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.

Facility Formed on Partnership Becomes the Core of 3D Bioprinting Stem Cell Research in Australia

 Facility formed on Partnership becomes the core of 3D Bioprinting Stem Cell Research in Australia

The first bioengineering facility in Australia to be based in a hospital, BioFab3D@ACMD, was established upon partnership between between St Vincent’s Hospital, Swinburne, RMIT, University of Melbourne and University of Wollongong. And now the facility is playing the key role for PhD candidate Lilith Caballero Aguilar who is developing methods to control the rate of release of growth factors which are necessary for the development of stem cells once they have been implanted into the body.

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3D Printing Technology Becomes Savior for Chinese Hospital Fighting Cancer

 3D Printing Technology becomes savior for Chinese Hospital fighting Cancer

St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou in Guangzhou City, China has been making use of 3D Printing Technology through 3D Printed Guides and Models for precision and extra safety measures during surgeries performed for Cancer Treatment. While Nano-knife technique has been proved to be of utmost use to surgeons, they also employ others such as Transarterial Chemoembolization (TACE), Cryotherapy and Immunotherapy.

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Researchers Study Lobster Claws to Create Powerful Safety Armor

 Researchers study Lobster Claws to create Powerful Safety Armor

A team of engineers from USC Viterbi School of Engineering are studying biological structures for use of 3D Printing Technology in Progressive Degenerative Diseases, Sports-related injuries and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Yang Yang, a post-doctoral scholar at USC Viterbi and Dr. Chen have worked together and developed a process that adds an electrical field into 3D printing. The electric-assisted 3D printing process aligns layers of material in resilient, bio-inspired ways, like a lobster shell’s design. Such design can be used in reducing the impact injuries from Fatal accidents.

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3D Printed Boluses that add efficiency to Cancer Radiotherapy

Boluses 3D Printed

Since the traditional boluses used in Cancer Treatment by Radiation therapy are not so efficient, Dr. James Robar from Dalhousie University started a research that led to four devices: Electron Beam Therapy, Photon Beam Therapy, Immobilization Device and Brachy therapy. The products developed through this research are the basis for the startup company 3D Bolus and the technology is being used in clinics in Ireland and Israel.

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Viscient Biosciences partner with Ogranovo for 3D Bioprinting in Liver Disease Researh

NAFL disease

San Diego-based Viscient Biosciences has announced collaboration with Organovo to help establish a disease model for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver (NAFL) disease in bio-printed 3D liver samples. The CEO Taylor Crouch stated that their 3D disease models have the unique capability to demonstrate drug mechanisms of action and efficacy in a setting that closely mimics human livers.

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3D Printed Skull saves the Newborn

Newborn Skull

Sofia, a newborn at Princess Margaret Hospital was diagnosed with a rare birth defect that caused the bone in her skull to completely fuse over her nasal cavity, leaving her unable to breathe through her nose. Using 3D Printing technology from 3D team at Royal Perth Hospital, Dr. Jenn Ha operated on her knowing exact surgical procedure through the 3D Printed Skull.

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3DMetal Tibial Cones by Medacta Perform Well in Surgeries

 3D Metal Medacta

Medacta, a company based in Switzerland had recently developed 3DMetal Tibial Cones which received FDA clearance and these provide structural support in bone deficient disorders along with implant. The technology received its first success in surgery performed by Kevin Hardt and David Manning, MD at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

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3DMAC develops Unique Prosthetics for War Veterans

 3DMac War Veterans

3D Medical Applications Center (3DMAC) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center used 3D Printing technology to bring back the life of Injured Veterans through modified unique prosthetics. From fishing rod holding to advanced sensory feedback, these prosthetics are developed for every unique need these injured war veterans possess using CAD software.

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Veterinary Surgeons use 3D Printing to perform Complicated Surgeries

 Veterinary Doctors

Veterinary Surgeons at University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center have created 3D Printing Facility where Surgical Models are 3D Printed prior to surgeries which are to be performed on animals. A CT scan of animal’s body is used on Ultimaker 3 to create 3D printed replica, which is then used by surgeons to practice the complicated procedure.

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Doctor Determined to 3D Print Prosthetics to Malaysian War Victims

 Malaysian Doctor LimbX

Muhamad Hariz Hazwan Mohd Zarir is a doctor in Malaysia who began his program LimbX after seeing the devastating injuries to native people during the war and the project now delivers 3D Printed Prosthetics to war victims. During the project, he reached out to prosthetics expert and humanitarian technology leader Dr. Adam Arabian and LimbForge, formerly the Enable Community Foundation.

