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.

3D Printed Joints that will fight Infections

3D Printed Joints that will fight Infections

A team of researchers at Rowan University, New Jersey, is developing smart Replacement-Joints for patients that will fight off infection with pre-loaded drug delivery system in them. Printable in 3-16 hrs, these replacement pieces are bio-compatible and will be loaded with anti-biotics that will be released automatically if infection is suspected.

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CBMTI enhanced Neurosurgery with 3D Printed Training Simulators

CBMTI enhanced Neurosurgery with 3D Printed Training Simulators

University of Malaya’s Centre for Biomedical and Technology Integration (CBMTI) uses Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D Printing technology to deliver custom medical implants, prototypes for new devices, patient-specific models for surgical planning and the sophisticated training simulators for clinical procedures. Identifying the anatomy and pathology, CBMTI engineers convert the patient’s CT and MRI scans into digital design files, and 3D printing the ultimate models.

 

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Super-Strong Light-Weight 3D Printed Materials

Super Strong 3D Printed Materials

Professor Rashid Abu Al-Rub and his team at Masdar Institute, United Arab Emirates is developing methods to change the internal geometric structure of familiar plastics, metals, ceramics and composites. Using the 3D Printing Technology as the only solution, they seek to revolutionize the existing 3D printing patterns and provide light-weight but strong materials for applications.

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Colombia Kid receives Captain America 3D Printed Hand

Colombia Kid receives Captain America 3D Printed Hand

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

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Rhinoplasty Implants by Multi-Planar Processing

 Rhinoplasty 3D Printing

Facial Prototyping has been performed with 3D Systems Model 660 Pro by Dr. Avsar in New York and Rhinoplasty Implants by Dr. Pablo Prichard out of Phoenix which are made of FDA approved material. FACS (Facial Active Coding System) has helped creating the grids for Craniofacial planning to be used for Rhinoplasty Implants.

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e-NABLing France

e NABLing France

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

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3D Printed Thermos can help diagnose Zika virus

 3D Print Thermos for Zika Virus

Engineers from University of Pennsylvania have developed a test kit for diagnosing Zika Virus which could cost as less as $2 and doesn't need electricity or technical information of usage. Made of thermos bottle and integrated heating element, the color changing will provide rapid diagnosis for zika virus and reduce mortality rate.

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Medical Breakthroughs of 3D Printing

 3D Printing Medical Breakthroughs

Some of the medical breakthroughs achieved by 3D Printing Technology include Bone models, Kidney models, fetal models using ultrasound of mother womb, First FDA-approved 3D Printable Pill- Spirtam, Dental SG for dental education, Sutrue-an automated suturing device, open-source designs to download, Brain Tumor models, Live Thyroid injected in mice, Alginate Ear Implants and finally a tiny 3D Printed Medical Camera.

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3D Printed Rottlace Mask based on Musculoskeletal system

 3D Printed Rottlace Mask based on Musculoskeletal system

Icelandic musician Björk has partnered with designer and researcher Neri Oxman on a mask made up of multiple 3D-printed strands that mimic the underlying structure of her own face. The piece was printed by additive manufacturing company Stratasys using a flexible, acrylic-based polymer.

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Frozen-Inspired 3D Printed Hand for Little Girl

 Frozen Inspired 3D Printed Hand

Karissa Mitchell from New York, was born without her right hand, but students at Siena College helped her get 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand. The students, along with an eight-member team at e-NABLE, created a 3D-printed prosthetic hand in an ice blue color with decorative snowflakes to represent Mitchell’s favorite movie, Frozen.

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Sony Robot that will form Emotional Bond with Humans

 Sony Robot that will form Emotional Bond with Humans

At the corporate meeting in Tokyo, CEO Kaz Hirai of Sony announced establishment of a new Robot-Focused Organization in April. Targeting emotionally compelling experiences, Sony is planning to develop a robot capable of forming an emotional bond with customers.

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3D Printed Micro-Rockets can be the Safest Drug Delivery System

 3D Printed Micro Rocket for Drug Delivery

Using an innovative 3D inkjet printing method, researchers from Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield have developed silk 'Micro-Rockets' which are biodegradable and harmless to biological system. Being just 300 microns in length and 100 microns in diameter, these silk-catalyst made rockets can be used for Drug delivery and locating cancer cells.

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Red Hat Films produces Award-Winning Open-Source Documentary about e-NABLE

 Red Hat Films Open Source Stories Short Film

Open Source Stories, a new project from Red Hat Films, works to highlight those who are engaged in the open-source world and won the 2016 West Chester Film Festival Award for Best Documentary Film and Official Selection for the 2016 Reel to Reel International Film Festival’s Official Selection, Open Source Stories: e-NABLE. This documentary is currently being featured from June 27-June 30 at the Red Hat Summit, which is also being streamed live from their San Francisco event.

