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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.

Utah’s BYU Unveils First 3D Printed Microfluidic Device Working Under 100 Micrometers

 Researchers from Utahs BYU unveil First 3D Printed Microfluidic Device capable of working below 100 Micrometers

Researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah have developed the first working microfluidic device that’s small enough to be effective at a scale less than 100 micrometers using 3D Printing Technology. The key focus involved building their own 3D printer to print at a much higher resolution and using a new, specifically designed, low-cost, custom resin. Also, the digital light processing stereolithography (DLP-SLA) helped them seek low-cost approach for project.

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3D Printed Cancer Cells May Help Researchers Develop Effective Treatment for Breast Cancer

 3D Printed Cancer Cells may help Researchers develop Effective Treatment for Breast Cancer

A team of scientists in New Zealand are 3D Printing Tumor cells using real cells and then using them to develop new treatment plans for Breast Cancer. Dr. Elisabeth Phillips and Khoon Lim, also of the University of Otago, came up with the 3D printing idea and obtained funding to research breast cancer through bioprinted tumors. The team believes it is first of its kind in New Zealand following 3D printing of brain tumor cells in Scotland.

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Researchers Develop Diagnostic Tool Better Than ELISA Using Inkjet 3D Printing

 Researchers develop Diagnostic Tool better than ELISA using Inkjet 3D Printing

Researchers at Duke University have used 3D inkjet printing to create a diagnostic tool that has the potential to be better than ELISA, the diagnostic test for a variety of diseases like HIV AIDS. The 3D printed biomedical tool, called D4 Assay, can be used in point-of-care settings to screen patients, has high accuracy and can reduce the time of diagnosing from days to 15 minutes. It is a self-contained test in the vein of a lab-on-a-chip that can detect low levels of antigens from a single drop of blood. The scientists used inkjet technology to print an array of antibodies onto a glass slide with a nonstick polymer coating.

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Researchers in India Develop 3D Printing Software to Create Prosthetic Ear in One Week

 Researchers in India develop 3D Printing Software to create Prosthetic Ear in just one week

A team from the College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP) in India has developed unique software, which helped them make a 3D printed ear in just one week for 32-year-old patient from Kondhwa. The newly developed software is called Osto3D, and reduces the fabrication time greatly. The successful auricular prosthesis surgery was performed last month, when doctors from the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) attached the artificial ear.

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Aether and UniSA to Use 3D Bioprinting for Contraception Under Gates Foundation Project

 Aether and UniSA to use 3D Bioprinting for Contraception under Gates Foundation Project

San Francisco-based Aether has announced a project collaboration with UniSA to pursue a 3D bioprinting research breakthrough in contraception using their own Aether 1 3D Bioprinter and the project is being funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of the project is to develop an in vitro oviduct model, which will replicate the “spermatozoa capacitation process” in order to screen natural products and novel drugs which will target this process in the oviduct, resulting in a brand new contraceptive paradigm.

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Korean Surgeons Develop Guides for Removing Cancer & Rebuilding Jawbone at Same Time

 South Korean Surgeons develop 3D Printed Guides for removing Cancer Rebuilding Jawbone at same time

A team of researchers at Samsung Medical Center announced that they have a successful method for using 3D printing to rebuild the jawbones of oral cancer patients. Led by Professor Baek Chung-hwan of the department of otolaryngology, the medical team created a 3D printed surgical guide that allows them to rebuild areas of the jaw as well as eliminating areas that are ridden with cancer. The team was able to perform surgery and reconstruction all at once, using the new bone made from the patient’s leg bone, fibula.

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Kickstarter Campaign for Smartphone-Powered 3D Printer Raises $160k

 Kickstarter Campaign for Smartphone Powered 3D Printer raises 160k

T3D, a spin-off from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST, unveiled their smartphone-powered 3D Printer at Inside 3D Printing Shanghai 2015. The Kickstarter campaign was set up since 2012 and it finally managed to raise $160,093 this September for their resin-based 3D Printing. The smartphone 3D printer can cure a 100 micron layer in 15 seconds; it features Bluetooth connectivity and uses a patented UV-curable resin.

