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.

France Women receives 3D Printed Shoulder Implant after Shooting Crisis

3d printed shoulder implant

Nathalie Dufaut Danjon was shot by a man with a hunting rifle when the bullet entered her shoulder joint through the front and exited through her shoulder blade. Her shoulder's bony anatomy was destroyed, though the nerves were not affected. With the help of 3D Printing, Loose bone fragments were attached to muscle and membrane, by Dr. Brice Viard, an orthopedic surgeon at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Dijon, France. She has recovered greatly since then and thanks 3D Printing for the hope for new life.

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Electronics Manufacturing to re-invent 3D Print Medicine: University of Michigan

university of michigan medicine

Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered a new 3D printing technology which allows them to print precise doses of medication onto dosing devices such as dissolvable strips, similar to breath strips, or microneedle patches.It works by inert gas and evaporated medication travelling through a nozzle, which is pointed at a cooled surface. The medication then condenses on that surface and sticks to it in a thin crystalline film. The technique could also allow doctors and pharmacists to combine multiple medications into one easy-to-deliver dose.

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3D Printed Human Retina Developers receive $90K by National Eye Institute

3d printed retinal model

National Eye Institute (NEI) announced in May that it would be awarding $1 million to whoever could create the best, most true-to-form lab-grown miniature retina in a petri dish. The competition was part of the 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge, which was launched by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The winning team was later announced, which was awarded $90,000, was led by Erin Lavik, ScD, from the University of Maryland. The 3D bioprinted retinal models were designed to allow researchers to study and find new ways to prevent the development of eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy – as well as to enable better pharmaceutical testing.

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3D Printed Virus Models help understand the Influenza Epidemics

3d printed viruses students

Students at CQUniversity are working to better understand how virus mutations happen, as well as the nature of other virus-borne diseases, with the help of 3D printing. CQUniversity’s medical and engineering departments are working together to scale up several virus models to about the size of a softball and 3D print them, so that students can hold and examine them from every angle. Dr. Padraig Strappe, Senior Lecturer in Medical Laboratory Science, concluded that by 3D printing a scaled-up flu virus they could highlight the haemmagluttin, which is the part of the virus that changes from year to year.

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Spinal Surgeons receives training from 3D Printed Vertebrae Models

3d printed vertebrae models

A new NTU (Nottingham University) project is focusing on 3D printed replica human vertebrae as part of pre-surgical training. The bone models are 3D printed in PLA material and a binding agent, then coated in polyester; the interior is made of polyurethane, and silicone is used to make the discs between vertebrae. Currently, the models are being created for surgeons who will be performing procedures such as laminectomies, where they may have to remove bone tissue to relieve a patient’s trapped nerves.

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Micro Organs by 3D Printing to replace Human Clinical Trials for Drug Testing

body on a chip system organoids

Clinical trials of newer drugs are somewhat risky in humans, thanks to 3D Printing, the newer organ-on-a-chip have been introduced that can cut off the risk. This newer technology is used to produce micro organs called organoids, especially liver, heart and lung which can then be used to test the drugs before use in humans. The technology is further being improved at Wake Institute for Regenerative Medicine with aid from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

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3D Printed Medical Marijuana Inhaler by Syqe

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.

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Recreating Microvasculature with 3D Printing

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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.

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3D Printed Stents for a Perfect Fit in Every Heart

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.

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Roller Coaster Relief from Kidney Stones? 3D Printing Provides Proof-of-Concept

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.

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MatterHackers announces winners of WithinReach Contest

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.

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NASA, ASME and Future Engineers call for Mars Medical Challenge

 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.

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4WEB publicizes First Surgeries performed with Posterior Spine Truss System

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.

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Plum Alley Investment grants funds to Epibone

 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.

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Osteopore International acquires 2016’s Entrepreneurial Company of Year Award

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.

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Xplorer 3D provides 3D Printed Prosthetic to Pakistani Kid

Xplorer 3D provides 3D Printed Prosthetic to Pakistani Kid

Shayaan, a 9-year old from Pakistan was born with Dysmelia, a rare disorder in which limbs do not form properly and hence had no arms. Her mother, Fadia Haroon reached out to Xplorer 3D, first 3D printer manufacturer from Pakistan and the CEO of the company, Tayyab Alam prepared a custom 3D Printed Prosthetic Device for him featuring custom attachments that are lightweight and adjustable and helps with tools such as pen, comb, touch devices, etc.

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HyperElastic Bone ready for the Breakthroughs

HyperElastic Bone ready for the Breakthroughs

Researchers team led by Ramille Shah at Northwestern University, Illinois, have made progress towards a new type of bone called as the HyperElastic Bone which will be a breakthrough in modern medicine. Using bioactive hydroxyapatite, different biomaterials and EnvisionTEC 3D-Bioplotter System for 3D Printing, this new bone will provide extreme benefits to surgeons.

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Arfona and Valplast introduce Denture Printing

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.

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iMakr Med releases Bioprinter to revolutionize Medical 3D Printing

 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.

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

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.

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Create O&P launches flexible 3D Printing System

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.

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UNYQ and Bitonti collborate to unveil Scoliosis Brace

UNYQ and Bitonti collborate to unveil Scoliosis Brace

UNYQ has announced their 3D Printed Scoliosis Device at White House Event hostel by he White House Office of Public Engagement and Office of Science and Technology Policy in collaboration between the personalized orthotics and prosthetics manufacturer and Studio Bitonti. The device is only 3.5mm thick, breathable, and lightweight and was modeled at the event by Grace Mosier, a 15-year-old girl with scoliosis.

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Stratasys provides Back Brace to Paralympian

 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.

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Students pioneer Scaffold-Free Bioprinting with Hacked Ultimaker

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.

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Athletes gear up for Rio Olympics with 3D Printing

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.

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Landmark Hearing Aid via 3D Printing and Earlens Corp

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.

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Tissue Regeneration Cell Culture by 3D Printing

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.

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A Vision for 3D Printed Finger Prosthetics

 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.

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Regenerating Bone In Vivo rolls out in Ireland

 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.

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3D Printed Organs vs The Black Market

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.

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

 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.

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The Hybrid Prosthetics that let you Swim

 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.

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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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