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.

e-NABLING a Mother with 3D Printed Hand

Nini, a young woman who had lost her hand after an accident, was expecting a baby when e-NABLE found her. Christian Schild helped her 3D print her hand after 2 months of hurdles of lacking material. While the Indonesian woman is happy for her new life with her child, 3D Printing continues to serve the world.

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3D Printed Partial-Finger Prosthetic

3D Printed Partial Finger Prosthetic

Nick Brookins, media services engineer at Akamai Technologies was left with amputed finger in the hospital after a motorcycle accident in the mountains near San Diego. Inspired by the original Owen Replacement Finger design, he then developed his own 3D Printed Prosthetic called the Knick Finger from scratch using OpenScad code and printing it on his Printrbot Simple. The 3D Printed Knick Finger also protects his very sensitive nerve endings and reduces pain, he stated.

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e-NABLE volunteer dedicates life to transform 3D Printing into Helping Hand

e NABLE volunteer dedicates life to transform 3D Printing into Helping Hand

Aaron Brown of AXISLAB3D, an e-NABLE Community volunteer and sponsor of January CREATE T.I.M.E Design Challenge started working on 3D Printing when he sold his truck to buy first ROBO3D Printer. Till date, he has created over 50 devices for children in need with his most recent recipient, a young girl and her family who came to visit him at his 3D print shop in Grand Rapids, MI.

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Boy gets Hand for Cat's Cradle

Yukako, a japanese mother, was inspired by the 3D printed prosthetics being delivered around the globe. After downloading the blueprints from the internet, she instantly reached 3D prnting companies and brought a prosthetic hand for his son, Siego. Unhappy with simple design, she approached e-NABLE for help, who printed them Cyborg Design Hand.

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Chile boy receives Spiderman hand 3D printed

Anthonny, a four year-old boy in chile recently received a prosthetic hand from e-NABLE. With 4 member e-NALBE team, Prohand3D developed a prosthetic hand for anthonny after Team Unlimbited arm design, which was printed resembling Spiderman.

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Stryker Spine Division to introduce Tritanium PL Cage

Stryker Titatnium PL Cage

Stryker’s Spine division has developed Tritanium Posterior Lumbar (PL) Cage, a 3D-printed inter-vertebral body fusion device that aids in lumbar spinal fixation for patients with degenerative disc disease. This will be introduced at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting April 30–May 4, 2016, in Chicago and is expected to be widely available for orthopaedics and neurosurgeons in mid-2016.

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Stratasys and Jacobs Institute to establish 3D Printing Centre

Partnering with Jacob Institute, Stratasys is going to open Centre of Excellence to advance the use of medical devices. This new COE will aim to develop and test new medical devices, enrich clinical education and serve as a referral center for hospitals.

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MEDICREA grabs FDA Approval UNiDâ„¢ for Cervical Rod

Medicrea Unid Cervical Rod

Medicrea, announced FDA approval of the first-ever patient-specific UNiD™Cervical rod for spine surgery, secured by their complementary PASS OCT® posterior cervical stabilization system. Being the only medical device company offering patient-specific implant solutions for spinal conditions, it rolled out it's first implantation of the UNiD™ Patient-Specific Cervical Rod in New York City on February 17,2016.

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Orthopaedician shifts from virtual model to 3d prints

Boyd Goldie, an orthopaedic doctor in london, has started working with Ultimaker 2+, a software that converts medical scans to printable models. This free open software adds to the charm of 3D printing of the models, which help the doctor to get most of this technology.

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Polish Artificial Heart 3D printed on Zortrax M200

 Zortrax M200 Printed Artifical Heart

Researchers from the Cybernetics Department of the Military University of Technology in Warsaw have developed 3D Printed Artificial Hearts from Zortrax M200 3D printers, which are currently being used for research purpose solely. However, company is looking forward to use these Artificial 3D Printed Hearts as transplants in patients.

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3D Printed Mini-Brains for Zika Virus

 3D Printed Mini Brains for Zika Virus

Researchers at Johns Hopkin's University in Baltimore have developed cost-effective ways of growing mini-brains in lab, which will be used to study the Zika virus. These Mini-Brains were grown by 3D Printed Bio-reactors designed by high school students and using neural stem cells, and will help in developing treatment regimes for Zika virus.

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SLA 3D Printer is worth manufacturing Oral Tablets

 SLA 3D Printed Oral Tablets

Researchers from the University College London’s School of Pharmacy have concluded that 3D Printers using Stereolithography (SLA) technology are most viable and potent for manufacturing oral tablets for prescription drugs. This will allow them to keep the drugs contained with the “solidified matrices” thus reducing degradation and enhancing drug action.

