• Greece Doctors served by 3D Life Medical Models

    Powered with one of most advanced 3D printers, 3D Life is providing medical models to doctors and students in Greece. These high quality models help doctors save many lives each year with pre-diagnostic expertise.

  • $25 3D Printed Vein Finder can be great assist for Nurses

    While Alex, a military automative engineer, designed a cheap cost Vein finder for his girlfriend, it also became a breakthrough how effectiveness of 3D printing can not always mean cost. This Battery powered DIY device is easy to use and penetrates skin, fat tissue and oxygenated blood with ease.

  • 3D Printed Cartilages to repair Shoulders,Knees,Ears and Nose

    Sweden Team led by Paul Gatenholm at the Wallenberg Wood Science Center has discovered scaffolds to regenerate Cartilages using 3D printed technology. These 3D printed chondrocytes when implanted in living mice, resulted in cartilage production. The team is currently working to explore it's use in human clinical trials.

  • 3D Prints help Blinds explore the images

    Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany, have developed a new kind of display called Linespace. This 3D printed display is more of on-demand image printing which can help blind people to re-discover what the actual world feels like.

  • Advancing age of Orthobiologics

    Inspite of cutting out the injuries and prescribing medications for pain, 3D printing has opened new doors of Orthobiologics. 3D Bone Implants such as CT-Bone® from Next21 and Xilloc and Repair and Regeneration techniques from Kuros Biosciences and Bioventus are some of the landmarks of 3D printing sectors.

  • Micro-Sensored Rocks to aid Oil extraction and CO2 Capture

    Aware of the fact, that rocks can't talk, Professor Maroto-Valer from European Research Council, plan to design his own 3D Printed rocks which will help them understand how liquids and gases travel through porous rocks in the subsurface. The team will 3D print their own porous rocks with incorporated micro sensors, thus allowing them to maximize oil extraction and storage of captured CO2.

  • Meso-Brain initiative receives $3.7 million from EC

    The MESO-BRAIN consortium received €3.3 million funding from European Commision under its Future and Emerging Technology (FET) funding program. Meso-Brain is currently planning to support the development of human neural networks that emulate brain activity using human induced pluripotent stem cells differentiated into neurons.

  • Sensing through the 3D Printed Hand

    With normal prosthetics, you can have motor functions, but not the sensory touch. Researchers at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies have built a 3D printed prosthetic hand that can help you "feel" while you touch. Fingertip is composed of an electrical sensor coated in a polymer, which translates surface coarseness into current pulses relayed to a nerve in the arm.

  • Smarttech unveils it's Scan3dMed

    Although there are already many 3D scanners in market, Smarttech, Polish company, has introduced it's powerful scan3dmed scanner that can full scan whole body in 0.7 seconds. With 430 x 110 x 220 mm scanner, doctors can now instantly plan 3D prints for custom prosthetics, accessories and mobility devices with increased patient's convenience.

  • Pope blesses 3D Printing

     Pope blesses 3D Printing

    A team of fifteen students from Massimiliano Massimo Institute,Rome, made a 3-D printer which makes prosthetic hands from plastic waste, received blessings from Pope Fracis. These 3d Printers are going to Uganda and Congo to make new hands for people maimed in civil wars, accidents, and by disease after crowd-funding from Crowd4Africa

  • German Paralympian to use 3D Printed Leg

    German Paralympian 3D Printed Prosthetic Leg

    German Paralympian cyclist, Denise Schindler will be using 3d Printed leg prosthetic for 2016 Rio Olympics. AutoDesk will be providing her with replacement prosthetic, and she believes it is far better as previous plaster prosthetic was slow to produce and relatively expensive.

  • Materilise CEO calls for Improved Clinical Guidelines

     Materialise CEO

    Fried Vancraen, CEO of Materialise has called upon stakeholders for agreement of common standards of clinical, economical and patient benefits of medical 3D printing. He stated that success can only be achieved with globally accepted set of guidelines helping the medical 3D printing industry to better persuade physicians, hospitals, and policy makers to adopt this increasingly valuable technology.

