New method for 3D printing biological samples enables faster, cheaper models for research & diagnosis

3D printing biological samples

New method for 3D printing biological samples enables faster, cheaper models for research & diagnosis

What if you could hold a physical model of your own brain in your hands, accurate down to its every unique fold? That’s just a normal part of life for Steven Keating, Ph.D., who had a baseball-sized tumor removed from his brain at age 26 while he was a graduate student in the MIT Media Lab’s Mediated Matter group. Curious to see what his brain actually looked like before the tumor was removed, and with the goal of better understanding his diagnosis and treatment options, Keating collected his medical data and began 3D printing his MRI and CT scans, but was frustrated that existing methods were prohibitively time-intensive, cumbersome, and failed to accurately reveal important features of interest. Keating reached out to some of his group’s collaborators, including members of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, who were exploring a new method for 3D printing biological samples. Continue reading “New method for 3D printing biological samples enables faster, cheaper models for research & diagnosis”

GE Healthcare opens first 3D Printing lab

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GE Healthcare opens first 3D Printing lab

GE Healthcare has opened its first 3D printing lab, called the Innovative Design and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center for Europe, in Uppsala, Sweden. The center will use technologies including 3D printing and robotics to speed up the launch of new innovative products for the healthcare industry.

The center combines advanced manufacturing technology such as metal and polymer printers and collaborative robots, or “cobots”, with traditional machining equipment. A key in realizing the advantages of 3D printing is ensuring the technology is considered at the start of the innovation process with Research and Design teams working with advanced manufacturing engineers and in collaboration with customers. The new center in Uppsala will ensure additive expertise is available from the start of product design. Teams will design, test and produce 3D-printed parts for GE Healthcare products and prepare for final transfer to manufacturing. Continue reading “GE Healthcare opens first 3D Printing lab”

VTT Finland is developing 3D technology for wound care

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VTT Finland is developing 3D technology for wound care

Cellulose nanofibrils have properties that can improve the characteristics of bio-based 3D-printing pastes. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing a 3D wound care product for monitoring wound condition in hospital care. However, the first commercial nanocellulose applications will be seen in indoor decoration elements, textiles and the production of mock-ups.

3D printing has proven to be an efficient manufacturing method for complex, customised and light structures. In addition to thermoplastics, 3D printing materials include metals, ceramics and foodstuffs. The range of biomaterials in 3D paste printing is still fairly limited, since pastes pose unique challenges: their structure must not collapse during printing and the objects manufactured must remain sufficiently strong, rigid or flexible after drying. In 3D biomaterial filaments, however, commercial products already exist. Continue reading “VTT Finland is developing 3D technology for wound care”

US researchers develop technology that can 3D print drugs on wide variety of surfaces (Video)

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US researchers develop technology that can 3D print drugs on wide variety of surfaces

A technology that can print pure, ultra-precise doses of drugs onto a wide variety of surfaces could one day enable on-site printing of custom-dosed medications at pharmacies, hospitals and other locations. Because the technique can print multiple medications into a single dose on a dissolvable strip, microneedle patch or other dosing device, it could make life easier for patients who today must take multiple medications every day. The work could also have important implications for the drug development process.

A team of University of Michigan researchers, in a study lead by materials science and engineering professor Max Shtein and U-M graduate researcher Olga Shalev, Continue reading “US researchers develop technology that can 3D print drugs on wide variety of surfaces (Video)”

The transformative power of co-creation observed through the lens of Additive Manufacturing – Presented by Kristel Van den Bergh, Materialise

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The transformative power of co-creation observed through the lens of Additive Manufacturing – Presented by Kristel Van den Bergh, Materialise, at the 3D Medtech Printing Conference, February 01, 2017, at MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Additive manufacturing presents many exciting opportunities for the Medtech and wearables space, from rapid prototyping to final certified production. However, this raises questions with regards to product development:

  • How can we make the most of 3DP opportunities to create the greatest value?
  • How to ensure companies build innovations that are relevant for its customers and welcomed by the stakeholders in the ecosystem?
  • How do these innovations transform the way professionals interact with their customers?
  • How will supply chains for digitally manufactured applications change?

Through practical case studies from the medical and wearables industries, we will demonstrate the value of open innovation thinking where meaningful applications emerge through a guided co-collaborative process. Continue reading “The transformative power of co-creation observed through the lens of Additive Manufacturing – Presented by Kristel Van den Bergh, Materialise”

Next Generation of Fully Personalised Bionics & Smart Prosthetics

Smart Prosthetics

Next Generation of Fully Personalised Bionics & Smart Prosthetics. Reconfigurable Machine for the new Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing of next generation fully personalized bionics and smart prosthetics aims to develop a new technological platform integrating cutting edge innovations in design and manufacturing in order to deliver better medtech products and services for an improved quality of life. Continue reading “Next Generation of Fully Personalised Bionics & Smart Prosthetics”

World’s first 3D printed eye prosthesis completed by Belgian ophthalmologists

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First 3D printed eye prosthesis completed by Belgian ophthalmologists. While new medical 3D printing applications seem to be developed every week, there are still so many fields in healthcare that could benefit from custom 3D printed solutions. Fortunately, Belgian specialists from the Academic Hospital of the University of Leuven have just brought 3D printing to ophthalmology as well. They have developed the world’s first 3D printed eye prosthesis, for a 68-year-old male patient. What’s more, the prosthesis only cost €1,300 (approximately $1,430) to make, and is largely covered by the patient’s insurance. Continue reading “World’s first 3D printed eye prosthesis completed by Belgian ophthalmologists”

3D printed silk ‘micro-rockets’ could deliver medicines through your body (Video)

3D printed silk ‘micro-rockets’ could deliver medicines through your body

Sheffield engineers make major breakthrough in developing silk ‘micro-rockets’ that can be used safely in biological environments.

By using an innovative 3D inkjet printing method, researchers from Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield have taken the biggest step yet in producing microscopic silk swimming devices that are biodegradable and harmless to a biological system. Continue reading “3D printed silk ‘micro-rockets’ could deliver medicines through your body (Video)”

The Hibbot: Giving Children with Cerebral Palsy the Chance to Walk (Video)

The Hibbot: Giving Children with Cerebral Palsy the Chance to Walk .Meet Yano De Laet, a young boy who suffers from Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a permanent movement disorder caused by a lesion in the developmental brain which causes muscle weakness, abnormal tone, movement disorders and balance problems. The brain damage often occurs before or during the birth of the child, and there is no cure for the condition. Yano regularly undergoes consultations at the Cerebral Palsy Reference Center at Pellenberg, UZ Leuven in Belgium, and after hearing about the Hibbot, his doctor thought he would be an ideal candidate for the project. Continue reading “The Hibbot: Giving Children with Cerebral Palsy the Chance to Walk (Video)”

Additive Orthopaedics Announces Successful Treatment of Hammertoes with 3D Printed Implants

Orthopaedics Announces Successful Treatment of Hammertoes with 3D Printed Implants.Additive Orthopaedics, LLC., an early stage orthopaedic extremity device company specializing in additively manufactured surgical solutions, announced that it has successfully treated a series of patients suffering from painful hammertoes with its innovative, recently FDA cleared, 3D printed hammertoe implant. Continue reading “Additive Orthopaedics Announces Successful Treatment of Hammertoes with 3D Printed Implants”