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ActivArmor and Aniwaa Receive Funding for Developing 3D Printing Industry

 ActivArmor and Aniwaa receive funding for developing 3D Printing Industry

ActivArmor, a Colorado-based company recently received Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant of $750,000 to develop 3D Printed Waterproof Casts that will prevent water or bacteria from invading the casts. On the other hand, 3D printer comparison website Aniwaa was selected as one of three startups to receive investment funding under the $5 million Smart Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (SADIF). The CEO and Co-founder Martin Lansard believes the funding will help them grow the 3D Printing Industry.

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First 3D Printed Shoulder Implant Surgery Successful in Croatia

 First 3D Printed Shoulder Implant Surgery Successful in Croatia

A 60-year-old man in Croatia had been suffering from an infection in his shoulder, resulting in him losing bone mass and mobility of his shoulder joint. A team of surgeons led by Nikola Matejčić, MD at the Clinic for Orthopaedics in Lovran, implanted a 3D Printed Shoulder which was created using a technology of additive manufacturing, namely the Trabecular Titanium 3D printing technology.

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IV Lab Uses Carbon’s 3D Technology to Boost Development of Tuberculosis Diagnostics

 IV Lab uses Carbons 3D Printing Technology to boost development of Tuberculosis Diagnostic Device

Global Good and IV Lab scientists were developing an accurate diagnostic method for Tuberculosis that costs less to manufacture, is easy to use, and works more quickly than traditional diagnostic methods. However, they were troubled with failures and delays, for which they looked towards Carbon and its DLS-powered M Series 3D printer which helped IV Lab to speed up the Product Development Cycle and successfully field test over 1,000 3D Printed TB diagnostic tests.

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3D Near-Field Electrospinning Method Can Create Scaffolds for Living Tissue

 3D Near Field Electrospinning Method can create Scaffolds for Living Tissue Penn State

A team of researchers from Penn State University, with the support from National Institutes of Health (NIH), have developed a method called 3D near-field electrospinning, or 3DNFES that combines 3D printing and electrospinning, which uses an electric charge to spin nanometer threads from a polymer solution or melt. This new method can be used to place single micrometer-scale fibers, on several different substrates, in a predefined spatial organization, and therefore create framework scaffolds for living tissue.

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Tomsk Research Institute of Cardiology to 3D Print Children’s Hearts Models for Surgeries

 Tomsk Research Institute of Cardiology to 3D Print Childrens Hearts Models for Surgeries

Cardiologists from Tomsk Research Institute of Cardiology have been using 3D Printing Technology to create heart models for patients using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Now they have approached towards more complex, children’s hearts which can help surgeon pre-plan and pre-work forthcoming operations, knowing the defects and risks that can occur with real heart of children.

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Researchers Develop New 3D Bioprinter for Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes

 Researchers develop new 3D Bioprinter that provides new treatment for Type 1 Diabetes

Researchers at the University of Wollongong have developed a new 3D bioprinter called the Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplantation (PICT) 3D Printer which can provide a newer treatment to patients of sever Type 1 Diabetes. The Bioprinter, developed by ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) and ANFF Materials, is capable of delivering insulin-producing islet cells from a protective bioink into a 3D printed scaffold that can be transplanted and prevent rejection risks.

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3D Printing Center of Excellence Opens Up at Children’s Hospital With Stratasys Partnership

 3D Printing Center of Excellence opens up at Childrens Hospital with Stratasys Partnership

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri is named a “Best Children’s Hospital” by US News and World Report and is now receiving 3D Printing Center of Excellence with brand new Stratasys J750 multi-color multi-material 3D Printers. The center will serve as a space to facilitate innovation in multiple 3D printing-related medical areas, including pre-surgical preparation, medical research and patient treatment.

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Live Surgery for Cancer With 3D Printing Technology Viewed by International Live Broadcast

 Live Surgery for Cancer with 3D Printing Technology gets viewed by International Live Broadcast

Patient Robert Begent was treated with Kidney Transplant last year at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital in London by Professor Prokar Das Gupta, a consultant urological surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas. The surgery was aided by 3D Printing Technology in form of 3D Printed model. And this live surgery was recorded, which was shown at Worldwide Robotic Surgery 24-hour event by Worldwide Robotic Surgery Education (WRSE) recently.

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Human Earlobe Receives Complex Vasculature With Open Source Vitaprint

 Human Earlobe receives Complex Vasculature with Open Source Vitaprint

The Institute for Development of Advanced Applied Systems (IRNAS), located in Slovenia, operates Symbiolab, an open source-based biolab that focuses on the development of future-proof 3D biofabrication. The company developed Vitaprint, an open source platform which has now been used by IRNAS to fabricate 3D Printed Blood Vessels into a human earlobe using the freeform perfusable vessel and channel systems into bio-compatible hydrogels.

