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.

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

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.

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Conjoined Twins Surgery made possible, Thanks to 3D Printing

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.

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AR App that helps e-NABLE Volunteers learn Prosthetic Assembling

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.

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Girl receives 3D Printed Arm from e-NABLE Library

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.

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3D Printing cures Tongue Cancer via Anatomiz3D

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.

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Titanium Medical Implants Maker seek Australian Rebates

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.

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3D Printed Heart Models help Doctors in Poland

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.

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3D Printed Clitoris for Sex Education in France

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.

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3D Printed Cranial Implants by 3DCeram

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.

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These 4 Universities have their own 3D Printing Plans

 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.

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Rising 3D Printing Piracy in Pharmaceuticals

 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.

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FARO Forensic ScanArm Solution pioneers Solving Criminal Cases

 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.

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Sinterex and TAMU innovate Metal 3D Printing in Middle East

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.

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Materialise counsels Bennett Engineering to 3D Printing Success

 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.

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

 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.

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Multiply Labs launches Personalized Supplements for Fitness

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.

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Inside 3D Printing Conference & Exp San Diego starts Registration

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.

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

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.

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Indian Maker inspired to Help Amputee Children through Indiegogo Campaign

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.

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

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.

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Olympic Champion to receive 3D Printed Shoes from Adidas

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.

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

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.

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BMW 3D Prints for US Paralympic Team

 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.

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Researchers use Medical Phantom Model for Clubfoot Treatment

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.

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3D Printed Anatomy Kits help Medical Students

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.

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Seek out this Free Bio-Printing Course that gives Certificate

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.

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Materialise plans to Build Europe's Largest and Modern 3D Printing Factory in Poland

 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 Wroc┼éawskie. 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.

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How 3D Printing is Evolving the Medical Field

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.

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Indian Surgeons using 3D Printing for Gall Bladder Surgeries

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.

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

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.

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4Web Medical receives FDA Clearance for Lateral Interbody Fusion Devices

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.

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3D Printed Cast are Modern but may not be Cheap

 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.

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French Biomodex uses 3D Printing to train Surgeons

 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.

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Within Reach Design Challenge by MatterHackers, Ultimaker, e-NABLE and Pinshape

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.

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

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.

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Oventus Medical Successfully debuts O2Vent on ASX with CSIRO

Oventus Medical Successfully debuts O2Vent on ASX with CSIRO

With recently getting the clearance from US FDA for O2VentTM Mono device, Oventus Medical has now successfully registered its listing on the ASX on 19 July 2016 with a fully subscribed IPO. The company’s O2VentTM  range incorporates an airway to bypass nasal, soft palate and tongue obstructions. The company has also registered its next generation O2VentTM T titratable device with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and launched the device for consumers through an expanded network of dentists.

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3D Printing Expected to Grow Large by 2026

 3D PRINTING EXPECTED TO GROW LARGE BY 2026

A report by Future Market Insights has stated that 3D Printing is expected to grow huge by year 2016 especially in medical and dental fields with 4.6 million 3D Printers to be sold by 2026. While 3D Printing has opened doors for every sector, these two sectors will benefit greatly. Some companies like Stratasys, 3D Systems and ExOne are having reduced sales for now but the boom of this sector will heighten their fortunes too.

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Police Seeks 3D Print FingerPrinting to Solve Murder Case

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.

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China's First Medical 3D printing Factory Opens in Six Months

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.

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German Medical Company opens plant in United States

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.

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