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.

Arfona and Valplast introduce Denture Printing

Arfona and Valplast introduce Denture Printing

Dental materials manufacturer Valplast International Corp and Arfona, a 3D Printing startup have together introduced a new 3D Printer called r.Pod Desktop 3D Printer which can print flexible metal-free partial dentures. The printer supports dual extruders for printing multicolor parts, can handle ABS, PLA, NinjaFlex and taulman3D filaments and is set for retail at $4,999.

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iMakr Med releases Bioprinter to revolutionize Medical 3D Printing

 iMakr Med releases Bioprinter to revolutionize Medical 3D Printing

The South Korean company, iMakr Med Platform, recently revealed their new 3D Printer called the Rokit Invivo Hybrid Bio 3D Printer, which is set to be sold at $34,000 USD and functions as the first hybrid modular bioprinter. The printer contains Invivo gel that helps constructing 3D tissue scaffolds which can be used for potential transplantation.

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Hear and Say Campaign seeks Crowdfunding after no support from Australian Govt.

Hear and Say Campaign seeks Crowdfunding after no support from Australian Govt

Australian researchers from Queensland University of Technology and Brisbane-based Hear and Say Centre are working on FutureHear Project which aims to create 3D printed prosthetic ears for children suffering from microtia, a condition with underdeveloped/missing ears. After failing to receive any help from government, they have now headed to Pozible Crowdfunding campaign for raising around $200,000.

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Create O&P launches flexible 3D Printing System

Create OP launches flexible 3D Printing System

Lake Placid, New-York based Create Orthotics and Prosthetics is launching integrated medical grade 3D Printing system which allows clinical practitioners to design 3D Printed devices in their own clinics. Currently allowing eight unique devices, the cost has been reduced by 65% and works with Flexy Fit prosthetics filament for light weight devices.

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UNYQ and Bitonti collborate to unveil Scoliosis Brace

UNYQ and Bitonti collborate to unveil Scoliosis Brace

UNYQ has announced their 3D Printed Scoliosis Device at White House Event hostel by he White House Office of Public Engagement and Office of Science and Technology Policy in collaboration between the personalized orthotics and prosthetics manufacturer and Studio Bitonti. The device is only 3.5mm thick, breathable, and lightweight and was modeled at the event by Grace Mosier, a 15-year-old girl with scoliosis.

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Stratasys provides Back Brace to Paralympian

 Stratasys provides Back Brace to Paralympian

Polina RoÅūkova, a Latvian wheelchair fencer required better back braces for competing in 2016 Paralympics for which she approached Baltic3D and Stratasys. With data printed on WiDE software and Nylon 12 3D printing material used, the brace was finally printed on Stratasys Fortus 450mc Production 3D Printer which provided easy movement and sweating relief during exertion.

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Students pioneer Scaffold-Free Bioprinting with Hacked Ultimaker

Students pioneer Scaffold Free Bioprinting with Hacked Ultimaker

Students at Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich and the Technical University of Munich formed up a team called Team BiotINK and have discovered a way of 3d printing without going through scaffold formation. Using ultimaker 2+ 3d printer and biotink with streptavidin, the 3d printing can now be done without scaffolds and hence reducing the cost of 3d printing.

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Athletes gear up for Rio Olympics with 3D Printing

Athletes gear up for Rio Olympics with 3D Printing

Veronica Yoko Plebani, an Italian athlete who suffered impairments to both hands and feet due to bacterial meningitis, is now ready to hit Rio Olympics 2016 with the help of 3D Printing. Marco Avaro, a Biomedical Engineer and part of the WASPmedical team 3D printed the perfect braces for Veronica to hit up the canoeing.

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Landmark Hearing Aid via 3D Printing and Earlens Corp

Landmark Hearing Aid via 3D Printing and Earlens Corp

California-based Earlens Corporation have introduced a newer variety of hearing aid that uses light to enhance hearing. Similar to contact lens, the lens attaches to eardrum through surface tension. The device consists of three parts: a light tip, a custom-fitted lens and a photon processor which transmits sound waves to the light tip, which converts the sound into non-visible light.

