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.

LEGO-Like 3D Printable Modular Blocks to Build Customized Lab Instruments

 LEGO LIKE 3D PRINTABLE MODULAR BLOCKS TO BUILD CUSTOMIZED LAB INSTRUMENTS

Researchers and Students at the University of California, Riverside have created a Lego-like system of blocks that will enable users to make chemical and biological research instruments quickly, easily and affordably. The blocks, which are called Multifluidic Evolutionary Components (MECs) because of their flexibility and adaptability are designed to work together, and users can build apparatus--like bioreactors for making alternative fuels or acid-base titration tools.

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Materialise Opens 3D Printing Center of Excellence in Malaysia

 MATERIALISE OPENS 3D PRINTING CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN MALAYSIA

Materialise announced the opening of a new 3D Printing Centre of Excellence in Malaysia which will aim to become a competence center for DLP 3D printing technologies. The teams at the facility will also investigate 3D printing anatomical models and other medical devices with DLP technology to further enhance the functionality of Materialise’s 3D printing software suites for the benefit of end-users working with DLP 3D printers.

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The Alfie Edition UnLimbited Arm 2.0 by 3D Printing

 THE ALFIE EDITION UNLIMBITED ARM 2.0 BY 3D PRINTING

Team UnLimibited has launched its Alfie Edition Arm 2.0 which is a modification of its previous version, the Isabella Edition which had issues with growing anatomy of children and hence its proportionality with user. They have currently hosted the files on Thingyverse through Customizer and are expecting the global users to provide them feedback on the new launch.

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Nasal Endoscopy guided by 3D Printed Skulls

 NASAL ENDOSCOPY GUIDED BY 3D PRINTED SKULLS

Dr. Jose Gurrola, an assistant professor of rhinology at UVA has initiated a program that will involve students practicing nasal endoscopy on 3D Printed Skulls. They can introduce a camera in front of the nose and perform nasal endoscopy virtually, so as to learn hand-eye coordination, learned movement and ways of minimizing any collateral damage to patients of chronic recurring sinusitis, chronic upper respiratory infections, severe nasal obstructions, nose bleeds, etc.

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The Iron Man Arm to Pakistani Child

 THE IRON MAN ARM TO PAKISTANI CHILD BALOCH BIONIK

Mir Bayyaan Baloch, a kid from Pakistan was born with a partially developed arm when engineers at Bioniks, Bayyaan decided to present him 3D printed prosthetic arm. The 3D Printed Prosthetic Arm took 2-3 days to print which was added with his favourite "Super Hero" touch and Bayyaan could now move his fingers with the help of his elbow movement and hold things

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Stratasys to display J750 3D Printer at TCT Show

Stratasys to display J750 3D Printer at TCT Show

Making its debut at this year's TCT show in Birmingham will be Stratasys’ recently-launched J750 3D printer, reportedly the world’s only full colour, multi-material 3D printer. The J750 is designed for prototypes, as well as tooling, moulds, jigs and fixtures and its unique 3D printing capabilities enable users for the first time to combine full colour gradients with a range of materials to achieve the most realistic parts in the industry, easily and without post-processing.

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17-year Old aims to Recycle, reFORM, Reprint

Aaron Westbrook aims to Recycle reFORM Reprint with Kickstarter Campaign

17-year old Aaron Westbrook from Ohio is seeking e-NABLE to create 3D Printed Prosthetics which will have much less impact on the environment. With his official non-profit organization, Form5, he is developing ways to make low-cost 3D printed devices from reused and recycled plastic, especially ABS and PLA. He has also started a Kickstarter campaign to grab some funds to buy the tools required for this innovative idea.

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Weird can be Wonderful: Ted Talk of Owens and e-NABLE

Weird can be Wonderful Ted Talk of Owens and e NABLE

Ten-year-old Torrae Owen and her father Ivan Owen, were recently invited to talk about their gift that keeps on giving at TEDxFoggyBottom in Washington, D.C. They were the one who developed a 3D printed prosthetic hand for a child named Liam through e-NABLE. Ivan currently participates with e-NABLE as a volunteer designer and Torrae has learned how to make hands and how to teach others to do so.

