Radiation therapy to kill neoplastic cancer cells in human bodies. These 3D Printed Phantoms are relatively cheaper method and quicker means to accessing information against Cancer.

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Egyptian Project Nitrous Working For People With Disabilities

Egyptian Project Nitrous Working For People With Disabilities

Giza Systems recognized the project called Project Nitrous inspired by the work of Mohamed El-Hossary and Ahmed Mohsen, whose aim was to support and boost the work being done for people with disabilities (PwDs). Project Nitrous is extending its work into four main tracks: Creating assistive devices, Giving people with disabilities the technical knowledge to design their own tools, Creating a startup extension of the project run by people with disabilities and Providing a blueprint for others who want to start similar businesses and creating an open-source community where designs and tools are accessible to all. Project Nitrous was officially born in February 2018, and has helped 23 people so far, with 18 additional projects currently in progress.

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Neuronal Interface With Anti-Inflammatory Ability Gets 3D Printed Using Aerosol Jet Technology

Neuronal Interface With Anti Inflammatory Ability Gets 3D Printed Using Aerosol Jet Technology

A team of researchers from China and Taiwan used Aerosol Jet 3D printing to develop a neuronal interface for implants with prolonged anti-inflammatory ability, structural and mechanical properties that mimicked brain tissue, and a sustained nonfouling property in order to inhibit tissue encapsulation. The team developed a new type of anti-inflammatory nanogel, based on the amphiphilic polydimethylsiloxane-modified N, O-carboxylic chitosan (PMSC) incorporated with oligo-proanthocyanidin (OPC), called OPMSC which was directly fabricated onto a membrane using aerosol jet printing technology.

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Researchers Create Intravenous Transfusion Valve Compatible For Humans Using 3D Printing

Researchers Create Intravenous Transfusion Valve Compatible For Humans Using 3D Printing

A group of researchers from Alfred State College, one of eight Colleges of Technology within the State University of New York (SUNY) system used 3D printing and SOLIDWORKS modeling to develop a novel, imprinted micro check valve for Intravenous Transfusions. Using a Form 2 3D Printer, they were able to print the parts modeled at SOLIDWORKS, which included Ball, Valve Inlet and Perforated Ring Outlet which was then coated with thin layer of parylene for safety in humans. The tests showed that the check valve design allowed for zero backward flow while also allowing flow through the device in the proper direction at a rate of 98.6 μl/sec

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Laser Peening A Viable Way To Make 3D Printed Ti6Al4V Implants Make Wear Resistant

Laser Peening A Viable Way To Make 3D Printed Ti6Al4V Implants Make Wear Resistant

A group of researchers from Jiangsu University tested Laser Peening (LP), a laser surface modification technology, to increase the wear resistance of most common titanium alloy for implants, the Ti6Al4V alloy. Cut samples of alloy of 40 x 20 x 4 mm rectangular shapes, with 4 mm thickness were treated with Laser Peening and then tested for surface roughness and micro-hardness at Nanjing University of Aerospace and Astronautics in China. The promising results concluded 25.7% increased wear resistance in LP-Treated Ti6Al4V samples compared too untreated ones.

Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0030399217319230

Programmed Object’s Firmness Mixed With SLA And 3D Printing For Tissue Bioprinting

Programmed Objects Firmness Mixed With SLA And 3D Printing For Tissue Bioprinting

Researchers from University of Colorado Boulder have developed a 3D printing technique with SLA that allows for localized control of an object’s firmness, which can potentially pave way for tissue 3D printing technique. The layer-by-layer printing method with fine-grain and programmable control over rigidity allows the researchers to mimic the complex geometry of highly structured yet pliable blood vessels. The 3D printer used by the researchers is capable of printing biomaterials as small as 10 microns, or one-tenth the width of a human hair.

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Duke University Football Team Star Returns To Field With Aid From 3D Printed Brace

Duke University Football Team Star Returns To Field With Aid From 3D Printed Brace

Duke University Football Team’s star quarterback, Daniel Jones, fractured his clavicle on September 8th, when Clark Bulleit and Kevin Gehsmann, seniors of team started working on Custom-Fit 3D Printed Wrist Brace for Jones, finally creating nine prototypes altogether, using a basic 3D printer before turning to a PolyJet printer for the final product. The 3D Printed Brace prevents damage to the initial fracture point and helped Jones return to the field.

