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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.

Innovative Students develop Prosthetics for War Veterans

 Innovative Students develop Prosthetics for War Veterans

Under the Capstone, a project developed by instructor Maciej G. Zborowski and Additive Manufacturing Program Manager Alethea V. Ganaway, students at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Cleveland, developed several prosthetics for War Veterans. Some of these included Garden Buddy for Gardening by Wiersma, Fisherman’s Gauntlet for fishing by Mark Lettieri and Easy Easel for reading by Tyler Tomazic.


Source: http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2017/11/cuyahoga_community_college_stu.html

Mimics inPrint Software by Materialise and Siemens rolls to Hospitals Worldwide

 Mimics inPrint Software by Materialise and Siemens rolls to Hospitals Worldwide

Materialise, a leading provider of 3D printing services and software solutions, and Siemens Healthineers, a leading medical technology company announced they are joining forces to bring Materialise Mimics inPrint software to hospitals around the world. The partnership, announced at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, makes Materialise Mimics inPrint software for printing anatomical models available to radiologists through the Siemens Healthineers syngo.via open app platform.


Source: http://www.materialise.com/en/designfor3DP

Researchers of UBC create future of Bioprinting Organs by Cheaper Bioink

 Researchers of UBC create future of Bioprinting Organs by Cheaper Bioink

Researchers at University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan have introduced a newer Bioink which is much cheaper and is being considered the future of 3D Bioprinting for scaffolds. The gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) based bioink was created for two types of hydrogels: Cold-water fish skin and Cold-soluble gelatin, out of which Cold-Soluble was selected as the best candidate.


Source: https://news.ok.ubc.ca/2017/09/12/better-cheaper-bio-ink-may-be-used-to-create-artificial-organs/

3D Printed Ear that helps learn Vertigo

 3D Printed Ear that helps learn Vertigo

An organization called Vestibular Today has developed a 3D printed model of the inner ear that has been 3D Printed from an actual MIR scan of an inner ear. The 3D model was created by the NIH 3D Print Exchange Program, which was launched in 2014, and was then refined, scaled, and 3D printed by 3D Brooklyn. Clinicians can purchase a 3D printed inner ear model for $70, or a larger plastic model for classroom applications for $45.


Source: http://www.vestibular.today/

Father receives DSM Somos 3D Printed Prosthetic Arm from his Son

 Father Son DSM Somos

Michael Fine lost his arm from the shoulder forward in a serious car accident and his obvious prosthetic was unable to give him a normal life. Jacob, his son and an intern at DSM Somos, one of the world’s leading stereolithography material manufacturers, produced a highly customized 3D Printed Prosthetic Arm for his father. Somos 9120 was used for its flexibility, water and temperature resistance, and ability to print finer details.


Source: https://www.dsm.com/content/dam/dsm/somos/en_US/documents/Application%20Stories/New%20Arm%20Provides%20New%20Hope.pdf

First Tantalum Knee Replacement Surgery completed at Chinese Hospital

 Tantalum Knee Replacement

The very first Knee Replacement Surgery using Tantalum, an alloy of Titanium was successfully completed at the first hospital affiliated to AMU. Under the supervision of Professor Yang Liu, head of surgical department, implant was produced using CAD, 3D Printing technology and Tantalum metal for the patient named Zhang Jingui.


Source: https://med.news.am/eng/news/16295/man-receives-knee-surgery-using-3d-technology.html

Researchers from UK move towards 3D Printing Live Bones by Nanokick Bioreactor

 Researchers from UK move towards 3D Printing Live Bones by Nanokick Bioreactor

Researchers at University of Glasgow, UK, have developed a method to create bone by 3D printing scaffolds, then coating them with nanolayers of stem cells and a growth factor known as BMP-2 and shaking them up in its Nanokick bioreactor. The University of Glasgow researchers have teamed up with other institutions like University of Strathclyde and the University of the West of Scotland (UW) to further enhance their work on the Nanokick bioreactor and the 3D printed bone research.


Source: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/lab-grown-bone-biomedical-engineering-osteoporosis-amputees

Materialise's 3D Printed Titanium Maxillofacial Implants Approved for US Market

 Materialises 3D Printed Titanium Maxillofacial Implants Approved for US Market

TRUMATCH, the maxillofacial implants by Materialise are one of the finest 3D Printed Implants of Titanium which have been used widely for orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, and facial reconstruction. They have marketed throughout Australia and Europe, sold by DePuy Synthes. This is the first time these 3D printed titanium maxillofacial implants have received clearance for use in the US market and will be available soon.