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Printrbot 3D Printer gets Repurposed into High-Quality Bio-Extraction Instrument

PRINTRBOT 3D PRINTER GETS REPURPOSED INTO HIGH QUALITY BIO EXTRACTION INSTRUMENT

Researchers from Advancing Innovations Biosciences have developed a Bio-sample collection solution using an open source Printrbot Play 3D printer for $750. Team at AI Biosciences took a low-cost Printrbot Play, modified it by replacing the extruder with a magnet based tip-comb attachment and further used that to conduct particle-based nucleic acid extractions. Then they programmed the 3D printer to move about its available axis to collect up to 12 samples simultaneously in under 13 minutes.

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Biocompatible Implants by Evonik to replace metal ones

 BIOCOMPATIBLE IMPLANTS BY EVONIK TO REPLACE METAL ONES

Team of researchers at German Chemical Company, Evonik have developed 3d printed biocompatible implants as a substitute for metal implants with advantage of easy absorbability by human body. This 3D Printed biocompatible material will slowly dissolve inside bone as it heals, thereby eliminating need for surgical procedure.

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FDA Principal Investigator seeks Feedback

 FDA PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR SEEKS FEEDBACK

The FDA issued draft guidance on 3D-printed devices in May and has already cleared 85 medical devices and one prescription drug manufactured via 3D printing. The guidance has been open for comments until August while the officials note the rules stop short of addressing products that involve biological material.

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3D Printed Phantoms for Molecular Radiotherapy Dosimetry

 3D PRINTED PHANTOMS FOR MOLECULAR RADIOTHERAPY DOSIMETRY

Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) imaging calibrating with 3D printed phantoms have appeared to be the best for patient-specific absorbed dose calculations for molecular radiotherapy requiring accurate activity quantification. These 3D printed phantom inserts can significantly improve the accuracy of whole organ activity quantification for molecular radiotherapy and are cost effective and efficient way.

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Ti-Life Tech 3D Titanium Interbody Devices by Spineart

 TI LIFE TECH 3D TITANIUM INTERBODY DEVICES BY SPINEART

Spineart has announced that it received CE marking for its new JULIET lumbar inter-body systems with Ti-LIFE Technology that isultra-compact, sterile packed and bar-coded for increased safety, procedure compliance and cost-efficiency. The Ti-Life micro-porous scaffold mimics the bone trabecular structure and features interconnected pores of 600 μm to 700 μm and an overall porosity of 70-75% designed to enable cell colonization and promote bone in-growth.

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Virtual Skin 3D FAM IV Trainer to revolutionize Medical Education

 VIRTUAL SKIN 3D FAM IV TRAINER TO REVOLUTIONIZE MEDICAL EDUCATION

Gary Chang & Michael Lu, the FAM technology developers from Stanford have developed an IV Injection Trainer based on cutting edge 3D printing FAM technology. It was presented at recently held CES Asia conference in Shanghai and now has been extended for clinical use to medical students offering a human-like touch with its silicone pad and more durablibility. It can be easily customized as per preferred hardness, skin color, vein diameter & depth.

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Meet Little Alfie: The Bionic Boy

 LITTLE ALFIE THE BIONIC BOY

Alfie from Ballynahinch in Co. Down was born without his right hand when Megan Tissington from Dublin designed the robotic arm for him as part of her final year project at The National College of Art and Design. The project is called “aumentarM” which is a 3D printed arm and hand system for children aged between four and 12 years.

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Wacker Chemie to Debut World's First industrial 3D printer for Silicones at "K 2016"

 Wacker Chemie to Debut Worlds First industrial 3D printer for Silicones at K 2016

The first ever Industrial 3D Printer for Silicones by Germany’s Wacker Chemie will be showcased at “K 2016” trade fair on 19th October at Düsseldorf / Germany. The “ACEO” Imagine Series K printer uses a drop-on-demand method where tiny silicone droplets are deposited on a substrate by layering process to produce a homogeneous product that does not differ much from injection-moulded parts.