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Vascular Models by Vascular Simulations enhance Training and Treatment

Vascular Simulation Models 3D Print

New York-based medical company, Vascular Simulations with help from Stratasys, has been utilizing 3D Printed Models to enhance the training and treatment methods for dealing with cardiovascular disease. To create 3D printed models, Vascular Simulations uses imaging data from CT scans or MRIs and converts them into silicone models with Stratasys Dimension Elite 3D Printer.

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3D Printed Hibbot helps the CP children walk again

3D Printed Hibbot for Cerebral Palsy Children

Yano De Laet was born with cerebral palsy but with help from 3D printed assistive devices, he is now able to walk with a new hands-free walker called the Hibbot. Hibbot is an ergonomic walking assistance system designed with collaboration between engineer Dirk Wenmakers and physiotherapist Ria Cuppers.

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3D Printed Spinal Implant helps the Man walk in China

 3D Print Spinal Implant China

First 3D Printed Titanium Spinal Implant was successfully used in patient surnamed Yuan diagnosed with malignant tumor on his back. Performed at Beijing University Third Hospital, Dr. Liu Zhongjun explained how 3D Printing was the best option to be used for 19 cm replacement of backbone.

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3D Printed Micro-Camera Lens that You can Inject in your Body

 3D Printed Micro Camera Lens

A group of German engineers at the University of Stuttgart led by Dr. Timo Gissibl have developed a process for creating a functional micro-camera lens. The triple lens optical head is only about 100 micrometers wide and can be can be injected into the human body with a standard syringe needle allowing for the internal examination of microscopic structures.

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First 3D Printed Ear for Aussie woman

Aussie woman receives 3d printed Ear

Colleen Murray lost her left ear in car accident 55 years ago became the first person in Australia to receive a new ear produced from 3D Printing technology. Prosthetist Brenton Cadd and team made the ear after using a scan and skin-like silicon material.

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Brace for Spinal Muscular Dystrophy inspires Make To Care Contest

Make To Care Contest

Roberta, daughter of Fabio Gorrasi was suffering Spinal Muscular Dystrophy, when her father decided to make a 3D Printed Brace to help her using machined aluminum alloy. Inspired by his design, Sanofi Genzyme, a biotech company which specializes in development of treatments and therapies for debilitating diseases, launched Make To Care program with Maker Faire Rome 2016, inviting interested makers to submit similar ideas by June 30.

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University of Bristol develops new Bio-Ink for Stem Cells

 University of Bristol 3D Print Bio Ink with Stem Cells

Scientists at the University of Bristol have developed a new kind of stem-cell containing bio-ink, which could eventually allow the production of complex tissues for surgical implants. This new bio-ink contains two different polymers, a natural and a synthetic one. Team has been successful to 3D Print full-size tracheal cartilage ring and expect to print surgical bone or cartilage implants with it.

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3D Printed Ear Models for Education by Erasmus Medical Center

 3D Printed Ear Models for Education by Erasmus Medical Center

Surgeons and doctors of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, are using 3D printed bones and structures as training models for students. The first test started on 21 June in Rotterdam, and involved a 3D printed mastoid bone while these bones were developed by Medical Data.

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Thailand’s Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health calls to Join 3D Printing Maker Community

 Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health 3D Print

Upcoming workshop Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health (QSNICH) aims to educate nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals about basic tools and techniques of 3D printing. Already working with local makerspace ProgressTH, their ultimate goal is to eventually assist QSNICH in setting up a makerspace inside the hospital's innovation department itself.

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3D Printing saves life of Baby born with Brain Outside his Skull

 Bentley Yoder gets treatment for Encephalocele by 3D Print

Bentley Yoder, a 7-month old was born with encephalocele, rare congenital defect that causes brain to grow outside of the skull. Using 3D Printing technology, Dr. John Meara at Boston Children’s Hospital was able to perform reconstructive surgery and 5 hours later, Bentley was reported to be doing well in recovery.

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3D Printing continues to create Better Life for Disabled

 3D Printing for Disabled

Special Neck Switch for19-year old Christopher Hills with Cerebral palsy and Quadriplegia, Customized Bionic eye for people with vision loss, Atari Joystick for a young Atari lover, Personalized Grip Covers for Disabled workers, uncountable prosthetics for disabled, are some of the achievements 3D Printing has been grabbing. There's still more for 3D Printing to come, and still more to present landmarks.

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Materialise introduces Mimic Innovation Suite 19 for Medical 3D Printing

 Materialise introduces Mimic Innovation Suite 19 for Medical 3D Printing

Materialise announced release of its Mimic Innovation Suite 19 which will help engineers and researchers to perform better 3D reconstruction. This software will provide faster image segmentation and accurate 3D reconstruction along with easier Finite Element Meshing, especially from CT and MRI scans.