  • Ira3D enters the Medical Market with Filament Offerings

    Ira3D Special Filaments

    Ira3D, Italian 3D Printing company, has just entered the 3D Printing market with it's abundance of Thermoplastic filaments targeted to revolutionize medical field. Irabs Bismuto, Gummify Skin, NYLON 680, Nylon Protesis, Nylon Protesis and IRA PP TALC are the special filaments set to harness the benefits of 3D Printing.

  • 3D Printing the Custom Prosthetic Arm Sockets

     Custom Prosthetic Sockets Neya

    Emelie Strömshed from School of Engineering at Lund University in Sweden, has developed a step-by-step process to combine prosthetic arm socket CAD data with 3D scan data of a patients residual limbs to create perfectly fitting 3D printed prosthetic arm sockets. This process is intended to guide prosthetist without requiring extensive experience in CAD and also allows socket to be adopted for passive and active myoelectric prostheses.

  • In(3D)ustry to see future of 3D Printing

    In3dustry 3D Printing

    In(3D)ustry:From Needs to Solutions conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain on June 21-23 to see world-famous companies like HP, Hofmann and Ultimaker take part in event. While Vinton Cerf (Father of Internet) will deliver opening keynote, Architects will represent the latest 3D printed projects and surgeons will describe how the technology is being used for medical applications including facial reconstruction and pediatric oncology.

  • Fuel3D awarded £1.2M for Custom Eyewear Scanners

    Fuel3D Custom Eyewear Scanning

    Fuel3D was awarded £1.2M European Union’s Horizon 2020 for developing 3D scanning system for custom eyewear. This scanning system will allow gathering a customer's facial data in a single scan and using it to generate custom eyewear that is designed specifically for them.

  • SkinResQU plans to 3D Print Human Skin

    3D Printed Skin

    SkinResQU, Centre for skin research at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers, is planning to 3D Print human skin with purpose of transplants and testing medical treatments. Since the prohibition of animal skin, it is difficult for clinical trials and donated skin parts aren't sufficient, 3D Printed Skin appears to be the perfect solution.

  • Polish Artificial Heart 3D printed on Zortrax M200

     Zortrax M200 Printed Artifical Heart

    Researchers from the Cybernetics Department of the Military University of Technology in Warsaw have developed 3D Printed Artificial Hearts from Zortrax M200 3D printers, which are currently being used for research purpose solely. However, company is looking forward to use these Artificial 3D Printed Hearts as transplants in patients.

  • 3D Printed Cheese worth eating: Dutch researchers think so

     3D Printed Cheese

    Michaëla van Leeuwen, a farmer in Netherlands, launched her 3D printed Cheese product at a Dutch food conference in April. Criticizing the falling prices of milk in Netherlands, she believes this added product will increase relationship with her customers and also allow creating a niche market.

  • SLA 3D Printer is worth manufacturing Oral Tablets

     SLA 3D Printed Oral Tablets

    Researchers from the University College London’s School of Pharmacy have concluded that 3D Printers using Stereolithography (SLA) technology are most viable and potent for manufacturing oral tablets for prescription drugs. This will allow them to keep the drugs contained with the “solidified matrices” thus reducing degradation and enhancing drug action.

  • Doctor Without Borders pursue 3D Printing for Hospital Setups

     Doctors without Borders 3D Print

    Médecins Sans Frontières, aka Doctors Without Borders are planning to use 3D Printing and Virtual reality technologies for organization setup field hospitals. The 3D Models and Virtual Reality reproduction of a recently designed facility in Cantahay, Philippines for 2013 typhoon victims was first of the project.

  • Italian Hospital uses 3D Printed Implants for Cancer

     3d print italy cancer implants

    Italy’s National Institute of Rome Tumori Regina Elena, Cancer surgical center, became the first hospital in the nation to use customized titanium implants to repair bones damaged by bone cancer (Osteosarcoma). The prosthetic implants were 3D printed in titanium using an Arcam electron beam melting (EBM) process with Sicily-based 3D printing services provider Mt. Ortho.