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3D Printed Press-to-act Anti-Microbial Bandages

 3D Printed Anti Microbial Bandage

Xiaolei Wang, and his colleagues from NanChang University, have developed antibacterial materials based on silver nanoparticles enclosed in carbon membranes that act as switchable capsules. These switchable smart bandages, when pressed, causes the layers to interact, releasing the active silver particles and changing the color from white to orange, showing the bandage is on.

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Materialise announces agreement with Canon Lifecare Solutions

 Materialise Canon Agreement

Materialise announced the signing of an agreement to see Canon Lifecare Solutions distributing software solutions from the Materialise Mimics Innovation and Care Suites in Japan. With this agreement, users of workstations and 3D printers offered by Canon Lifecare Solutions will be able to benefit from Materialise’s open and flexible software solutions.

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3D Printed Ears with Hearing aids cheaper than glasses

Children born with ear deformities can now receive prosthetic ears that come with Hearing aids fitted. This silicone made 3D ear will be fitted within few hours. Researchers at Queensland are already working on stage two of cosmetics and will be available within 2 years as they received funding from national government.

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3D Printed Skull saves Korean Woman

 3D Printed Skull South Korea

After arriving at ER of Chung-Ang University Hospital, South Korean Woman was diagnosed with Subarachnoid Brain Hemorrhage following CT scans confirmation. As the brain collapsed, patient needed skull transplant for which the neurosurgeons approached to 3D Printed Skull using pure titanium.

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What's new in 3D Printed Plaster for fractures?

NovaCast, a mexican mediprint, creates customized 3D printed Plaster cast which overweighs normal plaster in every concept. It doesn't absorb sweat, causes less skin infections, is 1/10th light-weighted, invisible to x-rays and you can take bath while wearing it. There's no way ordinary plaster can beat this 3.5 hours-to-make 3D printed plaster cast.

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Curriculum for Bronchoscopy by 3D Systems

 Bronchoscopy Curriculum 3D Print

3D Systems, a 3D printer company, recently announced its standardized curriculum for Bronchoscopy on the Simbionix BRONCH Mentor™ virtual reality training simulator in collaboration with American College of Chest Physicians(CHEST). This Curriculum Module for Essential Bronchoscopic Skills and Diagnostic Bronchoscopy is targeted to provide most relevant training and assessment within a realistic mode of practice.

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MatterHackers join hands with e-NABLE

 MatterHackers join eNABLE

MatterHackers has announced its partnership with e-NABLE community to to create the first comprehensive online retail hub for educators and volunteer groups. e-NABLE Hub will be utilizing MatterHackers’ expertise to choose the right 3D printer, filament, and accessories for a project, as well as offer recommendations from the e-NABLE community.

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"Printing with Purpose" Campaign receives 35 Prosthetics for e-NABLE

 Printing with a Purpose

The four day annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) event in Las Vegas had its "Printing with a Purpose" campaign held by Robo3D for funding e-NABLE Community Foundation. Robo3D announced that they received 35 3-D Printed Prosthetics which were used in Enable Community Foundation's recent 'Hand-a-thon' held on the expo floor during BodyHacking Con in Austin.

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3D Printed Ovaries to arrive for Women

Researchers team led by Dr. Monica stated at Boston Endocrine's Society-"we developed this implant with downstream human applications in mind" after the successful performance review of 3D printed ovaries in mice. The researchers had already planned to deliver this promising hope to women who can't have babies.

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UAE opens Metal 3D Printing Facility

 UAE Metal Printing Facility

The company Sinterex has established a facility in Ras al-Khaimah, which is about a 1.5 hour drive from Dubai. Sinterex plans to concentrate its printing efforts on regional energy, aviation, and manufacturing firms, and the company will also offer market research and consulting services.

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3D Printing the Custom Prosthetic Arm Sockets

 Custom Prosthetic Sockets Neya

Emelie Strömshed from School of Engineering at Lund University in Sweden, has developed a step-by-step process to combine prosthetic arm socket CAD data with 3D scan data of a patients residual limbs to create perfectly fitting 3D printed prosthetic arm sockets. This process is intended to guide prosthetist without requiring extensive experience in CAD and also allows socket to be adopted for passive and active myoelectric prostheses.

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Bodycad OnCall Custom Orthopaedic Restorations for Surgeons

 BodyCad OnCall

BodyCad, a Quebec City-based developer and manufacturer of personalized orthopaedics, announced the introduction of Bodycad OnCall, its personalized, individually manufactured orthopaedic restorations for complex cases. The Bodycad OnCall is supposed to help surgeons with flexibility in design and manufacturing of a fully personalized restoration and considered ideal for oncology, revision and osteotomy.

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Human TMJ discs to be engineered by 3-D Prints

3-D prints under National Health Services will be producing fibrocartilaginous matrix to provide as an alternative to current treatments of temporomandibular joint disorders and hence engineering TMJ discs.