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Research Reveals Hurdles For 3D Printed Pharmaceuticals

Research Reveals Hurdles For 3D Printed Pharmaceuticals

A Research paper was recently published by Preethy Ani Jose, with the Oxford College of Pharmacy, and Peter Christopher GV, from pharmaceutical company Strides Shasun Limited in Bangalore, concerning the challenges faced by Pharmaceuticals when being introduced with 3D Printing. The paper presents regulatory agencies expectations, limitations, problems in establishing such setups for production of drug products, etc. The research paper also discusses how 3D Printing faces challeneges such as proper testing of Design and Manufacturing Process Considerations, validating the 3D printing process and software to determine the level of accuracy, and documentation in order to confirm that any products conform to existing guidelines.

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Surgery For Scoliosis Gets Even Better

Surgery For Scoliosis Gets Even Better

The PAMIS project aims at improving scoliosis surgery through the development of 3D Printing Technology. Using 3D scans of the patient’s spine, patient specific implants can be 3D printed, using lightweight, biocompatible materials and used for Scoliosis surgery. CITD, a Spanish engineering company, has taken over PAMIS Project with plans to further revolutionize the technology with their expertise in additive manufacturing for healthcare.

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3D Printed Orthotics Gets Streamlined Digital Workflow By CYBER Team Through FDM and Topology Optimization

3D Printed Orthotics Gets Streamlined Digital Workflow By CYBER Team Through FDM and Topology Optimization

The CYBER Team, or Cyber-Physical Design and Additive Manufacturing of Custom Orthoses, is funded by America Makes, the national accelerator for 3D printing and additive manufacturing based in Youngstown, Ohio, and was formed in 2016 by Stratasys, the University of Michigan, and Altair Engineering, aiming at Orthotic needs for Veterans. The CYBER Team is working on project, with a total budget of $2 million to combine cloud-based designs and Stratasys’ FDM technology to reduce orthotic outpatient visits from three to one by developing 3D printing-specific functionality, built on optimization software package Altair OptiStruct and OptiStruct for digitalization.

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3D Printing Paves Way For 72 Year Old Life

3D Printing Paves Way For 72 Year Old Life

A 72-year-old woman with sciatica and complex L5–S1 pseudoarthrosis 12 months after L2–S1 fixation surgery for symptomatic degenerative scoliosis required surgery to fix the complications, for which a surgical team approached her with 3D Printing. CT data from patient scans was used to develop models of the bony lumbosacral spine for pre-operative planning along with a patient-specific 3D printed titanium lumbrosacral fixation implant. 3D printing was also used to create a stereotactic drill guide. The sixth-month follow up showed promising results as explained by the team of Australian researchers.

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Student Develops Wound Repair Scaffold Under A Thesis

Student Develops Wound Repair Scaffold Under A Thesis

Politecnico di Torino student, Viola Sgarminato in his thesis, used a combination of electrospinning and 3D printing with an EnvisionTEC 3D-Bioplotter to develop scaffolds that would promote healing by electrically stimulating skin cells. These wound repairing and dressing scaffolds were then seeded with cells, which were then evaluated 24 and 72 hours later. The composite wound dressings were also examined using a scanning electron microscope to verify the adhesion of the fibers to the scaffold, and good results were shown: even if subjected to mechanical stretching, the fibers remained attached to the substrate.

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Students Design Wearable Health Monitoring Device Powered By Body Heat

Students Design Wearable Health Monitoring Device Powered By Body Heat

A group of students from Santa Clara University have developed a partially 3D printed wristband prototype that uses body heat, ambient air and heat sinks to create a temperature difference across thermoelectric modules, which generates extremely low voltage electrical power required to run the device itself. The device consists of four subsystems: power generation, voltage boost, battery charging and wearability and the device was 3D Printed using Formalabs Form 2 3D printer.

