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.

Rare Cancer fixed by 3D Printed Titanium Vertebrae Implant

 Australia Cancer Vertebra 3D Print

Drage Josevski was diagnosed with Chordoma, a rare type of bone cancer, which grew in his spine. Dr. Ralph Mobbs of the Sydney Spine Clinic turned to medical device company Anatomics seeking help with this case, which finally produced 3D printed titanium implant that would replace the cancerous vertebrae. The operation took 15 hours and was successful one.

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Metamason closes $3M for 3D Printed CPAP Masks

Metamason is the first company to 3D print CPAP masks, used for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. With $3M raised by seed funding from 3P Equity Partners, company is currently looking forward for FDA Clearance & Clinical Trials For 3D Printed CPAP Masks.

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3D Printed Gas Delivery System for Pulmonary MRI Research

 Gas Delivery System 3D Print

Researchers from University of California, San Diego, have developed Gas Delivery System for delivering inspired gas to research subjects in the MRI environment. Using SolidWorks, the team was able to model the Bypass Flow Attachment, then slice and prepare it in G-code using the MakerWare software that accompanied their MakerBot Replicator 2 printer.

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Denver University Researches use BioBots to Print Body Parts

 Denver University BioBots 3D Printing

Researchers at Denver University are currently working with a 3D bioprinter called BioBots after forming a partnership with Denver’s 3D Printing Store. This will allow them to create made-to-order replicas of organs, tissues and other parts, while they have already started printing custom replicas of heart valves using patients’ MRIs and CT scans.

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Origami inspires Tiny Surgical Devices

 Origami inspires 3D Print BYU

Researchers at Brigham Young University have begun experimenting origami based 3D Printing to create miniature versions surgical tools. These surgical tools will allow surgeons to make such small incisions that no sutures are necessary for post-op healing.

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The REDAPT Cup: Smith & Nephew Unveils 3D Printed Titanium Hip Implant

 Smith and Nephew RedApt Titanium Hip Implant

Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology business, unveiled their new REDAPT™ Revision Acetabular Fully Porous Cup with CONCELOC™ Technology at American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting in Orlando. The entirely porous implant are 3D Printed to allow ingrowth while mimicking structure of cancellous bone with locking screws.

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3D Printed Maps help the Blind and Visually Impaired

Jason Kim and Howon Lee, undergraduate students of Joseph Kohn Training Center, Livingston, 3D printed a set of maps for their university. Exclaiming- "Students have to memorize everything, because they can’t carry the map with them", they added the exploratory technology for the the blinds community.

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3D Printed Sports Helmet that will Hold your Head

 3D Printed Sports Helmet that will Hold your Head

Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are working on 18-month study in collaboration with Autodesk Research, a 3-D design software company, to design the helmet that can prevent brain injuries suffered in sports. Experimenting on different materials for the Helmet, Silicone seems to be perfect for foam pads while they will continue to patent new discovering during the on-going project.

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Phoenix Surgeons showcases 3D Printed Facial Reconstruction

 Phoenix Surgeons showcases 3D Printed Facial Reconstruction

Jake Reynolds from Glendale was rushed to HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center in Phoenix where doctors found his whole face was crushed like pulp and required Facial Reconstruction. Luckily, Dr. Pablo Prichard was working as the trauma surgeon on the floor who used a high-definition CT scan to develop a 3-D printed implant to reconstruct Reynold’s face.

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Stratasys with CYBER Team to transform 3D Printed Orthotic Devices

 Stratasys Cyber Team Orthotics

The University of Michigan has partnered with Altair Engineering and Stratasys to form the CYBER team and work together to leverage 3D printing and Industry 4.0 to transform Ankle Foot Orthotics (AFO). To accomplish this, the CYBER team will create the digital workflow for additive manufacturing (AM) design, while connecting the digital thread in a cloud-based cyber physical system.

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Materialise Will Unveil Software Suite for Hospital 3D Printing

 3D Printing Materialise Software for Hospitals

At the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Materialise will be introducing a new software suite for 3D printing in hospitals. The suite will allow hospitals to create better pre-operation plans, master 3D printing file preparations, 3D print anatomical models for complex cases, and integrate 3D printing into the surgical workflow.

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Onkos Surgical Uses 3D Printed Medical Model for Cancer Case

 Oncos Surgical 3D Print Cancer

Dr. Francis Patterson, the Attending Musculoskeletal Oncology Physician and Assistant Professor at University Hospital in Newark, was helped with 3D Printed model of a tumor which was to be resected from a patient's pelvic region. The CT scan and Imaging technology of the patient’s pelvic tumor and surrounding bone and tissues were used to 3D print the model .