  • Oceanz Professional First to Receive Medical 3D Printing Certification

     Oceanz Professionals Medical Certificate

    Oceanz Professionals has become the first 3D Printing Company to receive ISO 13485 Certification. This certification remains valid for 3 years and is the medical version of "ISO 9001" which creates guidelines for medical device manufacturers.

  • 3D Printed Ear Models for Education by Erasmus Medical Center

     3D Printed Ear Models for Education by Erasmus Medical Center

    Surgeons and doctors of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, are using 3D printed bones and structures as training models for students. The first test started on 21 June in Rotterdam, and involved a 3D printed mastoid bone while these bones were developed by Medical Data.

  • 3D Printed Micro-Camera Lens that You can Inject in your Body

     3D Printed Micro Camera Lens

    A group of German engineers at the University of Stuttgart led by Dr. Timo Gissibl have developed a process for creating a functional micro-camera lens. The triple lens optical head is only about 100 micrometers wide and can be can be injected into the human body with a standard syringe needle allowing for the internal examination of microscopic structures.

  • SpermBots for Male Infertility by 3D Printing

     SpermBots for Male Infertility by 3D Printing

    Team of researchers from Institute for Integrative Nanosciences at IFW Dresden, Germany, have developed spermbots, a tiny metal helix that attaches to individual sperm cells and help them move. Fit over sperm cells to treat infertility, team used 3D laser lithography to create the helix.

  • Croatian Cancer Patient gets 3D Printed Ear

     Croatian Cancer Patient gets 3D Printed Ear

    Faculty of Medicine at the University of Rijeka completed a complicated operation by attaching a 3D-printed ear to a patient who lost his ear due to skin cancer (Basal Cell Carcinoma). On February 20, Dr. Dubravko Manestar attached the ear which was made from biocompatible silicone.

  • Wacker Chemie to Debut World's First industrial 3D printer for Silicones at "K 2016"

     Wacker Chemie to Debut Worlds First industrial 3D printer for Silicones at K 2016

    The first ever Industrial 3D Printer for Silicones by Germany’s Wacker Chemie will be showcased at “K 2016” trade fair on 19th October at Düsseldorf / Germany. The “ACEO” Imagine Series K printer uses a drop-on-demand method where tiny silicone droplets are deposited on a substrate by layering process to produce a homogeneous product that does not differ much from injection-moulded parts.

  • Biocompatible Implants by Evonik to replace metal ones


    Team of researchers at German Chemical Company, Evonik have developed 3d printed biocompatible implants as a substitute for metal implants with advantage of easy absorbability by human body. This 3D Printed biocompatible material will slowly dissolve inside bone as it heals, thereby eliminating need for surgical procedure.

  • Meet Little Alfie: The Bionic Boy


    Alfie from Ballynahinch in Co. Down was born without his right hand when Megan Tissington from Dublin designed the robotic arm for him as part of her final year project at The National College of Art and Design. The project is called “aumentarM” which is a 3D printed arm and hand system for children aged between four and 12 years.

  • Stratasys to display J750 3D Printer at TCT Show

    Stratasys to display J750 3D Printer at TCT Show

    Making its debut at this year's TCT show in Birmingham will be Stratasys’ recently-launched J750 3D printer, reportedly the world’s only full colour, multi-material 3D printer. The J750 is designed for prototypes, as well as tooling, moulds, jigs and fixtures and its unique 3D printing capabilities enable users for the first time to combine full colour gradients with a range of materials to achieve the most realistic parts in the industry, easily and without post-processing.