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Create Prosthetics deliver First Medical Grade 3D Printed Arm to Earthquake Survivor

 Create Prosthetics deliver First Medical Grade 3D Printed Arm to Earthquake Survivor

NY based Create Prosthetics created the first ever medical-grade 3D Printed arm prosthetic which was delivered to a young Haitian mother by Jeff Erenstone. The 20 year old Haitian mother, Danis Exulise had lost her hand after being trapped under rubble of earthquake in 2010. The arm weighs 2 pounds and Create Prosthetics now seek North America for selling these arm kits.

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Portable Ultrasound can save Soldiers life in the Field

 Portable Ultrasound by British for Soldiers

Researchers from University of Aberdeen are working on the new technology with the Ministry of Defence's science and technology laboratory that aims to better diagnose head injuries among soldiers. They are working to develop a 3D Printed Portable Ultrasound that would create a 3D model of the brain on location and it could then be used for swift diagnosis.

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Utah Mom beats Kidney Cancer, Thanks to 3D Printing

 Utah Mom beats Kidney Cancer with 3D Print

Linda Green, inhabitant of Utah, had a malignant tumor underneath her ribs which required to be removed before it could spread to other organs. Using 3D reconstruction and 3D Printing, Dr. Jay Bishoff from Intermountain Medical Center, was able to excise the tumor without damaging any vital part of Linda.

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3D Printing vs Micromachines

 Micromachining vs 3D Printing

Micromachining is Superfinishing, a metalworking process for producing very fine surface finishes and it's main applications include creating stents for coronary, peripheral and neurological uses. But can it beat 3D Printing? This has been a topic of debate but some seem to integrate both for the Ultimate cause.

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Elementary School Kids produce 3D Printed Hand

 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand by Kids

Ethan James, a 10 year-old boy received prosthetic hand for himself after he and his fellow fourth-grade classmates at Roy B. Kelley Elementary School designed it. With some role from e-NABLE, this boy born without his right hand, is now able to live a better life with his new hand.

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Open-Source HackBerry Prosthetic: The $200 Hand

 Hackberry Exiii 3D Print

In Tokyo’s Akihabara electronics district, the founders of robotics startup Exiii revealed their latest open-source prototype called Exii Hackberyy which only costs about $200. The Exiii Hackberry has a flexible wrist, partially motorized fingers and low-cost parts such as an Arduino controller and a digital camera battery.

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ProgressTH and QSNICH collaborate for 3D Print Medical Workshops

ProgressTH and QSNICH collaborate for 3D Print Medical Workshops

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

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India calls on for 3D Printing Utilization

 3D Printing India

S. Ramadorai, Chairman, National Skill Development Agency, recently stated regarding lack of Doctors in rural areas, that 3D Printing is emerging as a breakthrough in medicine. Biological tissues are being globally printed, living organs will be a practical reality soon, and India needs to tackle shortage of Doctors with further refining of such technologies in our sector.

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First Heel Bone Surgery with 3D Print saves Korean Soldier

 Heel bone Surgery 3D Printed Implant

A patient from South Korea, formerly serving in military, suffered a cancerous tumor in his heel, for which Dr. Hyun Guy had to either amputate the foot or approach conventional techniques. Approaching 3D Printing, Doctors at National Cancer 3d printed the heel bone implant of patient avoiding the former options.

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3D Printing Heart at Zero Gravity

 TechShot 3D Printing at Zero Gravity

Scientists from TechShot, developed a method to 3D Print structures in zero gravity, pioneering for space future programs. Printing a viable heart structure, scientists believe that this method of using low-viscosity bio-inks and finer printer tips will open doors for space-based bioprinter for human healthcare.

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Silicone and Robocasting for Medical Applications

Silicone and Robocasting for Medical Applications

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

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Ottawa Hospital continue to harness 3D Printing Technology

 Ottawa Hospital 3D Print

Ottawa Hospital of Canada is revolutionizing the medicine with 3D Printed Body parts and research prototypes. With replica body parts as surgical guides, customized prosthetics, low-cost medical devices, surgical tools and even new skin for burn patients, Dr. Frank Rybicki is seeing to generate a commercial hub for themselves.

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Luxury Glasses from Materialise and Belgian Designer

 3D Print Materialise David Ring Luxury Glasses

Materialise and Belgian Desginer, Dávid Ring, produced luxury custom eyeglasses which are completely printed using 3D Print Technology. For the lenses, the team used Stereolithography while for the frames, Laser Sintered was used.

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3D Printed Hand for Girl born without Fingers

 Emmy Hoffman 3D Printed Hand

Emmy Hoffman from Philadelphia was born with Symbrachydactly, which didn't allow her to fingers to grow since birth. Shoemaker and a team at Mission College collaborated to produce a 3D Printed Prosthetic hand for Emmy, helping her ride her new bike again.

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