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.

Greece Doctors served by 3D Life Medical Models

Powered with one of most advanced 3D printers, 3D Life is providing medical models to doctors and students in Greece. These high quality models help doctors save many lives each year with pre-diagnostic expertise.

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Dubai plans for 3D Printing

Dubai had it's future office 3d printed recently, and now it is looking for medical field to be taken care by 3D printing technology. The Dubai Health Authority announced to create prosthetic limbs for patients for less than Dh400(108.9$) and develop printable ceramic teeth in less than 20 minutes around 2025. The Authority believes 3D printing will accelerate patients’ healing process by up to 80 per cent.

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SLA 3D Printer creates Anti-Acne Mask

Stereolithographic (SLA)3D Printers have been used by UCL School of Pharmacy and FabRx Ltd researchers to develop anti-acne masks which can deliver the topical salicylate for acne. Using 3D scanner to print nose, and then creating 3d print, this face mask will load salicylic acid topically, providing patients with quick and affordable treatment for acne.

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3D Printing the Brain Cancer Tumors

Scottish scientists from the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh have successfully 3D printed a brain tumor including the Glioblastoma. They believe it will help them develop treatment plans to help 250,000 cancer sufferers worldwide.

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Artist Amy Karle designing a Prototype Hand of Stem cells

Amy Karle, a media artist, is prototyping a hand after she wished an exoskeleton for herself. Working with bioscientist Chris Venter in Pier 9's Bio/Nano Lab and Autodesk materials scientist John Vericella, she is currently developing the hand using Stem cells and Ember printer.

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Fuel3D awarded £1.2M for Custom Eyewear Scanners

Fuel3D Custom Eyewear Scanning

Fuel3D was awarded £1.2M European Union’s Horizon 2020 for developing 3D scanning system for custom eyewear. This scanning system will allow gathering a customer's facial data in a single scan and using it to generate custom eyewear that is designed specifically for them.

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Ira3D enters the Medical Market with Filament Offerings

Ira3D Special Filaments

Ira3D, Italian 3D Printing company, has just entered the 3D Printing market with it's abundance of Thermoplastic filaments targeted to revolutionize medical field. Irabs Bismuto, Gummify Skin, NYLON 680, Nylon Protesis, Nylon Protesis and IRA PP TALC are the special filaments set to harness the benefits of 3D Printing.

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Prostate 3-D Printed for historical surgery

Surgeons in St. Thomas NHS copied live prostate to practice removal of cancerous gland while sparing the nerves. It is a historical breakthrough as copy of organ was used to practice the original surgery right before.

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3D Printing to be Copyrighted?

Copyright lawyer Mark Avsec, partner with Cleveland-based law firm Benesch, believe 3D printing need legal support for which he is currently working on. Since Ohio is becoming the epicentre for Additive manufacturing, designs need to be legalized and copyrighted for the boom of business sector.

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3D Bioprints to aid in Breast Cancer Treatment

Researchers at UPCI and CMU are planning to use 3D printed models for studying breast pre-cancerous disease. This will aid in avoiding over-diagnosis and over-treatment of the tumor by creating 3d bioprinted breast ductal structure.

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Hong Kong Researchers to use 3D Printing for Heart Surgery

Chinese University and the University of Hong Kong have introduced personalised models of complex heart structures using 3D Printing technology. The actual heart structure is first captured via ultrasound imaging, followed by the creation of a silicone model which takes two days. It has been applied on 3 patients, first being a 78 year old woman with several strokes. With this, doctors can now determine proper size of occluder.

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Chinaplas 2016 makes historical breakthroughs

Chinaplas held it's 30th Exhibition featuring 3D Printing at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), China from 25-28th April. Amazed by 13.7% increase in visitors, the event had around 150,000 visitors in 4 days, the largest ever recorded. With 40 ground-breaking techs, it was termed a must-visit show.

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3D Printing will rise in Food and Water Waste Management

With depleting fresh water and growing food wastage, Waste management companies of nations like UK had already started to shift towards 3D Printing for measures. The 3D printing technology is expected to cut this loss by 50% by 2025 with it's innovative recycling measures.