  • e-NABLING SPAIN with CIFP Don Bosco


    CIFP Don Bosco, a vocational training center located in the Basque Country of Spain, began working with 3D printers and soon its students and staff signed up with e-NABLE as volunteers. They immediately met two recipients from Mexico – 54 year old Rodolfo and 57 year old Gustavo for which Don Bosco students created the Flexy Hand 2 model. Since then, CIFP Don Bosco is working with e-NABLE to help people requiring prosthetics for a better life.

  • Reddit User 3D Prints his own Custom Brace after breaking Hand

    Reddit User 3D Prints his own Custom Brace after breaking Hand

    A Reddit User, 3driven or in reality, Paavo Pirhonen of Helsinki, Finland, is a radiographer and electrical engineering student, broke his fifth metacarpal of hand after colliding with a car while cycling. He 3D Printed his own custom brace using Autodesk Inventor Professional 2016 and then 3D printing with PLA which he could remove daily, wash it and even go for swimming wearing it. The doctors were okay with it and he has now shared the design on Thingiverse.

  • German Medical Company opens plant in United States

    German Medical Company opens plant in United States

    KLS Martin Group, a German medical-supply company will be opening its first U.S manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, according to Rick Scott’s Office. While the focus of the new operations will be on precision 3D printing and milling of products for reconstructive surgery, Tom Johnston of KLS Martin Manufacturing stated that the Jacksonville plant will not only be the first in North America, but the company’s first outside of Germany.

  • e-NABLing France

    e NABLing France

    Thierry Oquidam from France, IT Director in communication started volunteering to help as the e-NABLE Matcher for all of Europe and later delivered the first 3D printed e-NABLE hand in France to a young fellow named Maxence. He has made 7 devices and the whole e-NABLE France chapter has delivered 9 devices so far with currently 15 in process for the recipients requiring 3D Printed Hand or Arm. He is currently seeking donations in form of 3D Printers or materials to create more devices and help more people in need.

  • 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.

  • Materialise plans to Build Europe's Largest and Modern 3D Printing Factory in Poland

     Materialise plans to Build Europes Largest and Modern 3D Printing Factory in Poland

    With increasing popularity of 3D Printing Revolutions, Materialise has decided to construct Europe’s largest and most modern 3D printing factory which will be built in the Polish village of Bielany Wrocławskie. The construction is start later this year and is planned to end in mid-2017. This new factory will be a perfect opportunity for Materialise to extend their presence in the automotive, aerospace and medical industries. However, local Materialise branch leader Piotr Adamczewski has stated it will be focused on medical care.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Recreating Microvasculature with 3D Printing

    Coronary Microvasculature 300x300 2

    One roadblock to 3D printing complete, functional organs lies in our inability to ensure the engineered tissue will be well nourished with an accessible blood supply.  Presently we have seen attempts at recreating arteries and veins, but successfully ensuring blood flow deep into tissue to the level of the capillary beds has proven elusive. A group of bioengineers and clinicians have pioneered a technique allowing them to print a fibrin patch containing organized endothelial cells, the cellular linining of blood vessels. Not only did the printed patch enhance blood vessel formation, but the engineered vascular tissue actually integrated with the host's own vasculature, improving tissue perfusion of damaged tissues. This research provides a novel technique that may permit printing of larger blocks of tissue and even organs.

  • Human Earlobe Receives Complex Vasculature With Open Source Vitaprint

     Human Earlobe receives Complex Vasculature with Open Source Vitaprint

    The Institute for Development of Advanced Applied Systems (IRNAS), located in Slovenia, operates Symbiolab, an open source-based biolab that focuses on the development of future-proof 3D biofabrication. The company developed Vitaprint, an open source platform which has now been used by IRNAS to fabricate 3D Printed Blood Vessels into a human earlobe using the freeform perfusable vessel and channel systems into bio-compatible hydrogels.

  • Live Surgery for Cancer With 3D Printing Technology Viewed by International Live Broadcast

     Live Surgery for Cancer with 3D Printing Technology gets viewed by International Live Broadcast

    Patient Robert Begent was treated with Kidney Transplant last year at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital in London by Professor Prokar Das Gupta, a consultant urological surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas. The surgery was aided by 3D Printing Technology in form of 3D Printed model. And this live surgery was recorded, which was shown at Worldwide Robotic Surgery 24-hour event by Worldwide Robotic Surgery Education (WRSE) recently.