Source: https://www.fiercebiotech.com/medtech/depuy-synthes-rolls-out-3d-printed-facial-implants-from-materialise

3D Printed Biomaterial Sleeves that help fight off Infection Risk of Body Piercing

 3D Printed Biomaterial Sleeves that help fight off Infection Risk of Body Piercing

BioPierce Canada Ltd., a startup based in Canadian province Prince Edward Island (PEI) is developing a biodegradable sleeve using 3D Printing. The 3D printed medicated biomaterial sleeves are made out of poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid (or PLGA), which can be applied directly to piercing instruments and will remain in the tissue once it’s been pierced. The substance will degrade over time which will enhance healing, reduce pain and prevent chances of infection.


Source: https://www.itbusiness.ca/news/pei-startup-using-3d-printing-to-reduce-risks-of-body-piercing-pet-and-livestock-tagging/94742

BIOLIFE4D approaches 3D Printed Heart through Investment Funding

 BIOLIFE4D approaches 3D Printed Heart through Investment Funding

Startup BIOLIFE4D has filed a $50 million initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under Regulation A+ rules for their project of 3D Bioprinting a Real Heart for transplants. Curerntly seeking investors, BIOLIFE4D plans to use recent breakthroughs in 3D printing, regenerative medicine, stem cell biology and computing techniques to create patient-specific replacement hearts from the patient’s own cells, eliminating both long waiting lists and risks of rejection.


Source: https://biolife4d.com/about/

Materialise to provide Orthopedic Solutions now

 Materialise to provide Orthopedic Solutions now

Materialise, a Belgium-headquartered company is known for its 3D Printing perfection, and now it will be creating 3D printed orthopedic solutions for adult patients with metacarpal/phalange and clavicle bone deformities. With their surgical guides and 3D Printed Models, they aim to develop the orthopedic field by enhancing it with everything they have achieved with their recent advancements and partnerships.


Source: http://www.materialise.com/en/medical/patient-specific-guides/patient-specific-osteotomy-guides

Reality meets 3D Bioprinting as First 3D Printed Tibial Surgery becomes successful

 Reality meets 3D Bioprinting as First 3D Printed Tibial Surgery becomes successful

Reuben Lichter was diagnosed of a bone infection called tibial osteomyelitis and was put forward with two choices- amputation or experitmental treatment. Choosing the latter, he underwent five surgeries in six months, which involved transplanting a 3D printed scaffold into Lichter’s leg, where it would slowly grow into a new bone. The scaffold was designed at Queensland University of Technology and 3D printed in Singapore, after which it was brought back to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, where Lichter was being treated.


Source: www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-08/3d-printing-gives-a-brisbane-man-a-new-shinbone/8883868

Gadgets that can bend: Hybrid 3D Printing Technique makes it possible

 Gadgets that can bend Hybrid 3D Printing Technique makes it possible

Jennifer Lewis, Sc.D. of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and her lab partnered with J. Daniel Berrigan, Ph.D. and Michael Durstock, Ph.D. at the US Air Force Research Laboratory to develop a new 3D printing technique for soft electronics, called Hybrid 3D printing. The technology basically involves shaping of the wearable electronics according to the user. For this, it involves use of conductive, stretchable 3D printing material made from TPU mixed with silver flakes. Other electrical components included parts like LEDs, resistors and micro-chips.


Source: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adma.201703817/full

Aspiring Doctor builds up his own inventory of Stethoscopes for Doctors in Gaza

 Aspiring Doctor builds up his own inventory of Stethoscopes for Doctors in Gaza

Gaza, a Palestinian territory is suffering the lack in basic medical equipment, including the stethoscopes. Seeing the terrific conditions at hospitals, Dr. Loubani started Glia Project, which aims to give doctors a way of manufacturing their own inexpensive medical equipment. Dr. Loubani designed and 3D printed a stethoscope that cost under a dollar which was manufactured using his own-built 3D printer from open-source designs online.


Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/06/3d-printers-tackle-gaza-medical-shortages-170627095337106.html

SLS 3D Printing Technology becomes the choice for Customized Pills by FabRx

 SLS 3D Printing Technology becomes the choice for Customized Pills by FabRx

FabRx, creator of Printlets and 3D printed tablets with customized dosages of medication, has just turned to Selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printing for their customized medication plans. Mixing acetaminophen with two pharmaceutical-grade polymers, one with immediate release and one with modified release characteristics, the powders were 3D printed into tablet form using a Sintratec 3D printer. The newer medications so printed using SLS technology were high resolution and had no drug degradation.


