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 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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Project ALAN stands against Stroke

 Project ALAN

Student researchers from University of Leeds, UK, have developed Project ALAN (Advanced upper-Limb Autonomous Neuro-rehabilitation) with its first component being myPAM, an assistive system engineered to help NHS deal with Stroke. To help post-stroke patients move and re-engage their upper limb muscles,they will be assisted by myPAM which has been 3D printed using OctoPrint.

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4Web Medical launches 3D Printed Posterior Spine Truss System

 4Web launches Posterior Spine Truss

4WEB Medical recently announced at the North American Spine Society annual meeting in Chicago that the company has launched its Posterior Spine Truss System in the U.S. market. This Posterior Spine Truss System will provide treatment options to lumbar spine patients and one of the finest implants.

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Z3DLAB and InssTek partner to develop Medical 3D Printing Techs

 Z3DLAB partners Insstek

On june 5th, InssTek Korea and Z3DLAB France announced partnership and deployment of ZTi-Powder® and ZTi-Med® on InssTeks product line repair for Orthopedic Implant market and Aeronautics sector. InssTek metal surface coatings applied to orthopedic implants, allow a three-dimensional interconnected array of pores throughout the coating thickness while Z3DLAB will provide non-toxic coating.

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3D Printed Muscles for Robots

 3D Printed Robotic Muscles

An international team, lead by Kwang Kim with University of Nevada, is now developing artificial muscles to give robots the ability to grasp, stretch, and squish objects. These muscles will be printed using a 3D printed electroactive polymer called Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites, which is a synthetic material that changes shape in response to electricity.

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3D Printed Pizza for Astronauts: says NASA

 3D Printed Pizza Nasa

BeeHex, a Texas company commissioned by NASA, has developed a device to 3D Print pizzas for astronauts who are scheduled to go Mars around 2030. While this device will churn out fine pizzas within half a minute, the bio-ink is edible and will roll out its manufacture soon.

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Organovo Conference calls for Organs

Organovo Conference 2016

With successful launch of it's product exVive3D™ Human Liver Tissue in November 2014, Organovo Holdings company has started to extend its feet in the market of 3D Printing. With Skin tissue agreement with L'Oreal and the bio-ink deal with Merck, company is looking forward for further research developments in the upcoming months as stated in the recent conference.

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Ankle Foot Orthosis by University Students

Ankle Foot Orthosis

A team of students from Gonzaga University have developed an Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) which can be 3D Printed within 2 days compared to weeks. This AFO is produced after using 3D Scanner to get accurate measurements, and then printing it using CAD software.

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3D Systems releases Virtual Training for TAPP Inguinal Hernia Repair

 3D Printed TAPP Virtual Simulation Inguinal Hernia

3D Systems announced today the release of their Virtual Reality Training module for Laparoscopic Transabdominal Preperitoneal (TAPP) Inguinal Hernia Repair. This new module will be available on on 3D Systems’ LAP Mentor laparoscopic surgical simulator and company’s RobotiX Mentor simulator and will serve for improved medical training and better patient outcomes.

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SkinResQU plans to 3D Print Human Skin

3D Printed Skin

SkinResQU, Centre for skin research at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers, is planning to 3D Print human skin with purpose of transplants and testing medical treatments. Since the prohibition of animal skin, it is difficult for clinical trials and donated skin parts aren't sufficient, 3D Printed Skin appears to be the perfect solution.

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Smarttech unveils it's Scan3dMed

Although there are already many 3D scanners in market, Smarttech, Polish company, has introduced it's powerful scan3dmed scanner that can full scan whole body in 0.7 seconds. With 430 x 110 x 220 mm scanner, doctors can now instantly plan 3D prints for custom prosthetics, accessories and mobility devices with increased patient's convenience.

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3D Print Adapter to solve Oculus Rift CV1 Lens fitting

New Oculus Rift CV1 virtual reality headset hardware is somewhat tricky for glass users. Thanks to 3D printer design for Oculus Rift CV1 prescription lens adapter by Thingiverse member Jegstad, this issue is finally resolved.

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Made in Space plans to convert Asteroids into Spacecraft

With Project RAMA (Reconstituting Asteroids into Mechanical Automata), Made in Space with Additive Manufacturing plans to convert free floating asteroid into spacecraft. Earth has always suffered lack of minerals, and these asteroids with guided 3D Printing on them will force them transport themselves to mining facilities.

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Artec and Threeding to produce Free Anatomy Models

Artec,developer and manufacturer of professional 3D hardware and software and platform for 3D printing models Threeding.com, have announced today about their new collaborative project to produce a variety of 3D models based on the anatomy of animals. To combat the price issues, Threeding.com have announced that the collection of 40 models will be made entirely free to aid veterinary students and biological scientists.

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Conjoined Twins separated using 3D Printed Model

Conjoined Twins 3D Print

10 months old conjoined twins, Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith were facing difficulties as their organs were attached and couldn't be operated easily. However, surgeons at Texas Children’s Hospital used Materialise’s Mimics software to design a 3D-printed model using CT scans and finally separated them successfully after 30 hours and 26 clinicians team.

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