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Medical Gears at RAPID Conference 2016

RAPID CONFERENCE 2016

RAPID Conference was held at Orlando, US from May 17-19,2016. Many world-wide companies attended the conference with zeal and there were many medical gears worth eye catching, including the Titanium hip, Patient Specific device manufacturing and a Custom printed porous skull implant.

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Surgery to see 4D Printed Models

Headed by Dr. Michael Chae, a plastic surgery resident and PhD candidate at the Melbourne, Australia-based Monash University, the research team disclosed how 4D computed tomography (CT) scans of the bones of a patient’s hand could be used to create 4D models. These models, printed by Cube 2 desktop 3D printer, were able to accurately replicate hand movement during thumb abduction, opposition, and key pinch, giving surgeons vital information about a patient’s specific physiology.

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Chinese surgeons use 3D Printed graft for Ankle defect

Patient with Ankle deformity usually undergo surgery taking other bones from the patient to repair the defect part, which is often painful with prolonged recovery. However, Surgeons at Southeast Hospital, China, used 3D Printed implant and fixation plate to replace the defect part.

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3D Printing guides Narrow Cranial Surgery

1 year-old Chen Chen from Yongzhou City, China, was diagnosed with rare skull deformity called Narrow Cranial Disease. Concerned about the intra-cranial pressure complications, Neurosurgeons approached to 3D Printing reconstruction, and Wu Shui Hua’s team was able to go into surgery.

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3D Printed Sensory Hairs are here by MITs

After 3D printed hairs, MITs at cambridge had added further potential to them. These new 3D printed hairs are capable of interacting with environmentand have sensors in them.

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CMU research to introduce Stronger 3D Printed Titatnium

Powder-based 3D printing of titanium often leads to increased porosity of final products and therefore, increased risk of breakage. To investigate this problem, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the Argonne National Laboratory inspected Ti-6Al-4V titanium and learned that as the titanium powder heats, gases trapped in the material can create pores. This issue has been established and yet to be fixed.

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German Paralympian to use 3D Printed Leg

German Paralympian 3D Printed Prosthetic Leg

German Paralympian cyclist, Denise Schindler will be using 3d Printed leg prosthetic for 2016 Rio Olympics. AutoDesk will be providing her with replacement prosthetic, and she believes it is far better as previous plaster prosthetic was slow to produce and relatively expensive.

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Gamer gets a Cyborg 3D Printed Arm

After meeting a horrible accident with a train, James Young, 22 year-old from london, lost his arm just to get a bionic arm for himself. This 4.5kg Cyborg arm, inspired from character Snake of game Metal Gear Solid, is multi-function with some being as battery power at backpack, mood lightings and laser torch.

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J&J alliances with HP for medical products

Johnson and Johnson recently partnered with an HP subsidiary to develop medical and consumer products using 3D Printing. Although believed to be done under pressure after underperforming in Pharmaceutical, J&J is still looking forward to revive their company fortunes.

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Low Cost Otoscope to help diagnose Hearing loss

Group of at Texas A&M University designed an otoscope using 3-D printer which is far cheaper and willl greatly assist in diagnosing hearing losses around the globe. This otoscope, when plugged with smartphone, takes photos inside the ear. Smartphone usage is what makes the otoscope so cheap.

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Canadian Amputee to receive 3D Printed Robotic Hand

Romeo Tucci 3D Printed Hand

Nunavut amputee, Romeo Tucci, suffered frostbite in early April, and was left with two missing hands. With help from his sister, Christina, he approached World of 3D Printing company and will soon be receiving his 3D Printed hands as the parts have already been printed.

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$25 3D Printed Vein Finder can be great assist for Nurses

While Alex, a military automative engineer, designed a cheap cost Vein finder for his girlfriend, it also became a breakthrough how effectiveness of 3D printing can not always mean cost. This Battery powered DIY device is easy to use and penetrates skin, fat tissue and oxygenated blood with ease.

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Nursing Students design 3D Printed Pill Boxes for HIV/AIDS Patients

AIDS is one of the diseases where patients require to take many medications to keep up with increased immunity loss. To tackle the issue of carrying so many pills, nursing students of Caldwell University have developed a unique pillbox for such patients. While the course, they worked on their design with interim director of Jennings LIbrary Ellen Johnston.