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The Tale of First US 3D Printed Implant

 Tale of First

Penelope Heller was diagnosed in 2014 with chondrosarcoma, a rare type of cancer of bones and joints. She underwent a 3D Printed Sternum Implant Surgery when her own normal implant didn’t work out well. The newer 3D Printed Sternum Implant gave her much recovery with full range of motion, however, a special approval from US FDA was put forward before the surgery was done.

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Additive Manufacturing Strategies Summit to happen in January

 Additive Manufacturing Summit

With the constant development in 3D Printing, an Additive Manufacturing Strategies Summit will be held at Army and Naval Club in Washington, D.C. The summit will be held on 22nd and 23rd January in joint venture with SmarTech Markets Publishing and will focus on Medical and 3D Printing.

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2D Ultrasound to become 3D Printing Ultrasound with this $10 Microchip

 2D to 3D USG Chip

Scientists from Duke and Stanford Universities have developed a Microchip that converts a 2D Ultrasound with 3D Capabilities. The idea was brought forward by Joshua Broder, MD, an emergency physician and associate professor of surgery at Duke Health. The inventors, along with Elias J. Jaffa, Brendan P. Smith, and Erica Peethumnongsin of Duke, demonstrated the device on October 31st at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Research Forum in Washington, D.C.

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3D Printed Orthopaedic Casts with Heat Sensitivity

 Casts with Heat Sensitivity

A team of faculty researchers from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and Boston University have developed a process for making 3D printed orthopedic casts that are personalized to the patient, as well as offering a unique thermal-comfort design. The 3D printed orthopedic cast are made using PLA material on an Ultimaker 3D printer, which are then heat-tested in two separate environments for 30 minutes.

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Dinsmore and Children Hospital of Orange County unite to 3D Print Surgical Model of a Patient

 Dinsmore

18-year old Moises Campos had suffered a tibial tubercle fracture during his youth, which resulted in a growth arrest below his kneecap and a deformity of his tibia. Before his actual surgery, the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) recently teamed up with Dinsmore Inc., a 3D printing company from Irvine, California, to 3D print a full-scale model of Campos’ tibia based off his CT scan using stereolithography (SLA).

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K2M Group Holdings and 3D Systems come together for better 3D Printing

 K2M Group Holdings

K2M Group Holdings had underwent comprehensive development agreement with 3D Systems including a separate supply agreement for K2M’s CASCADIA TL Interbody System, which features its Lamellar 3D Titanium technology. The two combined to create 3D Printed Implants and virtual surgical plans for complex spinal operations. This new strategic partnership will combine the metal 3D printing experience of 3D Systems with the spinal expertise of K2M, building on the specific capabilities, and cultural values, of each company in order to increase innovation.

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Stryker bring Robotic Surgery and 3D Printing Together

 Stryker Robotic Surgery

Global medical device manufacturing company Stryker has started funding a five-year research project called “Just in time implants,” in Australia, worth over AUD$12.1 million, between St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), RMIT University, and the Australian government that could advance tumor surgery using 3D printing technology. The collaboration will combine advanced manufacturing, robotic surgery, and 3D printing to make custom implants for patients suffering from bone cancer.

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The Era of 3D Printing in Medical Field

 Era of 3d printing

3D Printing is growing rapidly and its use in Medical Field is extraordinary, given the leaps it is taking forward constantly. From EKSO Bionic Suit, an exoskeleton made for paraplegics to disaster management by Field Ready which provided relief during Nepal Earthquakes of 2015, 3D Printing is taking over the very needs of humans.

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Materialise collaborate with Henry Ford Health System for 3D Printed Cardiac Procedures

 Materialise Henry Ford

Materialise is one of the leading 3D Printing Company which has now entered pre-market phase by working with Henry Ford Health System, an advanced hospital systems. The aim of this joint venture is to help physicians using 3D Printing for complex complex transcatheter mitral valve replacement and repair (TMVR/r) procedures. The Pre-planning imaging technology by Henry Ford’s expertise was developed through Materialise’s Mimic Innovation Suite.

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Las Vegas Girl with 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand to throw First Pitch of World Series Game

 Las Vegas Pitch World Series

Hailey Dawson, a 7-year old girl from Las Vegas was born with Poland syndrome, a rare birth defect that resulted in her being born without the three middle fingers on her right hand. Her mother was determined to help her, and soon she received a variation of Flexi Hand 2, a 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). As her story went viral, she has now been invited to throw the first pitch of World Series Game.

