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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.

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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Materialise & Fu Wai Hospital Collaborate On Heart Project

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According to Materialise’s Board Chairman, Peter Leys, "Materialise highly anticipates working closely together with Fuwai Hospital, and Chinese regulatory authorities, to enable doctors and patients to benefit from 3D Printed heart models.

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e-NABLE to Bring 3D Printed Prostheses to 6,000 People

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e-NABLE, after recieving a $600K grant from Google, outlined their goals including giving 6,000 new recipients 3D printed prostheses over the next 2 years, and engaging 10,000 new fabricators (such as high-bandwidth automated fabrication via an industrial partners).

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Exovite Heals Broken Bones Faster with 3D Printing

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Exovite is currently “developing a system of immobilization and rehabilitation tools that will create a revolution in the field of orthopedics and musculoskeletal treatments.”  The Rehabilitation System attached to the 3D printed cast uses an electrostimulator, which allows the immobilization to be completed and to start rehabilitation and make those two processes overlap.

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Researchers Complete Trial Run for 3D Printed Medication

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While the technology most likely will be available and tested in hospitals and medical offices first, researchers at University College London (UCL) are currently developing specialized tablets that look like they have the potential for not only great medical use, but commercial as well, offering users the ability to 3D print attractive shapes and flavors for kids.

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3D Printing for Indian Surgeons

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Doctors from Sion Hospital used CT scans and MRI to create 3D Models of hearts of two infants prior to surgeries. Assisted by these 3D Printed models, Doctors at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, were able to visualize the surgery and finally successfully delivering it to the two infants.

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3D Printer Used to Make Burn Victim a New Hand

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A 3D printer in a library in Massachusettes was used to print a partial prosthetic hand for a man who was badly burned in a gas explosion 14 years ago in Guatemala, which killed two of his sisters.

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Hunch Back Surgery Time Cut in Half with 3D Printed Models

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Thanks to 3D printed models, spine surgeons in China were able to plan and rehearse a difficult hunchback pin surgery and knew exactly where the pin needed to be placed, so surgical time was cut in half, and a much smaller incision was required and the inherent risk was highly reduced.

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Brazilian Woman Receives 3D Printed Titanium Skull Implant

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In a first for the country, surgeons in Brazil have announced that they have successfully implanted 3D-printed titanium plates into the skull of a 23-year-old woman who had fractured the bones across the right side of her head. 

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Isreali Or Steiner Develops 3D Printed KAFO Leg Splints

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The KAFO Splint is a customizable, lightweight, fashionable – and functional – leg brace design.  Industrial designer, Or Steiner gave the old-fashioned leg brace a modern update which fuses the aesthetically pleasing with the strength needed to support a patient.

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Consensus Ortho to Work with Materialize on Knee Guides

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The Materialise Knee Guide System, a solution consisting of easy-to-use 3D surgical planning software and patient-specific surgical guides for knee surgery, allows surgeons to efficiently and accurately plan knee surgeries based on the patient's unique anatomy and structural damage. Based on that pre-operative plan, patient-specific guides are designed and 3D printed for use during surgery. This widely-used system will now include Consensus Orthopedics.

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