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Researchers Develop 3D Printed Organ Models that React Like Actual Organs

 Researchers develop 3D Printed Organ Models that react like Actual Organs

Dr. Robert Sweet, a urologist contacted a team of researchers led by University of Minnesota to develop 3D Printed Organ Models that were just not some piece of plastic. Using the University’s custom-built 3D Printer, they were able to 3D Print the Organ models that not only look like actual organs, but also feel like them and have same mechanical properties, including the sensors attached that help surgeons predict the tissue damage that can occur.

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Students From Paris High School Form Give Me Five Charity to Distribute Free Prosthetic Hands

 Students from Paris High School form Give Me Five Charity to distribute Free Prosthetic Hands

Joni Inman and Anna Claire Richey, two high school students from Paris High School have formed a charity called Give Me Five with partnership with a software company to distribute 3D printed prosthetics. Their first 3D Printed Prosthetic, which took 28 hours to print and 7 hours to assemble, is awaiting approval from their software company. Although the medical prosthetic hand can cost around $11,000, the Give Me Five prosthetics will cost only $75 and will be distributed around for free to those who cannot afford it.

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3D Printed PEKK Has Higher Anti-bacterial Properties than PEEK

 Oxford Performance Materials Inc. reveals 3D Printed PEKK to have higher anti bacterial property than PEEK

Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) Inc., a Connecticut based firm has stated that their 3D Printed Structures with PEKK (poly-ether-ketone-ketone) formulation have high anti-bacterial properties than the usual PEEK (poly-ether-ether-ketone). The study involved Mian Wang and Garima Bhardwaj with Northeastern University in Boston, who examined the 3D Printed PEKK produced using OsteoFab process, and therefore concluded PEKK was more efficient against infections in orthopedic applications.

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Team at Honda Build Custom 3D Printed Arm for Their Colleague

Team at Honda build up Custom 3D Printed Arm for their Colleague

Tony Leonard was born with a rare spinal condition, for which he underwent a surgery. The surgery did help him with legs, but left him with his arm being amputated due to severe infection and ultimately the wheelchair. A group of employees led by Frank Kahle at Honda Plant in Anna, Ohio, helped him by developing a custom prosthetic arm prototypes using 3D Printing Technology, which were improved over 6 successions and helping him walk again.

 

Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-more-perfect-union-autoworkers-build-prosthetic-hand-for-coworker/

Researchers Move Toward 4D Printing for Transplanted Organs

Researchers move toward 4D Printing to 3D Print Organs for Transplant in Patients

A research team with the University of Alberta in Canada has been working on using the 4D Printing to create 3D Printed Organs for transplant in patients. They are working on 3D Printed resins and believe that the human body would most likely accept a hydrogel organ. The team is currently working on 3D Printing meniscus, or the knee cap that can help surgeons perform surgeries faster and much efficiently.

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Cancer Patient with Destroyed Nose Recovers with 3D Printing

Cancer Patient with destroyed Nose recovers with 3D Printing

Jerry Faber, a patient of cancer underwent multiple surgeries to correct his facial anatomy, however, they failed to recover the disrupted nose he had been left with. Dr. Travis Bellicchi, a fourth-year maxillofacial prosthodontics resident at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, considered the case and 3D Scanned Faber’s face, creating a digital model and then 3D Printing the perfect nasal part for Faber which was implanted within 24hrs.

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Researchers Develop Customized 3D Printed Ear Implants for Conductive Hearing Loss

Researchers develop Customized 3D Printed Ear Implants for Conductive Hearing Loss

Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have developed customized prosthetic implants for patients with Conductive Hearing Loss of ear. Removing the middle ear bone in ossicular chain, they then used a CT scanner to capture the imaging data. The Prosthetic implants were 3D Printed using Formalabs Form 2 after being designed with Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite software.

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San Draw Becomes the Hub of Medical Training Simulators

San Draw becomes the Hub of Medical Training Simulators

San Draw was originally founded in 2014 which was the only company to provide Silicone based products. Seeing the over-whelming request for silicone in medical field, San Draw Medical was formed which had been creating Training Simulators since then. Some of the finest products include 3D Printed Silicone Facial Implant for aesthetic surgeons, a 3D printed arm that allows medical students to practice giving injections and a recent Airway Intubation Trainer.