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Stryker’s 3D Printed Tirtanium Posterior Lumbar Cage Spinal Implant receives FDA Clearance

 Stryker Spinal Cage

In 2016, medical device manufacturing company Stryker  announced the launch of a 3D printed spinal implant, as well as a planned 3D printing manufacturing facility which was followed by launch of 3D printed Tritanium posterior lumbar (PL) cage spinal implant which is to be used in Cervical Spine. The Spinal Implant has now received the 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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VTT explores use of Nanocellulose in 3D Printing for Wound Care

 VTT Wound Care

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, a research and technology company is researching the cellulose nanofibrils to be used for developing a 3D wound care product to monitor the condition of patients’ wounds while in the hospital. With aid from University of Tampere, VTT is working to promote the growth of healthy skin cells around a wound by creating a solution where a protein attaches to a 3D printed adhesive bandage to facilitate this growth without leaving a scar mark.

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Metal 3D Printing becomes life savior of a Model suffering Fatal Injuries

 Metal 3D Printing becomes life savior of a Model suffering Fatal Injuries

Francesca Burr, a 28-year old woman suffered life-threatening when she fell down stairs while having a seizure and suffered multiple skull fractures, a cracked jaw, and a broken nose. She was transported to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge and in February, the surgeons fitted a 3D printed titanium plate for Francesca’s skull.

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Regenerating the Damaged Heart Tissues using 3D Printing

 Regenerate Heart

Mohammad Izadifar, a researcher at University of Saskatchewan (U of S) who also works with biomedical and chemical engineering, has been working on to combine engineering, 3D printing, and medicine to repair damaged hearts by regenerating heart muscle tissue. He is using a natural, algae-based hydrogel that’s biocompatible and won’t be rejected by the human body; the hydrogel is also biodegradable. The 3D Printed patch is theoretically believed to evolve into heart with regenerating blood vessels and tissues.

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One Shot that delivers all Vaccines being developed by MIT Engineers

 One Shot Vaccine

Robert Langer and engineers at MIT have been researching on creating a single-dose biodegradable vaccine that can release the drugs or vaccines into the patient’s system on a specific schedule. Using Photolithography and 3D Printing, they have developed a microparticle that is made from a biocompatible, FDA-approved polymer and resembles a tiny cup. The fundamental idea is to assist babies in developing countries, who don’t always have access to doctors, could receive all the immunizations they needed for their first couple years of life in one shot.

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A Fix to 3D Printed Organs in Human Body by Prellis Biologics

 Prellis biologics

3D Printed Organs cannot survive in Human Body, unless they receive nutrients and oxygen from the body itself. Prellis, a company founded in 2016 has been working on the solution and 3D printing lymph node organoids are a perfect example of their work. The first 3D printed product to be developed will be Islets of langerhans, the insulin-producing part of the pancreas.

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3D Printed Utility Band by Havenlab provides Use for Intention feature for Amputees

 Utility band

A team at Havenlabs led by Mohammad Hasani, a mechanical engineering graduate from the City College of New York (CCNY), has finally unveiled their second product called the Utility Band for Upper Limb Amputees. Unlike prosthetic limbs, Utility band is made to be removed once the task is complete. The Utility Band was 3D Printed using LulzBot Mini 3D printer with Ninjaflex filament.

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Aspect Biosystems partner with German Organizations to enhance 3D Printed Contractile Tissue

 Aspect Biosystems

The Canadian company, Aspect Biosystems is collaborating with German InSCREENeX and the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine (ITEM) to further develop 3D printed contractile tissue for pharmaceutical testing. The 3D BioRing Platform by Aspect Biosystems constitutes of 3D printed muscle tissue that contracts and relaxes like real muscle tissue. One of its use involves 3DBioRing Airway, which allows researchers to study bronchoconstriction and relaxation.

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Europe receives the first 3D Printing Center by GE Healthcare

 ge healthcare 3d printing center

GE Healthcare, a part of GE company, has just opened a first European 3D printing and design center, located in Uppsala, Sweden, better known as the Innovative Design and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center for Europe. Featuring both metal and polymer 3D printers as well as collaborative robots, teams of engineers will work together to design, test and produce 3D printed parts for GE Healthcare products and prepare them for manufacturing.

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Medical Grade 3D Printing Filament by TreeD comes to market

 treed launches healthfil line

Italy-based filament producer TreeD Filaments has launched a new filament called the HealthFil, which is the first medical grade 3D printing filament line and can be used for multiple medical applications, ranging from busts and medical models to professional orthotics. The HealthFil filament is 100% certified for skin contact since it is compliant with the requirements of UNI EN 10993-5 European standard.