Source: https://www.fabrx.co.uk/single-post/2017/09/02/Production-of-medicines-using-selective-laser-sintering-SLS

Five Areas where 3D Printing will top the Medicine Field: A Report by Doctors

 Five Areas where 3D Printing will top the Medicine Field A Report by Doctors

Two doctors from Austin Hospital in Melbourne recently published a paper in the Medical Journal of Australia explaining the top five areas in which 3D printing technology has the potential to change the medical field. These fields were enumerated as: Bioprinting and Tissue Engineering, Pharmacology-surgical Rehearsal, Surgical Rehearsal, Customized Prosthetics and Distribution Production. The complete report explained how these 5 areas are already being innovated by 3D Printing.


Source: https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/five-ways-3d-printing-is-changing-medicine

Chinese Researchers use 3D Printing to Correct Bone and Cartilage Defects

 Chinese Researchers use 3D Printing to Correct Bone and Cartilage Defects

A group of researchers from China recently used the 3D Printing Technology to repair three common types of defects: a cube-shaped bone defect, a randomly shaped cartilage defect, and a cylinder-shaped osteochondral defect. Animal bones were scanned using an EinScan-Pro handheld 3D scanner from Shining 3D; 3D scans were then turned into 3D models using Materialise Magics software and ultimately, the defects were corrected using a modified Bio-Architect 3D bioprinter from Regenovo.


Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-10060-3

Facility formed on Partnership becomes the core of 3D Bioprinting Stem Cell Research in Australia

 Facility formed on Partnership becomes the core of 3D Bioprinting Stem Cell Research in Australia

The first bioengineering facility in Australia to be based in a hospital, BioFab3D@ACMD, was established upon partnership between between St Vincent’s Hospital, Swinburne, RMIT, University of Melbourne and University of Wollongong. And now the facility is playing the key role for PhD candidate Lilith Caballero Aguilar who is developing methods to control the rate of release of growth factors which are necessary for the development of stem cells once they have been implanted into the body.


Source: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/news/latest-news/2017/08/collaboration-critical-to-breakthrough-3d-bioprinting.php

3D Printing Technology becomes savior for Chinese Hospital fighting Cancer

 3D Printing Technology becomes savior for Chinese Hospital fighting Cancer

St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou in Guangzhou City, China has been making use of 3D Printing Technology through 3D Printed Guides and Models for precision and extra safety measures during surgeries performed for Cancer Treatment. While Nano-knife technique has been proved to be of utmost use to surgeons, they also employ others such as Transarterial Chemoembolization (TACE), Cryotherapy and Immunotherapy.


Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/feature/2017/09/08/cancer-hospital-china-offers-modern-treatment-560815

Researchers study Lobster Claws to create Powerful Safety Armor

 Researchers study Lobster Claws to create Powerful Safety Armor

A team of engineers from USC Viterbi School of Engineering are studying biological structures for use of 3D Printing Technology in Progressive Degenerative Diseases, Sports-related injuries and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Yang Yang, a post-doctoral scholar at USC Viterbi and Dr. Chen have worked together and developed a process that adds an electrical field into 3D printing. The electric-assisted 3D printing process aligns layers of material in resilient, bio-inspired ways, like a lobster shell’s design. Such design can be used in reducing the impact injuries from Fatal accidents.


Source: https://viterbischool.usc.edu/news/2017/08/natures-armor-a-lobster-tale/

3D Printed Boluses that add efficiency to Cancer Radiotherapy

Boluses 3D Printed

Since the traditional boluses used in Cancer Treatment by Radiation therapy are not so efficient, Dr. James Robar from Dalhousie University started a research that led to four devices: Electron Beam Therapy, Photon Beam Therapy, Immobilization Device and Brachy therapy. The products developed through this research are the basis for the startup company 3D Bolus and the technology is being used in clinics in Ireland and Israel.


Source: https://www.dal.ca/news/2017/11/07/a-third-dimension-of-innovation--enhancing-accuracy-and-efficien.html

Viscient Biosciences partner with Ogranovo for 3D Bioprinting in Liver Disease Researh

NAFL disease

San Diego-based Viscient Biosciences has announced collaboration with Organovo to help establish a disease model for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver (NAFL) disease in bio-printed 3D liver samples. The CEO Taylor Crouch stated that their 3D disease models have the unique capability to demonstrate drug mechanisms of action and efficacy in a setting that closely mimics human livers.