  • First 3D Printed Shoulder Implant Surgery Successful in Croatia

     First 3D Printed Shoulder Implant Surgery Successful in Croatia

    A 60-year-old man in Croatia had been suffering from an infection in his shoulder, resulting in him losing bone mass and mobility of his shoulder joint. A team of surgeons led by Nikola Matejčić, MD at the Clinic for Orthopaedics in Lovran, implanted a 3D Printed Shoulder which was created using a technology of additive manufacturing, namely the Trabecular Titanium 3D printing technology.

  • Students From Paris High School Form Give Me Five Charity to Distribute Free Prosthetic Hands

     Students from Paris High School form Give Me Five Charity to distribute Free Prosthetic Hands

    Joni Inman and Anna Claire Richey, two high school students from Paris High School have formed a charity called Give Me Five with partnership with a software company to distribute 3D printed prosthetics. Their first 3D Printed Prosthetic, which took 28 hours to print and 7 hours to assemble, is awaiting approval from their software company. Although the medical prosthetic hand can cost around $11,000, the Give Me Five prosthetics will cost only $75 and will be distributed around for free to those who cannot afford it.

  • These 3D Printed Spermbots Are the Ultimate Warriors in Battle Against Cervical Cancer

     These 3D Printed Spermbots are the Ultimate Warriors in Battle Against Cervical Cancer

    Researchers from Institute for Integrative Nanosciences (IIN) at IFW Dresden in are working to develop a Biohybrid Sperm Microbot, which could be used in the future to deliver anti-cancer drugs like doxorubicin hydrochloride to cancerous tumors in women’s reproductive tracts, and help in cancer like Cervical Cancer. The tests had already been successful, the team is just working to make the invisible drug delivery system a bit more accessible to hospitals and simultaneously monitor the spermbot’s movement inside the body in real time.

  • Switzerland Advances in Mixing Laser Tech and 3D Printing for Tissue Repair

     Switzerland Advances in Mixing Laser Tech and 3D Printing for Tissue Repair

    Researchers at EPFL in Switzerland have developed 3D printed microstructures with a 1.0 micron lateral and 21.5-micron axial printing resolution by detailing their approach towards existing laser-based microfabrication techniques which uses two-photon photopolymerization. The research team is now working toward clinical use for their technique while developing biocompatible photopolymers and a compact delivery system.

  • KCE Report Addresses High Risk Medical Devices and Framework

     KCE Report Addresses High Risk Medical Devices and Framework

    A report was published by the Belgian Health Care Knowledge Center (KCE), identifying 3 main types of 3D printed medical devices – Customizable, Standard and Custom-made. The report addresses risks and challenges of this technology and drafts an operational framework for these devices, over viewing their effectiveness, safety, cost, and legal issues.

  • Digitalizing the Pharmaceuticals for 3D Printing

     Digitalizing the Pharmaceuticals for 3D Printing

    Researchers from the University of Glasgow are using a chemical-to-digital converter to digitize the process of drug manufacturing to 3D print pharmaceuticals on demand. The digital code is used by the 3D printer to make a portable factory, which can make the drug by adding chemicals in a pre-defined, fail-safe sequence, making it possible for users to synthesize nearly any compound.

  • 3D Printing Helps Father Donate Kidney to Her Daughter End-Stage Kidney Disease

    3D Printing Helps Father Donate Kidney to Her Daughter End Stage Kidney Disease

    Pauline Fenton, a 22-year-old mother from Belfast was living with end-stage kidney disease, and was completely reliant on dialysis until her 45 year old father; William volunteered to donate one of his kidneys. William had a potentially cancerous cyst on the kidney he was going to donate which was successfully removed using axial3D printed model of his kidney, and the transplant took place successfully.