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Tissue Regeneration Cell Culture by 3D Printing

Tissue Regeneration Cell Culture by 3D Printing

Amy Karle, from Artist in Residence at Autodesk has used CAD design and 3D Printing to create scaffolds in support of cell growth into certain forms by which 3D Printed framework for tissue generation can be made. She makes her own 3D Printed material using polyethylene (glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) hydrogel and 3D Printing it by Ember 3D Printer.

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A Vision for 3D Printed Finger Prosthetics

 A Vision for 3D Printed Finger Prosthetics

Brian Jordan lost his parts of index finger and thumb after an accident with saw and started seeking prosthetic for which he reached Robiotech Corp. Working with lab manager Tony Ingelido at the MakerBot Innovation Center at University of Maryland, they together developed 3D Printed Finger Prosthetics. Currently, they are awaiting the plans of registering the device with FDA.

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Regenerating Bone In Vivo rolls out in Ireland

 Regenerating Bone In Vivo rolls out in Ireland

AMBER Materials Science Center, Ireland, are working on bone grafts through 3D Printing, either via autografting or allografting by inserting the bioprinted materials and patient's stem cells subcutaneously and regenerating the bone. Funded by Science Foundation, Ireland and hosted at Trinity College, Dublin; this new method will provide less painful, successful and affordable reach to the patients with Cancerous tumors or suffering bone defects.

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3D Printed Organs vs The Black Market

3D Printed Organs vs The Black Market

3D Bioprinting is being used in laboratories to produce hearts, livers, kidneys, etc. and no doubt, will be printed in reality for organ transplantation in real patients. But this on the other side, has increased the risk of black market and the ways bad guys will be utilizing these 3D Printed Organs. Since these organs will be available for normal people easily, criminals will find ways to make it not so.

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TOIL team adds Motor Ability and more to 3D Printed Prosthetics

 TOIL team adds Motor Ability and more to 3D Printed Prosthetics

Team of researchers headed by David Scott at MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Technology Office Innovation Laboratory (TOIL) are now working on ways of improving the 3D Printed Prosthetics. Better finger motion, non-electronic temperature, motor technology and tactile feedback are the starts, and they can be added to any e-NABLE prosthetics at a cost around $350.

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The Hybrid Prosthetics that let you Swim

 The Hybrid Prosthetics that let you Swim

Shawn Jones, who received Shapeways Education Grant 2016 has revealed a 3D Printed Prototype of Prosthetic that will allow not just walking or running, but also swimming. Working with Operation Blue Pride (OBP), a non-profit organization, he will use the $1,000 grant to launch the device and help veterans who lost their limb to swim.

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IN UTERO 3D Printed Models help Blind Mothers see their Children

IN UTERO 3D Printed Models help Blind Mothers see their Children

Blind mothers can now visualize the faces of their children using 3D Printed Models from IN UTERO 3D. The family-run company in Poland, IN UTERO 3D uses images from the ultrasound and then creates 3d printed models using Ultimaker printer and Spectrum filament and the process takes around four days before delivering directly to the parents.

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Conjoined Twins Surgery made possible, Thanks to 3D Printing

Conjoined Twins Surgery made possible Thanks to 3D Printing

Two female conjoined twins born at UF Health Shands Hospital in April were sharing thoraco-omphalopagus connection (joined by liver, diaphragm, sternum and heart) and required surgery to be separated. Using cardiac CT and MRI scans, Dr. Co-Vu and her team prepared the 3D model of their hearts and performed a successful surgery.

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AR App that helps e-NABLE Volunteers learn Prosthetic Assembling

AR App that helps e NABLE Volunteers learn Prosthetic Assembling

e-NABLE has launched an Android App called Augmented Reality Raptor Reloaded Assembly Manual which available on Google Play Store and has been created specifically for e-NABLE ommunity by Derek Delizo, a junior in electrical engineering at University of Washington Bothell, along with mentors Rafael Silva andIvan Owen. The main goal of this new AR learning app is to teach the volunteers how to assemble prosthetics on their own.

