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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.

Chinese Surgeons Use 3D Printing to Plan Spinal Surgery

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Surgeons at Fujian Medical University’s affiliated hospital were aided by an custom model of a patient’s spine, as they performed surgery to address the narrowing of his spinal canal, a condition known as spinal stenosis.

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German Bionic Prosthetics Uses Wires to Mimic Muscles

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Engineers in Germany have built a biologically inspired artificial hand with muscles made from bundles of 'smart' wires. An electric charge is all that's needed to make these wires tense or relax, meaning the hand can operate without the bulky and cumbersome electronics that often make artificial prosthetic hands impractical.

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WASP LDM Extruder for Printing High Precision Ceramics

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The holy grail of printing high-resolution ceramic body parts may still be a ways off, but WASP, an Italian company, has developed an extruder which can be used to print liquid porcelain models at higher resolutions than ever-before possible.

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Ethiopian Man Receives 3D Printed Titanium Mandible Implant

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Taking CT and X-ray data, Longgang Gong, the ENT specialist at Xi’an Red Cross Hospital, created a 3D printed model of the patient's disheveled mandible in order to get a more realistic view of the defects that needed correcting.

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3-Year-Old Receives Groundbreaking Skull Replacement Surgery

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3DPrint reported, "Upon seeing Han Han, the medical team at the Hunan Province Brain Hospital elected to perform an unheard of life-saving surgery which they called (translated from chinese) “whole brain shrinking plastic surgery”.

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Victoria Offers Affordable 3D Printed Upper-Limb Prostheses

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The Victoria Hand Project (VHP) designs and develops low-cost, highly functional, easily manufactured, upper-limb, 3D printed prostheses (3D-PP). We use advanced, yet cost effective tools such as 3D printing and 3D laser scanning, to create our devices.

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MedPrin Introduces Bioprinted ReDura for Use in Brain Surgery

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Chinese company, MedPrin, has created a 3D printed dura replacement material that is used for brain surgery to replace the dura layer just beneath the bone after surgery.   Redura is very similar to dura, and eventually dissolves as the body replaces it with actual dura.

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BASF Teams with Poietis on 4D Bioprinted Skin Project

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BASF and Poietis, the first company in the world for 3D laser-assisted bioprinting, have signed an agreement on research and development in cosmetics. Based on the combined expertise of both companies in tissue engineering and bioprinting, the agreement aims to apply the bioprinting technology of Poietis to improve BASF’s skin equivalent model Mimeskin™.

3D Printed Prehensile Prosthetic Hand Combines Elegance with Incredible Functionality

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According to the inventor, Fraser Leid, “the Inspiration behind the Printed Prehensile was the idea that it came in a kit — something that a person without the limb would be able to buy and have assembled — which in turn, would greatly lessen the cost of the prosthesis and also allow the user the opportunity to personalise it (Hands building Hands).

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Rare Heart Condition Cured Thanks to 3D Printing by Materialise

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Recently at UCLA, doctors were able to use a 3D printed heart model to go forth with a very complicated surgery on 66-year-old Richard Whitaker. Whitaker had been suffering from congestive heart failure, which resulted in two hospital stays over a period of months, and needed something done in order to save his life.

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Japanese Artist Envisions Anime Inspired Prosthetics

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Taketo Kobayashi, collaborating with designer Yoshinori Sakamaki, is taking 3D printed prosthetic legs to the next level with their XSENSE brand, incorporating influences from anime and abstract expressions of Japanese subculture. 

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