  • Researchers Work Towards Building Medical Models for Peritoneal Cancer

    Researchers Work Towards Building Medical Models for Peritoneal Cancer

    Researchers at Ghent University have developed a 3D bioprinted model of a scaffold from PLA that more accurately replicates the size, porosity and mechanical and biochemical properties of peritoneal metastasis to treat Cancer. Cancerous cells are then cultivated for testing after which they implanted their model in the peritoneal cavities of a mice to test its working in vivo.

  • Porous Scaffolds From UPC Researchers For FDM 3D Printing Show Promises Fulfilled

    Porous Scaffolds From UPC Researchers For FDM 3D Printing Show Promises Fulfilled

    Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona developed a new method of designing porous scaffolds for FDM 3D printing using a dual-extruder Sigma 3D printer from BCN3D to fabricate three sample scaffolds out of PLA, and then measuring their pore size and total porosity. They applied their model to a disc shape and defined three different variables: Distance between parallel planes; Number of base points for columns on each plane and Radius of each column.

  • Treatment Of Cleft Lip And Palate Of Newborn Receives Aid From 3D Printing

    Treatment Of Cleft Lip And Palate Of Newborn Receives Aid From 3D Printing

    A study conducted at Technical University of Munich (TUM) described their virtual workflow, and also analyzed how effective semi-automated intraoral molding plate generation, or RapidNAM, is for helping to treat Cleft Lip and Palate (CLP). A 3D triangulation scanner from 3Shape in Denmark was used to digitalize the casts, and after creating a graphical user interface (GUI), an algorithm automatically detected the alveolar ridge, in order to find the monthly growth rate in the anatomical study of 32 healthy newborn babies. Special 3D software was used to help with plate expansions during the manual plate molding.

  • Bonds Over The Bones: Student Joins Teacher To Fight Off Gap Of Bone Cancer

    Bonds Over The Bones Student Joins Teacher To Fight Off Gap Of Bone Cancer

    Linh Nam, a Harvard College Student was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a cancerous tumor in the bone when she was just ten years old and had a section of bone removed from her leg with a gap left and upcoming 10 surgeries over a decade. However, she joined with Hala Zreiqat, biomedical engineering professor, to work on a project that aims to create a biocompatible, artificial material with the same strength and porosity as real bone using 3D printing. Professor Zreigat’s team finally found a way to generate a porous core of a novel multi-component ceramic for bone implants using 3D printing which will be available to public around 2019.

  • Placenta Through 3D Printing Gives Way To Learning Inheritance

    Placenta Through 3D Printing Gives Way To Learning Inheritance

    Researchers at TU Wien (Vienna) have 3D printed a placenta on a chip to specifically study the permeability of the placenta and gain a better understanding of how it works. They developed a special femtosecond laser-based 3D printing process to produce customized hydrogel membranes directly within microfluidic chips, which are then populated with placenta cells. The researchers can use the chip to closely monitor biological parameters such as the pressure, temperature, geometry and nutrient supply of the mini-placenta and also test different drugs on the 3D printed tissue, observing the progression of diseases and the rate of cure.

  • Researchers Work Toward 3D Printed Magnets For Medical Devices

    Researchers Work Toward 3D Printed Magnets For Medical Devices

    ETH Zurich researchers are working on using 3D Printing Technology to create Magnets that can be used in Rotary Blood Pumps, which are the only option for patients suffering from end-stage heart failure. The traditionally available pumps tend to have the side effects of hemolysis and thrombus formation, therefore they created a filament made from thermoplastic combined with isotropic NdFeB powder, which was then used to 3D print a prototype of a turbodynamic pump with integrated magnets in the impeller and housing. The pump was 3D printed in one piece on a low-cost, consumer-level 3D printer (a Prusa i3 MK2 with a multi-material upgrade, to be exact), then the magnetic components were fully magnetized in a pulsed Bitter coil, added with MagFil, the 3D Printed Magnets, and whole process took 15 hours.