Source: https://www.xconomy.com/san-diego/2017/11/06/new-biotech-viscient-partners-with-organovo-on-fatty-liver-disease/?single_page=true

3D Printed Skull saves the Newborn

Newborn Skull

Sofia, a newborn at Princess Margaret Hospital was diagnosed with a rare birth defect that caused the bone in her skull to completely fuse over her nasal cavity, leaving her unable to breathe through her nose. Using 3D Printing technology from 3D team at Royal Perth Hospital, Dr. Jenn Ha operated on her knowing exact surgical procedure through the 3D Printed Skull.


Source: https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/37834040/hi-tech-plastic-skull-helps-newborn-breathe/

3DMetal Tibial Cones by Medacta Perform Well in Surgeries

 3D Metal Medacta

Medacta, a company based in Switzerland had recently developed 3DMetal Tibial Cones which received FDA clearance and these provide structural support in bone deficient disorders along with implant. The technology received its first success in surgery performed by Kevin Hardt and David Manning, MD at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.


Source: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171103005107/en/Medacta-Announces-FDA-Clearance-Surgeries-Utilizing-3DMetalTM

3DMAC develops Unique Prosthetics for War Veterans

 3DMac War Veterans

3D Medical Applications Center (3DMAC) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center used 3D Printing technology to bring back the life of Injured Veterans through modified unique prosthetics. From fishing rod holding to advanced sensory feedback, these prosthetics are developed for every unique need these injured war veterans possess using CAD software.


Source: http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1362906/3-d-printing-takes-wounded-warriors-to-a-new-dimension/

Veterinary Surgeons use 3D Printing to perform Complicated Surgeries

 Veterinary Doctors

Veterinary Surgeons at University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center have created 3D Printing Facility where Surgical Models are 3D Printed prior to surgeries which are to be performed on animals. A CT scan of animal’s body is used on Ultimaker 3 to create 3D printed replica, which is then used by surgeons to practice the complicated procedure.


Source: https://vetmed.tennessee.edu/vmc/Pages/default.aspx

Doctor Determined to 3D Print Prosthetics to Malaysian War Victims

 Malaysian Doctor LimbX

Muhamad Hariz Hazwan Mohd Zarir is a doctor in Malaysia who began his program LimbX after seeing the devastating injuries to native people during the war and the project now delivers 3D Printed Prosthetics to war victims. During the project, he reached out to prosthetics expert and humanitarian technology leader Dr. Adam Arabian and LimbForge, formerly the Enable Community Foundation.


Source: http://mycorps.my/

The Tale of First US 3D Printed Implant

 Tale of First

Penelope Heller was diagnosed in 2014 with chondrosarcoma, a rare type of cancer of bones and joints. She underwent a 3D Printed Sternum Implant Surgery when her own normal implant didn’t work out well. The newer 3D Printed Sternum Implant gave her much recovery with full range of motion, however, a special approval from US FDA was put forward before the surgery was done.


Source: http://www.zdnet.com/article/australian-made-3d-printed-sternum-and-rib-cage-implanted-into-ny-patient/

2D Ultrasound to become 3D Printing Ultrasound with this $10 Microchip

 2D to 3D USG Chip

Scientists from Duke and Stanford Universities have developed a Microchip that converts a 2D Ultrasound with 3D Capabilities. The idea was brought forward by Joshua Broder, MD, an emergency physician and associate professor of surgery at Duke Health. The inventors, along with Elias J. Jaffa, Brendan P. Smith, and Erica Peethumnongsin of Duke, demonstrated the device on October 31st at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Research Forum in Washington, D.C.


Source: https://corporate.dukehealth.org/news-listing/how-10-microchip-turns-2-d-ultrasound-machines-3-d-imaging-devices?h=nl

3D Printed Orthopaedic Casts with Heat Sensitivity

 Casts with Heat Sensitivity

A team of faculty researchers from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and Boston University have developed a process for making 3D printed orthopedic casts that are personalized to the patient, as well as offering a unique thermal-comfort design. The 3D printed orthopedic cast are made using PLA material on an Ultimaker 3D printer, which are then heat-tested in two separate environments for 30 minutes.


Source: https://www.tudelft.nl/en/2017/io/oktober/unique-thermal-comfort-design-for-3d-printed-orthopaedic-casts/

Dinsmore and Children Hospital of Orange County unite to 3D Print Surgical Model of a Patient


18-year old Moises Campos had suffered a tibial tubercle fracture during his youth, which resulted in a growth arrest below his kneecap and a deformity of his tibia. Before his actual surgery, the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) recently teamed up with Dinsmore Inc., a 3D printing company from Irvine, California, to 3D print a full-scale model of Campos’ tibia based off his CT scan using stereolithography (SLA).