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UTSA set to 3D print organs now?

utsa teja guda organ 3d print

Researchers at UTSA are planning to start printing organs by next year. Dr. Guda expresses how regenerating bones and muscle tissues would no longer be a dream in world of medical bioprinting, cutting off the donor's list criteria on large scale.

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Canadian Company receives $1.16M for Uganda Prosthetics

 Canadian Uganda Prosthetics

Nia Technologies, Canadian nonprofit which provides “3D PrintAbility” orthopedic solutions in developing countries, received over $1.5M CAD ($1.16M USD) by Grand Challenges Canada, Google.org, Autodesk Foundation, and Stronger Philanthropy. Already undergone preliminary testing in Uganda in 2015, Nia Technologies will now be helping 225 children and young people to walk with 3d Printed Prosthetics.

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Pope blesses 3D Printing

 Pope blesses 3D Printing

A team of fifteen students from Massimiliano Massimo Institute,Rome, made a 3-D printer which makes prosthetic hands from plastic waste, received blessings from Pope Fracis. These 3d Printers are going to Uganda and Congo to make new hands for people maimed in civil wars, accidents, and by disease after crowd-funding from Crowd4Africa

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Joints are on the list too, What's next?

3D technology is able to print almost everything today, and Joints have just added to list. Although, they were discovered earlier, the new biocompatibility of these new joints structure is really worth-noting. Scientists at Mount Sinai Centre are already preparing the 3d printed joints that can mimic patient's own joints.

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Anatomy classes get their 3D Printed Frogs

3D Printed Frog Model

Scientists of Massey University, New Zealand, have developed 3D Printed Frog skeletons that will help the students learn anatomy. These skeleton and cartilage replicas were printed using a selective laser sintering 3D printer and will provide better approaches to anatomical dissections.

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A*STAR to develop better Titanium-Tantalum Alloy

Titanium Tantalum Alloy

Titanium-Aluminum mixture has been used for 3D Printed Implants already, and have been effective so far. However, researchers from Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore (A*STAR) have developed Titanium-Tantalum mixture that is more potent that traditional Titanium-Aluminum mixture.

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London to see first consumer 3D printed Wheelchair

London studio Layer has unveiled it's 3D printed Wheelchair that is set to go practical. This Wheelchair is made after taking exact dimensions of seats and footrests, while also account for weight of customer. It will take 2 weeks to be create this customized wheelchair.

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Materilise CEO calls for Improved Clinical Guidelines

 Materialise CEO

Fried Vancraen, CEO of Materialise has called upon stakeholders for agreement of common standards of clinical, economical and patient benefits of medical 3D printing. He stated that success can only be achieved with globally accepted set of guidelines helping the medical 3D printing industry to better persuade physicians, hospitals, and policy makers to adopt this increasingly valuable technology.

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3D Printing transforms an African Child's Life

Grace 3D Print Facial Reconstruction

Grace, an 8 year-old from Zambia, Africa was suffering a craniofacial abnormality with further complications from infections. Though being controlled the infection, surgeons had to find a way to re-form her forehead for which they approached 3D Printed Models using CT scans. Following Virtual Surgical Planning, they finally operated with success.

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Expanding e-NABLE to Ghana

After forming an Inter-Continental partnership between Ishmael, Joe and Sena, e-NABLE was founded for Ghana. With no 3D Printers in ghana, they had to deliver 40 pre-printed hands, later to set the remarkable chapter.

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e-NABLING the Uganda Kid

Amos, a young boy from Uganda was helped by Dr. Elizabeth Langran who brought the case to Marymount University. Amos from Arlington Academy of Hope received the prosthetic arm several years later when his real arm was torn off by an animal.

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Smashing the Boris: 3D Printed Tumor

 

Ten year-old Casey Doyle was diagnosed with Synovial cell sarcoma, whose 3D Printed model he first smashed at University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Later, Surgeons at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital removed the tumor in March, and helping get him another 3-D model replica of his tumor using MRI and polylactic acid.

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