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.

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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S.T.E.M Based e-NABLE Learning Projects

 S.T.E.M Based e NABLE Learning Projects

Dozens of schools participating in 3D Printing Project by e-NABLE Community have incorporated the e-NABLE hand design and assembly into their S.T.E.M. based learning courses. Some schools, like Crossroads Intermediate School, have gone above and beyond the creation of 3D printed hands. Looking forward to evolving the 3D Printing Technology, e-NABLE is seeking students and teachers with their first CREATE T.I.M.E. Design contest.

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Fastest 3D Printer could print in minutes

NewPro3D of Vancouver, Canada, has developed 3D printer ILI™, Intelligent Liquid Interface, that can finish the process in minutes compared to hours. This is simply done by eliminating the dead time of printing process, peeling and layering and so, they call it Continous Printing.

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3D Technology delivering Superheroes now?

KidMob and Robohands united two years back as an innovative idea to help build 3D printed prosthetics for disabled children. However, this idea saw brilliance when creative minds introduced superhero like prototypes for their prosthetics.

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3D Printing helps toddler survive Adult Kidney Transplant

This was the first time a child received an adult kidney transplant, thanks to 3D Printing technology. Surgeons at London's Guy and St.Thomas hospital used 3D printed models of abdomen of Lucy, 3 year old receiver, and kidney of Lucy's father aged 35 years. Looking at the models, they knew how to minimise the risk of surgery and what was exactly going to happen, with both having perfect recovery now.

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3D evloving to 4D!

With 3D Printing already into use in every sector, researchers are now experimenting 4D Printing that involves 3D-printing items that are designed to change shape after they are printed. Lewis and team, Harvard University, have evolved 3D-printed structures made of stiff cellulose fibers embedded in a soft hydrogel, whose orientation can be controlled after they swell up on immersing in water.

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Parents can now grab their baby before being born

Channel Mum has set baby trend 2016 by 3D printing foetuses before they are actually born. Expectant parents can grab their 3D printed baby for 450$ for 8 inch or 200$ for small cast. The 3D foetus will be printed after ultrasound scans has been converted into actual plastic object.

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Revolutionising Medical Education with 3D Printing

Anatomy of medical world was dominated by formaldehyde smelling cadavers and high cost plastic models for education. However, researchers of Australia and New Zealand are now using 3D printers like Z650 printer to prepare medical models of eye for ophthalmologists and optometrists. Apart from being low cost, they serve with better quality and easy learning.

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MedSieve recieves £102,000 Award as funds

MediSieve, the developer of a magnetic filter device, treats malaria by capturing and removing malaria infected red blood cells. It received a Pathfinder Award from the Wellcome Trust of £102,000, enough to fund a 12-month project to manufacture and test clinical prototypes of its device.

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3D Printing strikes back Disaster

After Nepalese valley had been hit by earthquakes, the apocalypse left 200 families homeless with blurred hopes and shattered water pipes. Lamb from NGO FieldReady visited the site and discovered that 3D printing can be handy in reversible the effects. Indeed, 3D Printing solved the leaking problems, but there is always more to what you see.

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13 year old receives 3D Printed Christmas gift

13 year-old girl Rebekah Jensen from Virgina was surprised when she received 3D Printed prosthetic hand at Marymount University. When falimy was rejected the traditional prosthetic hand by insurance companies, Dr. Eric Bubar through e-NABLE helped Rebekah for prosthetic hand costing as low as 50$.

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1845 Design that inspired the First 3D Printed Hand Prosthetic

Back in 1845 when Dental Surgeon developed hand prosthetic made of whalebone and metal pulleys, it was used by Corporal Coles until his last day. This went to Health Museum of South Australia, where it became inspiration for Ivan Owen to develop the world's first 3D Printed Hand Prosthetic.

 

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'Live' Blood Vessels are now 3D Printed

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore,California , have successfully 3D printed live blood vessels from cells and organic material. These vessels are capable of self-assembling and delivering nutrients, but are being worked on for further organization before they can be used in real transplants.

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3D Printable Micro-Organs are no longer a myth

Researchers at Drexel university of Philadelphia and Tsinghua University of Beijing are claiming that using embryonic stem cells combined with hydrogel scaffolds, they can finally print micro-organs. These micro-organs can be anything from brain tissue, heart cells or bone.

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Brain Surgery made possible with 3D Printing

New York state resident Theresa Flint was diagnosed with an aneurysm but it became worse when surgery couldn't be done due to complications. Stratasys, leading 3D printing production, helped the surgeons develop 3D model of cerebral vessels of Flint and a successful brain surgery.

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Facial Reconstructive Surgery gives boy a new Nose

After 5 years of self-imposed isolation, Dallan Jennet finally found 3D nose transplant at New York city which totally reconstructed his facial scarring and holed nose. This was indeed the first time in United states when 3D-printed nose was successfully implanted.