  • CT-Bone Implants By Next 21 Gets Approved In Japan And Europe

    CT Bone Implants By Next 21 Gets Approved In Japan And Europe

    Next 21 K.K., after receiving a commercialization approval in Japan and Europe, has announced formal approval for a new technology to 3D print synthetic bone grafts, called CT-Bone, which is a 3D printable, calcium phosphate implant that’s actually converted into real bone by the patient’s own body. After a CT-scan, Next21 K.K.’s biomedical team create a patient-specific implant (PSI), which can incorporate porosity and match the patient’s anatomy perfectly, which helps facilitate bony ingrowth and good bone-to-implant contact.

  • 3D Printed Surgical Guides Help Enhance Total Knee Replacement Surgeries

    3D Printed Surgical Guides Help Enhance Total Knee Replacement Surgeries

    Staff at Orthoparc in the Netherlands have developed a method of patient-centered total knee replacement through Surgical Guides that helps make the surgery less invasive, removing the need to drill into the femur canal as in traditional knee replacement surgery procedures and simultaneously increase the comfort of patient. These surgical guides are produced using data gathered about an individual patient’s knee and are fabricated in-house on a 3D printer. When placed upon the patient during surgery, they guide the surgeon to exactly where cuts need to be made in relationship to where the knee is resting.

  • 3D Printed Anatomical Models Closer To Human Cadavers Says Research

    3D Printed Anatomical Models Closer To Human Cadavers Says Research

    A group of researchers from the Netherlands finished a validation study to test the accuracy of 3D printed anatomical models for surgical planning purposes which included dissecting nine human cadavers to acquire three specimens each of a pelvis, hand, and foot, and inserting Titanium Kirschner (K-) wires in them to mark important anatomical landmarks. Using a Siemens Somatom Definition AS 64-slice CT to scan the specimens, and then using Phillips Intellispace Portal software for 3D reconstructions, the models were 3D Printed using an Ultimaker 3 and a Makerbot Replicator Z18 using PLA material.

  • Surgery For Scoliosis Gets Even Better

    Surgery For Scoliosis Gets Even Better

    The PAMIS project aims at improving scoliosis surgery through the development of 3D Printing Technology. Using 3D scans of the patient’s spine, patient specific implants can be 3D printed, using lightweight, biocompatible materials and used for Scoliosis surgery. CITD, a Spanish engineering company, has taken over PAMIS Project with plans to further revolutionize the technology with their expertise in additive manufacturing for healthcare.

  • Magnet-Plastic Heart Through 3D Printed Artificial Heart Pumps Like Real Heart

    Magnet Plastic Heart Through 3D Printed Artificial Heart Pumps Like Real Heart

    Kai von Petersdorff-Campen, a doctoral student in the mechanical and process engineering department at ETH Zurich, revealed his prototype of Magnet-Plastic Heart made through 3D Printing which took him 15 hears. The method, so called embedded magnet printing, involved 3D printing the magnets directly in the plasti and making processing them into filament strands, before they are 3D printed using FDM technology. The prototype of 3D printed heart pump was able to successfully pump 2.5 liters per minute with 1,000 rotations, but still needs to meet the required standards.

  • 4D Bioprinting Can Have Miraculous Potential In Regenerative Medicine

    4D Bioprinting Can Have Miraculous Potential In Regenerative Medicine

    A group of Portugese Researchers are working towards 4D Bioprinting in Regenerative medicine and ultimately pave the path for bioprinting human tissues for medical uses. With 3D Printing enhanced with 4th dimension, the researchers point out the potential to have greater control over size, shape and interconnectivity. Through 4D Bioprinting, researchers will be able to morph bioinks into viable cells and tissues without the boundaries of nature, however, this is yet to be explored in terms of temperature, peripheral chemicals, stress and UV light exposure, and ofcourse, the nature itself.