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Breast Prostheses produced for 1000 patients in need by Engineer

1000 3d print breast prostheses

Mechanical engineering technologist and social entrepreneur, Nneile Nkholise founded a company in the Free State town of Thaba Schu, South Africa in 2015, called the iMedTech Group, that uses 3D printing technology to manufacture breast prostheses. Using the resources and her innovative ideas, Nkholise is currently working to provide 1,000 3D printed breast prostheses to 1,000 women who would otherwise be unable to afford one.

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3D Printing enables PhD Student to create Kidney and Prostate models

3d printed models stratasys

Nicole Wake, a PhD student at Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at NYU School of Medical Sciences, has started working with Stratasys to produce patient-specific, color-coded, 3D printed kidney and prostate models using Stratasys J750 3D printer. These models are then used by physicians to enhance the treatment of several patients and guide surgeons before performing the surgeries.

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Research and Development Tax Credits to aid 3D Printing

3d printing medical devices

3D Printing has been changing the lives of many with its vast use in medical field, allowing them to print medical devices featuring complex geometries. Since the 3D Printing market will soon hit growth rate of 26.2%, a total of $2.3 billion by 2020. Firms and companies engaged in 3D Printing can use Research and Development (R & D) Tax Credit to receive aid and further enhance the era without worrying for the budget.

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Robotic Surgery and 3D Printing comes together for first time

robotic spinal surgery

The robotic technology mixed up with 3D Printing seems like a great idea. Thanks to ROSA, the robot, the dream is finally complete. A 6-year old handicapped suffering with genetic disorder called infantile spinal amyotrophy and severe progressive scoliosis was recently treated with spinal surgery held at University Hospital of Amiens in France. 3D Printed models helped the ROSA install ilio-sarcal screws and practice the complete surgery before the child received the treatment.

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3D Bioprinted Vascular Tissue Scaffolds to enter market: 3Dynamic Systems

3d bioprinted vascular scaffolds

The 3D Printed Vascular Tissue Scaffolds were recently developed by 3Dynamic Systems, a company in Swansea University, Wales. The scaffolds can be used to treat microtia and the company has announced that the commercial market can soon see these scaffolds which can be used for surgical therapy and transplantation while also speed up the field of reconstructive medicine.

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Formalabs submits Newer Biocompatible 3D Printing Resins

formlabs biocompatible resin

Formlabs recently introduced a biocompatible resin in desktop 3D printing called Dental SG which allows dental practitioners to create things like customized drill guides using 3D printing. Formlabs has now introduced a new dental 3D printing resin known as Dental LT Clear. It is the first long-term biocompatible resin in desktop 3D printing, available to be used for orthodontic devices.

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Johnson & Johnson steps out to 3D Printing for Medicine

johnson and johnson medicine

Johnson & Johnson has gone in collaborations with HP and major 3D Printing companies like GE Healthcare in its advanced manufacturing lab which is stocked with 3D printers, robots and other advanced technology. The Johnson & Johnson 3D Printing  Center of Excellence believes 3D printing can be a boon for technology in medicine as well as the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer uses of the technology to a mainstream or a global level.

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3D Printed Spinal Implant alleviates Nerve Pain

3d print spinal implant australia

Dr. Ralph Mobbs from Sydney Spine Clinic, New South Wales, recently performed a surgery that consisted of 3D Printed Titanium Custom Spinal Implant for a 33-year old patient named Evan Horvat from Wollongong. With the 3D Printing and Softwares- 3DMorphic and 3DMPlato, he was able to relieve the intense pain of nerve in his back and leg, due to a bulging disc and a major congenital defect that caused a joint in his lower spine to be abnormally shaped

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Conjoined Twins separated through 3D Printing hit the first milestone

mcdonald twins update

The craniopaqus twins who were born as conjointed twins last year in Children’s Hospital of Montefiore [CAHM], New York, underwent 20 hour surgery with the help of 3D Printing Systems. A highly specialized 3D Printed Model was created of the conjoined twins which guided the surgeons towards a successful surgery with perfect incisions. It has been 1 year now and they seem to be progressing perfectly normal over milestones of childhood.

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Bored of Traditional Prosthetics? Glaze Prosthetics is just here!

3d printed glaze prosthetics

Gone those days with the traditional unpleasant and colorless prosthetics. Glaze Prosthetics, a Polish based company has now introduced more choices to the owners by introducing completely customizable 3D Printed prosthetics. The clients can get various colors with choice on shape and size with high tech accessories. These prosthetics are believed to be light-weight and comfortable and fit for individual clients with a slightly modern look and useful functions.

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