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3D Printed Medical Gear specific for Neonates

Researchers at Northeastern University have developed medical hardware which can be 3D printed specific for any sized newborn. The matching geometry with patient will help avoiding complications like puncturing veins and injuring delicate tissues.

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Mach7 Technoligies formed after $60M Merger

 Mach7 Technologies

Mach7 Technologies, a global provider of enterprise medical image management solutions, and 3D Medical Limited announced signing of definitive agreement to merge together which will provide access via public capital markets for Mach7 while preserving corporate self-determination. Upon approval and completion of the agreement, the merged entity will be publicly listed on the Australian stock exchange (ASX) and will trade as "Mach7 Technologies Ltd".

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When 3D Printing Soft Body Parts became accessible

A team led by biomedical engineer Adam Feinberg at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, can now print 3D biological materials that don’t collapse under their own weight as they form. Freeform Reversible Embedding of Suspended Hydrogels (FRESH) was introduced by Feinberg and his colleagues to tackle the collapsing issue with previous materials.

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3D Printed Alginate Hydrogel replaces Knee Cartilage

Jenny Qiu and team from the Texas Tech University and A&M University have concluded that incorporating a very viscous polymer called Alginate, can strengthen Hydrogel. This new hydrogel form is exactly like natural cartilage, and could possibly be used for replacement like Knee Cartilage.

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Six 3D Printed Organs that brought new life

3D printing may appear fantasy, but it's applications are far real than imagined. Nevertheless, with expanding future, it has already began to bring new lives to people. These 6 purely fascinating events including cranium, vertebra, rib cage, nose, airway and a new arm were some of the landmarks for 3D printing emerging as marvels of technology.

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5 Year Old gets her Heart 3D Printed for Surgery

Mia Gonzalez, a 5 year-old girl received a successful open heart surgery at Miami’s Nicklaus Children’s Hospital after the surgeon used the 3D Printed model of her heart. Mia was suffering from congenital defect, Double aortic arch, which had been misdiagnosed as Asthma. Surgeon Dr. Redmond Burke visualized the whole operation before it could be actually performed.

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Baby shielded before Surgery through 3D Printing

 

Using the 3D printing technology, Doctors of University of Michigan successfully performed a surgery on a foetus. The unknown abnormality could have block the baby's airway at birth, but 3D Printed model of foetus face using MRI removed the guesswork of the surgery.

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3D Printing in Gel could be the future for Organs

Researchers at the University of Florida have developed 3D printed Gel made of acrylic acid polymer. This Gel will acts as a scaffold to hold the structure in place during the printing process, thereby, establishing the future of 3D Printed Organs.

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3D Printing saves Conjoined Twins

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Tyler and Tyson were two twins sharing chest, abdomen and a liver creating difficulties for their surgical separation. However, using 3D Printing technology, surgeons at Children's National Medical Center in Washington created models and were able to visualize the whole operation before the actual surgery, thereby leading a successful surgery.

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Nerves to regrow after 3D Printed Guide

Collaborators from Virginia Tech and some universities have developed a 3D Prined Guide that can actually help regrow the nerves. Although nerve damage is permanent, and it is impossible for them to regenerate, while 3D Printing comes just at time to make things possible.

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Titanium Rib Cage and Sternum to be World's First

A 54 year old Australian patient of cancer received Titanium rib cage and sternum after considering the option better than plate implants. CSIRO, the federal government agency for scientific research in Australia, claimed their 3D printed titanium model was perfect for identically mimicking the intricate structures of the sternum and ribs and the patient was discharged healthy and recovered well.

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5$ 3D Printed Stethoscope beating all odds

Dr. Tarek Loubani from Gaza has developed 3D Printed Stethoscope called Glia. While Glia Stethocsope beats a $200 Littman stethoscope for price, Loubani has report data that it beats every other stethoscope in sound quality.

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Student Prints Bottle System for Premature Babies

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Ravid Koriat Barkan, a recent graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, created a bottle/syringe hybrid that allows for extremely accurate measurements of the amount of milk given to a premature baby.  The system can also manually feed the baby directly from the mother’s breast, or if necessary, by connecting it via a feeding tube directly into the baby’s stomach.

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Gaza Strip Doctor 3D Prints Stethoscope for 30 Cents

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Tarek Loubani, an emergency physician working in the Gaza strip, has 3D-printed a 30 cent stethoscope that beats the world's best $200 equivalent as part of a project to bottom-out the cost of medical devices.

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E-NABLE Wants Help in Printing 1000 Hands in One Month

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E-NABLE is seeking help from the community of 3D printer owners worldwide to print 1000 hands by mid-September.  To support this effort, a variety of 3D printer and filament manufacturers are offering discounts.

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