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SME announces 2016 SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition Winners

3D Print Competition Stratasys SME

SME, working with Stratasys, sponsored a student additive manufacturing competition at the 52nd annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 21-23 with aim to help contestants better understand additive manufacturing applications. Out of 22 teams, 6 teams won Prizes including scholarships from the SME Education Foundation, a MakerBot Mini printer, 3D mouse, and SolidWorks 3D CAD design software.

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The 9000$ Bio-Printer that 3D Prints Bone from Scratch

Aether 1 Bioprinter

Aether 1 bioprinter is one of the 3D Bio-Printers that is capable of printing two bones connected by a tendon using six materials that include synthetic bone, conductive ink, stem cells and graphene oxide. When usual bio-printers may cost upto 200,000$, the Aether 1 Bio-printer costs only 9000$ and they will be rolled out soon after some donations to researchers and universities.

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Evonik alliances with HP to develop 3D Printing Materials for HP Open Platform

 EVONIK ALLIANCES WITH HP TO DEVELOP 3D PRINTING MATERIALS FOR HP OPEN PLATFORM

With launch of Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution, the first 3D Printer by HP which is “ten times faster, half the cost”, the company had been looking for new powders for the Jet Fusion printer, for which they announced an Open Platform model calling developers for the Powder Materials. Evonik, a German specialty chemicals maker, has replied to the call and going in partnership with HP to produce new powder 3D printing materials for the HP Jet Fusion 3D printer. Other material developing company including Arkema from France and BASF from Germany had also joined the venture.

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Plant-Based Prosthetics: AMPOFORM by Innventia

Plant Based Prosthetics AMPOFORM by Innventia

With funds received from Vinnova, Innventia has started it's project AMPOFORM (Additive Manufacturing of Prosthetic products based on Forest Raw Materials) which will utilize nano-cellulose and carbon fiber sourced from lignin to produce Prosthetics. Since these 3D Printed Prosthetics will be produced from plant-based material, the team believes it will reduce burden on fossil-based materials and simultaneously create environment-friendly methods.

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Hammertoes Treatment with 3D Printed Implants by Additivie Orthopaedics

 HAMMERTOES TREATMENT WITH 3D PRINTED IMPLANTS BY ADDITIVIE ORTHOPAEDICS

Additive Orthopaedics, company specializing in additively manufactured surgical solutions, recently announced that it has successfully treated a series of patients suffering from painful hammertoes with its 3D printed hammertoe implant, which was recently cleared by FDA. While Greg Kowalczyk, President and Founder of Additive Orthopaedics, believes it was only possible with 3D Printing, he stated company is expected to get good response.

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American Process Inc. Partners With Swansea University to Develop 3D Printed Tissue Using Nanocellulose

American Process Inc. Partners With Swansea University to Develop 3D Printed Tissue Using Nanocellulose

American Process Inc. (API), an Atlanta-based company dedicated to the development of renewable biomass materials, has entered into a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Swansea University Medical School in Wales to develop 3D printed cartilage to be used for facial reconstruction. Under this JDA, cells will be blended with various formulations of nano-cellulose scaffold material and 3D-printed into tissues for reconstructive surgery.

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e-NABLING SPAIN with CIFP Don Bosco

 e NABLING SPAIN CIFP Don Bosco

CIFP Don Bosco, a vocational training center located in the Basque Country of Spain, began working with 3D printers and soon its students and staff signed up with e-NABLE as volunteers. They immediately met two recipients from Mexico – 54 year old Rodolfo and 57 year old Gustavo for which Don Bosco students created the Flexy Hand 2 model. Since then, CIFP Don Bosco is working with e-NABLE to help people requiring prosthetics for a better life.

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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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