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Innovative Students develop Prosthetics for War Veterans

 Innovative Students develop Prosthetics for War Veterans

Under the Capstone, a project developed by instructor Maciej G. Zborowski and Additive Manufacturing Program Manager Alethea V. Ganaway, students at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Cleveland, developed several prosthetics for War Veterans. Some of these included Garden Buddy for Gardening by Wiersma, Fisherman’s Gauntlet for fishing by Mark Lettieri and Easy Easel for reading by Tyler Tomazic.

 

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Mimics inPrint Software by Materialise and Siemens rolls to Hospitals Worldwide

 Mimics inPrint Software by Materialise and Siemens rolls to Hospitals Worldwide

Materialise, a leading provider of 3D printing services and software solutions, and Siemens Healthineers, a leading medical technology company announced they are joining forces to bring Materialise Mimics inPrint software to hospitals around the world. The partnership, announced at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, makes Materialise Mimics inPrint software for printing anatomical models available to radiologists through the Siemens Healthineers syngo.via open app platform.

 

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Researchers of UBC create future of Bioprinting Organs by Cheaper Bioink

 Researchers of UBC create future of Bioprinting Organs by Cheaper Bioink

Researchers at University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan have introduced a newer Bioink which is much cheaper and is being considered the future of 3D Bioprinting for scaffolds. The gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) based bioink was created for two types of hydrogels: Cold-water fish skin and Cold-soluble gelatin, out of which Cold-Soluble was selected as the best candidate.

 

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3D Printed Ear that helps learn Vertigo

 3D Printed Ear that helps learn Vertigo

An organization called Vestibular Today has developed a 3D printed model of the inner ear that has been 3D Printed from an actual MIR scan of an inner ear. The 3D model was created by the NIH 3D Print Exchange Program, which was launched in 2014, and was then refined, scaled, and 3D printed by 3D Brooklyn. Clinicians can purchase a 3D printed inner ear model for $70, or a larger plastic model for classroom applications for $45.

 

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Father receives DSM Somos 3D Printed Prosthetic Arm from his Son

 Father receives DSM Somos 3D Printed Prosthetic Arm from his Son

Michael Fine lost his arm from the shoulder forward in a serious car accident and his obvious prosthetic was unable to give him a normal life. Jacob, his son and an intern at DSM Somos, one of the world’s leading stereolithography material manufacturers, produced a highly customized 3D Printed Prosthetic Arm for his father. Somos 9120 was used for its flexibility, water and temperature resistance, and ability to print finer details.

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First Tantalum Knee Replacement Surgery completed at Chinese Hospital

 Tantalum Knee Replacement

The very first Knee Replacement Surgery using Tantalum, an alloy of Titanium was successfully completed at the first hospital affiliated to AMU. Under the supervision of Professor Yang Liu, head of surgical department, implant was produced using CAD, 3D Printing technology and Tantalum metal for the patient named Zhang Jingui.

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Researchers from UK move towards 3D Printing Live Bones by Nanokick Bioreactor

 Researchers from UK move towards 3D Printing Live Bones by Nanokick Bioreactor

Researchers at University of Glasgow, UK, have developed a method to create bone by 3D printing scaffolds, then coating them with nanolayers of stem cells and a growth factor known as BMP-2 and shaking them up in its Nanokick bioreactor. The University of Glasgow researchers have teamed up with other institutions like University of Strathclyde and the University of the West of Scotland (UW) to further enhance their work on the Nanokick bioreactor and the 3D printed bone research.

 

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Materialise's 3D Printed Titanium Maxillofacial Implants Approved for US Market

 Materialises 3D Printed Titanium Maxillofacial Implants Approved for US Market

TRUMATCH, the maxillofacial implants by Materialise are one of the finest 3D Printed Implants of Titanium which have been used widely for orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, and facial reconstruction. They have marketed throughout Australia and Europe, sold by DePuy Synthes. This is the first time these 3D printed titanium maxillofacial implants have received clearance for use in the US market and will be available soon.