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BioArchitect Continues To Harvest 3D Printing Technology

BioArchitect Continues To Harvest 3D Printing Technology

Local company BioArchitects was founded by young entrepreneur, Felipe Marques four years ago with investment in medical 3D Printing to harvest the technology. The company now uses metal 3D printing technology to create patient-specific, biocompatible implants that replace hard tissue and allows doctors to actually be able to see and manipulate a replica of what they will find when they operate. The BioArchitects also performs in field of medical training, simulated operations and prosthetics, with their titanium plate being first of its kind to be approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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3D Printed Anatomical Models Closer To Human Cadavers Says Research

3D Printed Anatomical Models Closer To Human Cadavers Says Research

A group of researchers from the Netherlands finished a validation study to test the accuracy of 3D printed anatomical models for surgical planning purposes which included dissecting nine human cadavers to acquire three specimens each of a pelvis, hand, and foot, and inserting Titanium Kirschner (K-) wires in them to mark important anatomical landmarks. Using a Siemens Somatom Definition AS 64-slice CT to scan the specimens, and then using Phillips Intellispace Portal software for 3D reconstructions, the models were 3D Printed using an Ultimaker 3 and a Makerbot Replicator Z18 using PLA material.

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3D Printed Surgical Guides Help Enhance Total Knee Replacement Surgeries

3D Printed Surgical Guides Help Enhance Total Knee Replacement Surgeries

Staff at Orthoparc in the Netherlands have developed a method of patient-centered total knee replacement through Surgical Guides that helps make the surgery less invasive, removing the need to drill into the femur canal as in traditional knee replacement surgery procedures and simultaneously increase the comfort of patient. These surgical guides are produced using data gathered about an individual patient’s knee and are fabricated in-house on a 3D printer. When placed upon the patient during surgery, they guide the surgeon to exactly where cuts need to be made in relationship to where the knee is resting.

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Anatomics Lead Ways Through Patient-Specific 3D Printed Spinal To Help People In Need

Anatomics Lead Ways Through Patient Specific 3D Printed Spinal To Help People In Need

Paul D’urso, MD, Anatomics Founder and a neurosurgeon at Epworth Healthcare, had reported 700 spinal fusion procedures at the recent 3DHEALS conference in San Francisco. They also developed Atlantoaxial transarticular screw fixation, an effective technique for arthrodesis and discussed how biomodelling and 3D printing are both useful tools for pre-surgical planning, developing titanium implants and patient-specific tools, and intraoperative stereotaxy – a minimally invasive surgical procedure which uses a 3D coordinate system to locate small targets inside the body and then perform an action, like an ablation, biopsy, injection, or implantation.

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India Harnesses 3D Printing As Two Children Receive 3D Printed Prosthetic Limbs

India Harnesses 3D Printing As Two Children Receive 3D Printed Prosthetic Limbs

India is progressing towards 3D Printing too and seeks to harvest the benefits of this technology. Recently, two children in Manipal, India received 3D printed prosthetic limbs from the brand new 3D Printing Facility called Hastha Centre for Congenital Hand Differences, at the Department of Orthopedics at Kasturba Hospital. The prosthetics made at the center can be customized to any level of amputation, whether above or below the elbow or for missing or shortened fingers.

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CT-Bone Implants By Next 21 Gets Approved In Japan And Europe

CT Bone Implants By Next 21 Gets Approved In Japan And Europe

Next 21 K.K., after receiving a commercialization approval in Japan and Europe, has announced formal approval for a new technology to 3D print synthetic bone grafts, called CT-Bone, which is a 3D printable, calcium phosphate implant that’s actually converted into real bone by the patient’s own body. After a CT-scan, Next21 K.K.’s biomedical team create a patient-specific implant (PSI), which can incorporate porosity and match the patient’s anatomy perfectly, which helps facilitate bony ingrowth and good bone-to-implant contact.

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Allevi and Made In Space Join Hands To Develop 3D Printing For Outer Space

Allevi and Made In Space Join Hands To Develop 3D Printing For Outer Space

3D Bioprinting company Allevi, formerly known as BioBots and California-based 3D printing and space technology firm Made In Space, have partnered to develop the Allevi ZeroG – the first 3D bioprinter in space launched at the recent ISS Conference in San Francisco, and also found the first two users of the new 3D bioprinting platform in Astronauts, Mark Vendei Hei and Randy Bresnik. Allevi also developed a compatible extruder, fittingly called the ZeroG bio-extruder, that is able to be outfitted onto Made In Space’s Additive Manufacturing Facility currently on board the ISS.

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