Source: http://www.dinsmoreinc.com/case-studies/dinsmores-3d-printing-expertise-supports-surgeons-local-california-childrens-hospital/

K2M Group Holdings and 3D Systems come together for better 3D Printing

 K2M Group Holdings

K2M Group Holdings had underwent comprehensive development agreement with 3D Systems including a separate supply agreement for K2M’s CASCADIA TL Interbody System, which features its Lamellar 3D Titanium technology. The two combined to create 3D Printed Implants and virtual surgical plans for complex spinal operations. This new strategic partnership will combine the metal 3D printing experience of 3D Systems with the spinal expertise of K2M, building on the specific capabilities, and cultural values, of each company in order to increase innovation.


Source: https://www.3dsystems.com/customer-stories/spine-solutions-expert-k2m-broadens-capabilities-strategic-3d-printing-partner

Stryker bring Robotic Surgery and 3D Printing Together

 Stryker Robotic Surgery

Global medical device manufacturing company Stryker has started funding a five-year research project called “Just in time implants,” in Australia, worth over AUD$12.1 million, between St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), RMIT University, and the Australian government that could advance tumor surgery using 3D printing technology. The collaboration will combine advanced manufacturing, robotic surgery, and 3D printing to make custom implants for patients suffering from bone cancer.


Source: http://imcrc.org/2017/10/29/just-time-implants-set-radically-advance-tumour-surgery/

The Era of 3D Printing in Medical Field

 Era of 3d printing

3D Printing is growing rapidly and its use in Medical Field is extraordinary, given the leaps it is taking forward constantly. From EKSO Bionic Suit, an exoskeleton made for paraplegics to disaster management by Field Ready which provided relief during Nepal Earthquakes of 2015, 3D Printing is taking over the very needs of humans.


Source: https://3dprint.com/192361/3d-printing-and-medical-equipment/

Materialise collaborate with Henry Ford Health System for 3D Printed Cardiac Procedures

 Materialise Henry Ford

Materialise is one of the leading 3D Printing Company which has now entered pre-market phase by working with Henry Ford Health System, an advanced hospital systems. The aim of this joint venture is to help physicians using 3D Printing for complex complex transcatheter mitral valve replacement and repair (TMVR/r) procedures. The Pre-planning imaging technology by Henry Ford’s expertise was developed through Materialise’s Mimic Innovation Suite.


Source: http://www.materialise.com/en/blog/innovative-mitral-valve-treatment-3d-visualization-at-henry-ford

Las Vegas Girl with 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand to throw First Pitch of World Series Game

 Las Vegas Pitch World Series

Hailey Dawson, a 7-year old girl from Las Vegas was born with Poland syndrome, a rare birth defect that resulted in her being born without the three middle fingers on her right hand. Her mother was determined to help her, and soon she received a variation of Flexi Hand 2, a 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). As her story went viral, she has now been invited to throw the first pitch of World Series Game.


Source: https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas-girl-ready-for-world-series-pitch/

Stryker’s 3D Printed Tirtanium Posterior Lumbar Cage Spinal Implant receives FDA Clearance

 Stryker Spinal Cage

In 2016, medical device manufacturing company Stryker  announced the launch of a 3D printed spinal implant, as well as a planned 3D printing manufacturing facility which was followed by launch of 3D printed Tritanium posterior lumbar (PL) cage spinal implant which is to be used in Cervical Spine. The Spinal Implant has now received the 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


Source: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170920005250/en/Stryker%E2%80%99s-Spine-Division-Receives-FDA-Clearance-3D-Printed

VTT explores use of Nanocellulose in 3D Printing for Wound Care

 VTT Wound Care

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, a research and technology company is researching the cellulose nanofibrils to be used for developing a 3D wound care product to monitor the condition of patients’ wounds while in the hospital. With aid from University of Tampere, VTT is working to promote the growth of healthy skin cells around a wound by creating a solution where a protein attaches to a 3D printed adhesive bandage to facilitate this growth without leaving a scar mark.


Source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/vtrc-vid091817.php

Metal 3D Printing becomes life savior of a Model suffering Fatal Injuries

 Life Savior

Francesca Burr, a 28-year old woman suffered life-threatening when she fell down stairs while having a seizure and suffered multiple skull fractures, a cracked jaw, and a broken nose. She was transported to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge and in February, the surgeons fitted a 3D printed titanium plate for Francesca’s skull.


Source: www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/model-turns-robogirl-doctors-rebuild-11128257