 

Source: https://www.fiercebiotech.com/medtech/depuy-synthes-rolls-out-3d-printed-facial-implants-from-materialise

3D Printed Biomaterial Sleeves Help Fight Infection Risk of Body Piercing

 3D Printed Biomaterial Sleeves that help fight off Infection Risk of Body Piercing

BioPierce Canada Ltd., a startup based in Canadian province Prince Edward Island (PEI) is developing a biodegradable sleeve using 3D Printing. The 3D printed medicated biomaterial sleeves are made out of poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid (or PLGA), which can be applied directly to piercing instruments and will remain in the tissue once it’s been pierced. The substance will degrade over time which will enhance healing, reduce pain and prevent chances of infection.

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BIOLIFE4D Approaches 3D Printed Heart through Investment Funding

 BIOLIFE4D approaches 3D Printed Heart through Investment Funding

Startup BIOLIFE4D has filed a $50 million initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under Regulation A+ rules for their project of 3D Bioprinting a Real Heart for transplants. Curerntly seeking investors, BIOLIFE4D plans to use recent breakthroughs in 3D printing, regenerative medicine, stem cell biology and computing techniques to create patient-specific replacement hearts from the patient’s own cells, eliminating both long waiting lists and risks of rejection.

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Materialise to provide Orthopedic Solutions now

 Materialise to provide Orthopedic Solutions now

Materialise, a Belgium-headquartered company is known for its 3D Printing perfection, and now it will be creating 3D printed orthopedic solutions for adult patients with metacarpal/phalange and clavicle bone deformities. With their surgical guides and 3D Printed Models, they aim to develop the orthopedic field by enhancing it with everything they have achieved with their recent advancements and partnerships.

 

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Reality meets 3D Bioprinting as First 3D Printed Tibial Surgery becomes successful

 Reality meets 3D Bioprinting as First 3D Printed Tibial Surgery becomes successful

Reuben Lichter was diagnosed of a bone infection called tibial osteomyelitis and was put forward with two choices- amputation or experitmental treatment. Choosing the latter, he underwent five surgeries in six months, which involved transplanting a 3D printed scaffold into Lichter’s leg, where it would slowly grow into a new bone. The scaffold was designed at Queensland University of Technology and 3D printed in Singapore, after which it was brought back to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, where Lichter was being treated.

 

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Gadgets that Bend: Hybrid 3D Printing Technique Makes It Possible

 Gadgets that can bend Hybrid 3D Printing Technique makes it possible

Jennifer Lewis, Sc.D. of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and her lab partnered with J. Daniel Berrigan, Ph.D. and Michael Durstock, Ph.D. at the US Air Force Research Laboratory to develop a new 3D printing technique for soft electronics, called Hybrid 3D printing. The technology basically involves shaping of the wearable electronics according to the user. For this, it involves use of conductive, stretchable 3D printing material made from TPU mixed with silver flakes. Other electrical components included parts like LEDs, resistors and micro-chips.

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Aspiring Doctor Builds Stethoscopes for Doctors in Gaza

 Aspiring Doctor builds up his own inventory of Stethoscopes for Doctors in Gaza

Gaza, a Palestinian territory is suffering the lack in basic medical equipment, including the stethoscopes. Seeing the terrific conditions at hospitals, Dr. Loubani started Glia Project, which aims to give doctors a way of manufacturing their own inexpensive medical equipment. Dr. Loubani designed and 3D printed a stethoscope that cost under a dollar which was manufactured using his own-built 3D printer from open-source designs online.

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SLS 3D Printing Technology Becomes the Choice for Customized Pills by FabRx

 SLS 3D Printing Technology becomes the choice for Customized Pills by FabRx

FabRx, creator of Printlets and 3D printed tablets with customized dosages of medication, has just turned to Selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printing for their customized medication plans. Mixing acetaminophen with two pharmaceutical-grade polymers, one with immediate release and one with modified release characteristics, the powders were 3D printed into tablet form using a Sintratec 3D printer. The newer medications so printed using SLS technology were high resolution and had no drug degradation.

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Chinese Researchers Use 3D Printing to Correct Bone and Cartilage Defects

 Chinese Researchers use 3D Printing to Correct Bone and Cartilage Defects

A group of researchers from China recently used the 3D Printing Technology to repair three common types of defects: a cube-shaped bone defect, a randomly shaped cartilage defect, and a cylinder-shaped osteochondral defect. Animal bones were scanned using an EinScan-Pro handheld 3D scanner from Shining 3D; 3D scans were then turned into 3D models using Materialise Magics software and ultimately, the defects were corrected using a modified Bio-Architect 3D bioprinter from Regenovo.

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