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Girl receives 3D Printed Arm from e-NABLE Library

Girl receives 3D Printed Arm from e NABLE Library

Five year-old Katelyn Vinick from Texas was born without a fully-formed left hand, and she and her family looking for an alternative to cosmetic hand for which they approached to Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library, home of the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab, a free community makerspace containing, among other tools, multiple 3D printers. Branch Librarian, Jim Johnson selected the e-NABLE’s popular Team Unlimbited Arm for her which was 3D Printed after scaling the design.

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3D Printing cures Tongue Cancer via Anatomiz3D

3D Printing cures Tongue Cancer via Anatomiz3D

A 53-year old patient was admitted to Bangalore's Health Care Global Hospital complaining of mouth ulcer, which was later diagnosed as Tongue cancer using the MRI scan. Surgical oncologist Dr. Vishal Rao and his team with Anatomiz3D used the MRI scan to create a 3D Model of patient's tongue which enabled them to digitally separate the tumor from the tongue and perform the surgery.

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Titanium Medical Implants Maker seek Australian Rebates

Titanium Medical Implants Maker seek Australian Rebates

Melbourne neurosurgeon Paul d'Urso and founder of Anatomics had been making customized 3D print cranial implants such as custom sternum and ribcage for cancer patients. But the Australian Private Funds have denied rebates as the 3D printed implants are not regulated or listed on the federal government's Prostheses list. They are looking forward for more support so that the industry would be able to process Australia's abundant titanium into the inks and powders used in 3D printing.

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3D Printed Heart Models help Doctors in Poland

3D Printed Heart Models help Doctors in Poland

Three team collaborated on project to develop better 3D Printed Models of Heart of fetus using the ultrasounds. The GRID company, Rapid Crafting and experts at MWU in Poland worked to 3D Print realistic heart models which can help to learn more about any abnormality in fetus and each model is is 10 x 14 x 10 cm, and includes instructions as well as illustrations detailing each layer of the model.

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3D Printed Clitoris for Sex Education in France

3D Printed Clitoris for Sex Education in France

Odile Fillod, a researcher, with help of Melissa Richard, mediator of the Carrefoure Numérique Fab Lab at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris, who took to Blender to create a 3D model of an Clitoris for Sex Education in France. The 3D Model was it was printed in PLA on a Mondrian 3D printer, and the open source file has been made available. Also, Fillod has been working with V’idéaux, a Toulouse-based documentary film production company, to create a Ministry of Education-supported website for the cause where a video about clitoris will be included in January 2017.

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3D Printed Cranial Implants by 3DCeram

3D Printed Cranial Implants by 3DCeram

French-based company 3DCeram worked with Dr. Joël Brie and the maxillofacial surgery department at Limoges University Hospital to develop Cranial Prosthetics using 3D Printing technology. The 3D Printer used is Ceramaker which utilizes pastes made from photopolymers combined with alumina, zirconia or hydroxypatite (HA) and can 3D Print Cranial Prosthesis in about 48 hours using SLA Technology.

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These 4 Universities have their own 3D Printing Plans

 These 4 Universities have their own 3D Printing Plans

The Four Universities are working their own way to develop 3D Printing for medical uses and these include Indiana University-layering by applying a viscous bio-ink; Wake Forest University- Integrated Tissue and Organ Printing System (ITOP), which deposits biodegradables to form the tissue's shape, and water-based gels that contain the cells; Pennsylvania State University- artificial cartilage produced by the team is very similar to native cow cartilage and lastly, Advanced Solutions Life Sciences working with capillary beds, which they can flow blood through in the lab.