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Eyenavision partners with Roger Bacon for 3D Printed Eyewears

 Eyenavision 3d print

Eyenavision, Inc. is announced it will be the exclusive distributor of Roger Bacon Eyewear in the United States. ECPs that provide Roger Bacon Eyewear will receive a scanner and visualization unit which allow 3D Printing frames according to specific customers facial data.

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MetalFab1 grabs Red Dot Award

 Additive Industries MetalFab1 Red Dot Award

Additive Industries and its design partner VanBerlo have won Red Dot Award for their industrial 3D metal printing system, MetalFAB1. This printer is the company’s first integrated additive manufacturing machine for high-end metal parts, and its VanBerlo-designed exterior reflects advanced industrial technology’s aesthetics.

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3D Printed Splints to support Paralysis

3D Printed Splints

Morriston Hospital in Swansea is testing a revolutionary and attracting looking new Splint to help people with damaged brachial plexus causing paralysis, by connecting the spine to the upper limbs. This research project is the result of Mr.Lloyd, surgical design expert Dominic Eggbeer and 26-year-old patient Tom Wheeler and is being trialed by kickboxing champ Leif Thobroe.

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3D Biopens to introduce Heights

3D printing technology has been used to print several parts of human body, but it's on call use has never been so fascinating. The new Biopen uses hyrdogel bio-inkto create mid-surgery cartilage implants which yield a cell survival rate of an impressive 97 percent, and further extends the realm of possibility for 3D printing in medicine.

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FAU Students build hopes for Sierra Leone Survivor

 Sierra Leone 3D Print

Damba Koroma, a survivor of Sierra Leone Civil war was left without a hand, thanks to Florida Atlantic University engineering graduate students who build her 3D Printed Prosthetic hand out of their pockets. Weinthal and Coarsey are now looking forward with bigger hopes for their "The Bionic Glove Project".

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Mark 1 to be first 3D Printed 50,000$ Humanoid Robot

After spending 50k$ on 3D Printed Humanod Robot, Mark 1, the graphic designer, Ricky Ma from Hong Kong finally completed his dream project. Although "She" looks like Scarlett Johansson, this humanoid is designed to perform complex functions. Ricky is currently looking for investors who would buy her.


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3D Printed TiO2-ABS Filaments for Environment Pollutants

 3d Print Tio2 ABS Filament America University

Researchers at American University have developed process for generating TiO2-ABS nanocomposite filaments for application in 3D printing. Using these 3D Printed Filaments, they will now experiment on determining an optimal printed shape for applications that involve photocatalytic removal of environmental pollutants.

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Shanghai Funeral Home 3D Printing for Damaged Corpses

Longhua Funeral Parlor, a funeral home in Shanghai, has started 3D Printing body parts for damaged corpses replacing the traditional use of wax or sludge. The whole process involves building multiple layers of material on top of each other to construct a three-dimensional product.

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GuardLab gets a new Brand Ambassador

 GuardLab Bautista

GuardLab, a 3d scanning mouthguard company, announced "Joey Bats" Bautista as their new brand ambassador and athlete to advisory board. One of the brands is Lower Performance Mouthguard, a unique neuromuscular guard, developed with the help of two world-class dentists using proprietary methods.

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The 3D Printed Heart Library is indeed priceless

 3D Printed Heart Library

3D Printed Hearts have been used by surgeons since long as the perfect virtual guide to surgeries. Since the Jump Trading Center of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center opened back in 2013, there have been alot of advancement, and now they have whole library with more than 40 3D printed hearts.

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First 3D Printed Drug to get FDA Approval

U.S Food and Drug Administration has approved 3d printed drug for the first time. Aprecia pharmaceuticals 3D printed Spiritam, generic of levetiracetam, which will be used to treat epilepsy. This 3D printed drug is made by ZipDose technique, with better solubility.

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Italian Hospital uses 3D Printed Implants for Cancer

 3d print italy cancer implants

Italy’s National Institute of Rome Tumori Regina Elena, Cancer surgical center, became the first hospital in the nation to use customized titanium implants to repair bones damaged by bone cancer (Osteosarcoma). The prosthetic implants were 3D printed in titanium using an Arcam electron beam melting (EBM) process with Sicily-based 3D printing services provider Mt. Ortho.

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Nano Dimensions files patent for 3D Printed Shielded Conductors

 Nano Dimensions Patent

Nano Dimensions ltd announced today that they filed a patent application with US for printing of shielded conductors combined in a Printed Circuit Board (PCB). They have developed a 3d printing method that creates printed sheaths to shield conductors like insulated cables.

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3D Printing and Computer Simulation pave way for Medical Trials


Scientists are now working with Computer simulation and 3D Printing to develop faster and safer ways of testing medical devices without actually installing them in live humans. Since these medical devices for heart and vascular diseases will be tested on 3D Printed models, the long list of Animal testing, Clinical trials and FDA approval will be surpassed.

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