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Indian Doctors approach 3D Printing

 3D Print Human Kidney

Doctors at Sir HN Hospital,Mumbai, printed a 3D kidney, which helped the surgeons to easily tackle surgery on a patient who had a cancerous tumour on the kidney. Dr Inderbir S Gill, performed a partial nephrectomy — a procedure where only the part of kidney is removed — on the patient, Mushtaq Ahmed, 48 after using 3D Printed Kidney for virtual surgery.

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Australian neurosurgeon swaps Cancer Vertebrae with 3D Print

Australian neurosurgeon, Ralph Mobbs, successfully removed cancer-riddled vertebrae of his patient Drage Josevski who was suffering from Chordoma. After removal, the 3D printed body part was used as replacement for the vertebrae. After 15 hour surgery, patient was under screening for progress.

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Croatian Cancer Patient gets 3D Printed Ear

 Croatian Cancer Patient gets 3D Printed Ear

Faculty of Medicine at the University of Rijeka completed a complicated operation by attaching a 3D-printed ear to a patient who lost his ear due to skin cancer (Basal Cell Carcinoma). On February 20, Dr. Dubravko Manestar attached the ear which was made from biocompatible silicone.

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Korean Rokit introduces Invivo to take Bioprinting Market

 Rokit Edison Invivo Bioprinter

Rokit, South Korean 3D printing company, received $3M from government last year as a boost and has now appeared with its Edison Invivo 3D Printer to take on Bio-printing market. Edison Invivo uses a bio ink to produce cell structures in the form of organic tissue, and compatible biomaterials include PLGA, PCL, PLLA, collagen, Alginate, Silk fibroi.

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Effects of 3D Printing on Health: RMIT Research

 RMIT University Effects of 3D Print on Health

Researchers from the School of Science have found photopolymers used in 3D printing which are toxic and exposure them can potentially pose health and environmental risks. Though these health risks are currently unknown but allergies through skin contacts are possible, as skin is the most common route of exposure to photopolymers during handling of parts and 3D printing materials.

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3D Printer to replace Real Organs

Researchers at Wake Forest University, North Carolina, say they have created a 3D printer that can actually replace real tissues, organs and bones in human body. Although the research has been performed at mice only, the success was a miracle without any necrosis or signs of cell death.

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Zimmer Biomet receives FDA 510(k) clearance for Unite3D Bridge Fixation System

 Zimmer Biomet receives FDA 510k clearance for Unite3D Bridge Fixation System

Zimmer Biomet Holdings, a global leader in musculoskeletal healthcare received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Unite3D™ Bridge Fixation System. It is a 3D-printed technology designed to offer stability in foot and ankle arthrodesis (joint fusion) surgery and includes an osteo-conductive matrix designed to provide for biological incorporation.

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OneRing for Parkinsonsim by 15 year-old

OneRing Parkinson

Utkarsh Tandon, an Indian American kid from California, 3d printed a medical device for Parkisnon's patients called OneRing inspired by Lord of Rings movie for which he won California State Science Fair and given grant from UCLS Brain Research Institute. The plastic ring contains a microchip and records wearer’s movements as Dyskinesia, Bradykinesia, and tremor.

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RTI Grants Exclusive License to OPM for Spinal Implants

 RTI Grants Exclusive License to OPM for Spinal Implants

RTI Surgical Inc., a leading global surgical implant company, announced a new agreement with Oxford Performance Materials, Inc. (OPM), a pioneer in advanced materials and additive manufacturing (3-D printing) for Biomedical Applications. The agreement, effective from Feb. 4, 2016, grants RTI an exclusive license to OPM’s OsteoFab® technology platform for Spinal Applications in all U.S. market.

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3D Printed Hair Prosthesis for Cancer Patients

After heavy chemotherapy, Cancer patients lose their hair on head, which often drains further juice of life.  Thanks to 3D Printing by Transitions Hair Solutions, which has provided hair prosthesis to cancer patients for years.

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Scientists 3D Print Liver closest to Real one

Scientists at University of California, San Diego, have successfully 3D Printed Human Liver model, almost resembling human liver with its hexagonal structure. With combination of liver cells and supporting cells, this model can help pharmaceutical companies to develop better treatment plans.

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Can 3D Printing be Hazardous to Health?

A team of researchers from three universities including the Illinois Institute of Technology, recently published a Journal regarding emissions from 3D Printers concerning about health hazards of 3D Printing. PLA filament emitting lactide bits and ABS filaments emitting Styrene were worth concerning, however, the exposure levels need to be high enough for them to be effectively harmful.

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3D Prints help Blinds explore the images

Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany, have developed a new kind of display called Linespace. This 3D printed display is more of on-demand image printing which can help blind people to re-discover what the actual world feels like.