  • After Bones, Researchers Move To 3D Printing Meniscus Prototype

    After Bones Researchers Move To 3D Printing Meniscus Prototype

    Researchers at the Istituto Orthopedico in Rizzoli, Bologna made an attempt to improve on current methods for making tissue repairs and replacement by creating 3D Printed Meniscus Prototype. Using the real MRI Scans and converting them to .stl file, then proceeding to create a model from which to make the meniscus prototype and resulting scaffolds. The researchers used the 3D printed model of the knee to assist in reconstruction of the meniscus. They used a series of 2D cross sections to create tool paths, using LifeInk 200 bio-ink as the material for printing cells, and then 3D Printing the final product of Meniscus Prototype.

  • 3D Printed Dentures Made With Hybrid Nanocomposite Yield Excellent Results

    3D Printed Dentures Made With Hybrid Nanocomposite Yield Excellent Results

    35 Patients participated in a jont study for Dentures and received 3D Printed Dentures made from a composite material, poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)–nanoTiO2. Researchers from Turkey and Romania then studied the quality and outcomes of the dentures using questionnaires for the participants that involved 49 questions in total regarding the usability and efficiency of these compared to usual dentures. The dentures were created on an EnvisionTEC Perfactory 3D printer, featuring a layer thickness from 25μm to 150μm. Patients noted ‘significant improvement’ related to their oral health as the dentures provided good retention and stability.

  • 3D Printed Intra-Oral Splint Used To Relieve Jaw Pain

    3D Printed Intra Oral Splint Used To Relieve Jaw Pain

    A group of Researchers in Italy approached 3D Printing to create Intraoral Occlusal Splints, which are used by dentists to treat temporomandibular disorders as they force muscles to relax and provide relief from pain. A 44-year-old man with unknown medical cause for pain in his jaws, was selected and fit with Intraoral Occlusal Splint to stop the pain and reposition the mandible. The team scanned the teeth of the patient and saved it as .stl file, followed by using 3D ProJet MJP 3600 Dental by 3D Systems to 3D print the Intraoral Splint, with VisiJet® M3 Stoneplast acrylic resin, made for dental practices. The patient got relief of the pain within three weeks and has been advised to keep using the splint for another six months.

  • 3D Printed Models For Dental Traumatology Offer Better Training Case Scenarios

    3D Printed Models For Dental Traumatology Offer Better Training Case Scenarios

    German Researchers used SLA 3D Printer to create much realistic model for Case Scenarios based on the CBCT of the maxilla of a real patient that imitated several traumatic dental injuries, which was then used in a hands-on training course on Dental traumatology for undergraduate students in their final year in the Department of Conservative Dentistry and Periodontology in Munich, Germany. While half of the students were provided with access to dentaltraumaguide.org, the others didn’t. The students were then evaluated, where 57% reported it to be ‘very realistic’ and 43% choosing ‘rather realistic’, therefore concluding that 3D Printed Dental Models assisted students in correctly managing traumatic dental injuries.

  • IDS 2019 Sees Collaboration Between BEGO & Nexa3D To Launch Varseo XL 3D Printer For Dental Solutions

    IDS 2019 Sees Collaboration Between BEGO Nexa3D To Launch Varseo XL 3D Printer For Dental Solutions

    This year’s IDS Summit 2019 held at Cologne, Germany, saw collaboration between California’s Nexa3D, a manufacturer of 3D printers offering stereolithography (SLA) for production-grade users, and BEGO, a provider of materials for dentist’s offices. Together, they are marketing the Varseo XL, to be sold by BEGO, headquartered in Germany. The new dental 3D printer is customized with Nexa3D’s proprietary Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing (LSPc) technology, which functions via a high-speed light matrix, and will allow dental offices to print six times faster at ten times the volume, with a print area that is five times greater than any other dental 3D printer on the market. The Varseo XL will be showcased at IDS 2019 at booth M20/N29 – Hall 10.2, Koelnmesse, Fair Grounds, Cologne-Deutz until the fair closes on March 19, 2019.

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