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Rising 3D Printing Piracy in Pharmaceuticals

 Rising 3D Printing Piracy in Pharmaceuticals

Since the launch of less costly 3D Printers, more and more users are now getting to 3D Print their own Pharmaceutical pills at home. This has led to Piracy issues of 3D Printed medical drugs which require FDA approval and hence, the need to claim copyrighting for them. It has been asked that manufactures might be required to design the drugs in such a way that it requires a specific type of material, one not compatible with 3D technology.

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FARO Forensic ScanArm Solution pioneers Solving Criminal Cases

 FARO Forensic ScanArm Solution pioneers Solving Criminal Cases

In response to increasing requests for public safety/forensics solutions and criminal cases, FARO have designed FARO Forensic ScanArm Solution equipped with FusionM ScanArm, a versatile, portable scanner that utilizes blue light technology to perform fast, high-resolution scans of forensic artifacts without needing to touch or move them. The ScanArm is also bundled with 3D Systems’ Geomagic software for quick, high-quality 3D modeling and printing.

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Sinterex and TAMU innovate Metal 3D Printing in Middle East

Sinterex and TAMU innovate Metal 3D Printing in Middle East

Engagement of Dr. Alaa Elwany of Texas A&M University , Dr. Paul Smith from Glasgow School of Art's Institute of Design Innvovation and Julian Callanan, founder of Sinterex led to development of Metal 3D Printing in middle east. Sinterex will provide consulting services as well as manufacturing services and the organization has announced their first Metal 3D Printer aiming for Biomedical Field.

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Materialise counsels Bennett Engineering to 3D Printing Success

 Materialise counsels Bennett Engineering to 3D Printing Success

England's Bennett Engineering Design Solutions, established in 1999 gained interest in 3D Printing after Materialise offered them teach the way of working with 3D printing. By the far end, Bennett Engineering have already 3D Printed over 30 products on client requests and now are looking forward to learn about metal printing materials like titanium, aluminum and stainless steel with the help of Materialise.

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Hong Kong Hospital perform first Surgery of its kind using 3D Printing

 Hong Kong Hospital perform first Surgery of its kind using 3D Printing

A medical team of 8 members at Hong Kong-based Queen Elizabeth Hospital team used 3D printing technology to create a detailed heart model of their 77-year-old patient Shum. The medical specialists performed a surgery that involved the replacing of two heart valves through blood vessels in a single operation. The surgery with 3D Printing involved minimal invasiveness and was completed in just four hours.

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Multiply Labs launches Personalized Supplements for Fitness

Multiply Labs launches Personalized Supplements for Fitness

Team of Researchers at Multiply Labs have launched their first Personalized Supplement in market which consists of Vitamins, Minerals and others like Caffeine and Omega 3 and comes in form of capsule which is half an inch long and contains only pure elements, no additives. These capsules are 3D printed with FDA-approved pharmaceutical polymers, and then filled by a robotic system and moreover, Multiply Labs allows you to design own pills by specifying the supplements and quantities of desire.

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Inside 3D Printing Conference & Exp San Diego starts Registration

Inside 3D Printing Conference Exp San Diego starts Registration

Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo San Diego is going to take place on December 14 and 15 at the San Diego Convention Center, of which the four tracks for the show have been announced recently : The Business Track, The Manufacturing Track, The Medical Track and The Metal Track. The Medical Track at the show will offer insight into the design and manufacturing of customized implants, dental devices, tissues, etc. using a variety of additive technologies. Registration is currently open until September 16.

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Researchers study Titanium Powder to enhance its Medical Use in 3D Printing

Researchers study Titanium Powder to enhance its Medical Use in 3D Printing

Researchers from the University of Waterloo in Ontario performed a study regarding 3D printing processes with metal and layer thicknesses in material and used Titanium Powder with particle size range of 38–45 μm which was 3D printed on the ZPrinter 310 Plus by 3D Systems . Several different studies considered Particle size, Sintering temperature and Powder compaction level from which they found how layer thickness affects powder compaction during 3D printing, as well as how temperature variations affect bonding and they can now aim to help close any gaps that might occur as implants loosen and cause inflammation and other issues for patients.