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3D Printing Bone outside the Human Body

 Epibone 3D Printing Bone outside the Human Body

NYC-based startup called EpiBone is working to discover alternate sources for 3D printing bone, and one of the abundant source is animal bone material. EpiBone team is building a 3D printed scaffold to create an environment in which a body’s own fat tissue stem cells can grow into new bone for which they are using animal bones that have been stripped of all its cellular material.

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Cotton Candy Machine can help 3D Print Artifical Organs

 Cotton Candy Machine can help 3D Print Artifical Organs

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have been harnessing cotton candy machines to spin out threads similar in size, density and complexity to the patterns formed by biocapillaries. Already announced that they have succeeded in using this unorthodox technique to produce a 3D artificial capillary system, they are working on fiber networks that can be used as templates to produce the capillary systems required to create full-scale artificial organs.

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Cyfuse Applications partners with Cell Applications for Regenova Use Outside Japan

 Cyfuse Applications partners with Cell Applications for Regenova Use Outside Japan

Cell Applications, Inc. and Cyfuse Biomedical K.K. have announced that advanced tissue-engineering services are now available in North America using a new three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting approach called the "Kenzan Method". Using Cyfuse Biomedical's Regenova® 3D Bio Printer, Cell Applications has created a pay-for-service bio-printing model that makes scaffold-free tissue available immediately to scientists in the U.S. and Canada for research use.

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SpermBots for Male Infertility by 3D Printing

 SpermBots for Male Infertility by 3D Printing

Team of researchers from Institute for Integrative Nanosciences at IFW Dresden, Germany, have developed spermbots, a tiny metal helix that attaches to individual sperm cells and help them move. Fit over sperm cells to treat infertility, team used 3D laser lithography to create the helix.

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3D Printed Bone that allows Tissue Regeneration

 

Designers at Nottingham Trent University, UK, have discovered microstructure of a 3D-printed bone scaffold. This new scaffold is believed to contain all minerals like natural bone and will dissolve as patient recovers, thereby creating a bridge for tissue regeneration.

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3D Printed Brace for the Panthers Star Linebacker

 3D Printed Brace for the Panthers Star Linebacker

Thomas Davis, All-Pro star linebacker for the Carolina Panthers broke his right forearm in a January 24 game against the Arizona Cardinals and needed something to help him with upcoming Super Bowl 50. He got a Strong Arm Brace which was created by 3D Elite, a manufacturer of 3D-printed braces and casts for athletes, and was produced in record time at Whiteclouds 3D Printing on a Stratasys Connex 3D Printer.

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BioArchitects 3D printed titanium cranial plate grabs FDA approval

 BioArchitects 3D printed titanium cranial plate grabs FDA approval

BioArchitects announced today the 510(k) clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – FDA, for the company’s 3D printed patient specific titanium cranial/craniofacial plate implant. Starting from CT scan or MRI of the affected area, the image is then imported into a highly sophisticated computer design program, which is used to create a template of the repair that becomes the model from which the 3D printer produces the titanium plate which is the exact fit for the defect.

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Solving the Secrets behind folds: 3D Printed Brain

Scientists at Harvard University used 3D printed brain to learn how a human brain develops it's folds. The whole new concept that not only biochemical processes but physical forces are also involved in brain folds formation. This new discovery will help better understand the concepts behind neurological disorders like Alzheimer's disease and Schizophrenia.

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A Better World for War Veterans: Thanks to 3D Printing

 A Better World for War Veterans 3D Printing

3D Printing is helping the Veterans and War Officers to regain their parts of life lost during battle by providing them with Prosthetics. Liacouras, Director of Service for 3D Medical Applications Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, is one of those who uses 3D Printing Technology to improve people’s quality of life by pushing the fields of prosthetics and orthotics forward.

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Tantalum Powder by Metalysis may be the best for Hip Replacement

 Tantalum Powder by Metalysis may be the best for Hip Replacement

Engineering firm TWI worked with metal powder technology company Metalysis to create Hip Replacements using "metal additive layer manufacturing" which uses tantalum powder, a metal which is bio-inert, to form a lattice structure with consistent strength and density. The powder is formed into solid structures using "selective laser melting" to fuse the tiny metal particles together with heat and the whole process is cost-competitive according to company.

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Customized 3D Printed Meal for US Army

 Customized 3D Printed Meal for US Army

Scientists are working ways out to meet the nutritional requirements of soldiers using the 3D Printing Technology. Lauren Oleksyk, a food technologist at the US Army's Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center believes 3D Printed Meals can be the best and fastest approach to meet specific caloric requirements for the army.

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