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Indian Maker inspired to Help Amputee Children through Indiegogo Campaign

Indian Maker inspired to Help Amputee Children through Indiegogo Campaign

Prashant Gade, a maker from Pune, India met a 5-year old girl who was missing both of her arms from the elbows down and he created Bio_Nick, a 3D printed electronic prosthetic arm actuated by signals from the foot for her. Motivated by the cause, Gade launched an Indiegogo Campaign with the goal of raising $150,000 and create more prosthetics for the children having similar difficulties in life.

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Autodesk, Enable Community Foundation and Voodoo Manufacturing make Biggest Hand-Prosthetic Drive

Autodesk Enable Community Foundation and Voodoo Manufacturing make Biggest Hand Prosthetic Drive

Autodesk, Enable Community Foundation (ECF) and Voodoo Manufacturing have prepared the biggest hand-drive to date with help from volunteers, including 6,000 volunteer hours just from Autodesk team. The 28 Autodesk offices in different parts of world combined to work on 750 Prosthetic Hands for Children who have lost their body parts and helped them recover into a better life.

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Olympic Champion to receive 3D Printed Shoes from Adidas

Olympic Champion to receive 3D Printed Shoes from Adidas

Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be wearing 3D Printed Shoe from Adidas at the Rio de Janeiro for the women’s 100m preliminaries on August 12th. The 3D Printed Shoe called Zoom Superfly Elite Shoe has been designed after intensive testing and ditching of traditional screw-in spikes by Adidas. Superfly Elite has been said to provide the right amount of support, withstand the repeated impacts and it has to be lightweight.

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Chinese Researchers plan to 3D Print Custom Skin to help Burn Victims

Chinese Researchers plan to 3D Print Custom Skin to help Burn Victims

Professor Wu Jun, director of the Burns Institute at the Southwest Hospital in Chongqing and his fellow researchers are working on 3D Printed Custom Skin to match the wounds of burn victims. Currently experimenting with pig skin, he stated that in printing skin, the biggest challenge is the ink and the process is expected to be finalized within two to three years. With 3D Printed Custom Skin, they will be able to help patients with burns with faster recovery, reduced risk of infection and eventual scarring.

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BMW 3D Prints for US Paralympic Team

 Paralympic Team to be powered by BMW 3D Printing Solutions

DesignworksUSA, the BMW-owned creative consultancy and the Official Mobility Partner of the United States Olympic Committee, used a 3D scan of US Paralympian Athlete Josh George on his chair and created 3D models, including the athlete in the procedure, that could fine tune the aerodynamics. The new redesign will help the athletes be more comfortable and enhance performance since it is lighter than aluminum and also provides greater torsional rigidity and stiffness.

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Researchers use Medical Phantom Model for Clubfoot Treatment

Researchers use Medical Phantom Model for Clubfoot Treatment

Professor Kenji Shimada and his research team from Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering have developed "Medical Phantom Model" ”, which uses 3D printing to create a realistic looking and feeling hands-on training model for surgeons and by using a clear ballistic gel, a 10% synthetic non-fouling gel material typically used for testing ammunition and to simulate bullet wounds. Currently it is being used for Clubfoot, or Congenital Talipes Equinovarus (CTEV), a congenital deformity which is distinguished by one or both feet being turned inwards and upwards and results in serious mobility problems if left untreated.

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3D Printed Anatomy Kits help Medical Students

3D Printed Anatomy Kits help Medical Students

The 3D Printed Anatomy Kits were made available for sale last year by Monash University and partner Erler Zimmer which are now being currently used widely by the medical students to learn anatomy without actually having to dissect real cadavers in dissection halls. Professor Paul McMenamin, Director of the Centre for Human Anatomy Education at Monash, and his team uses CT and laser scans of real human bodies to create the full-color replicas, while each full-body replica consists of 57 parts, and larger components can take up to a week to 3D print.

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