3D printing is quickly reshaping the medical device landscape
As news of the latest advancement in experimental 3D printing of tissue and organ regeneration gains attention, it would be easy to believe that 3D printing in the medical field only happens in the lab. However, new equipment and devices are being 3D printed now and in real world settings.
After years of feasibility studies, 3D printing for medical equipment and prostheses is becoming reality.
Reports have continually shown that 3D printed devices are both practical and less expensive than traditional options. For example, a University of South Florida study related to prosthesis molds found that “Owing to the similarity of the 3D printed materials and the traditional materials, the 3D printed molds are easily integrated into current processing procedures.” And a UK study observed that 3D printed sensors added onto a prosthesis could help medical professionals increase comfort levels for the prosthesis wearer. In addition to better comfort, these sensors improved overall patient care. Continue reading “3D printing is quickly reshaping the medical device landscape”
New method to 3D Print laboratory-grown cells to form living structures, developed by Oxford researchers
The approach could revolutionise regenerative medicine, enabling the production of complex tissues and cartilage that would potentially support, repair or augment diseased and damaged areas of the body.
Printing high-resolution living tissues is hard to do, as the cells often move within printed structures and can collapse on themselves. But, led by Professor Hagan Bayley, Professor of Chemical Biology in Oxford’s Department of Chemistry, the team devised a way to produce tissues in self-contained cells that support the structures to keep their shape.
The cells were contained within protective nanolitre droplets wrapped in a lipid coating that could be assembled, layer-by-layer, into living structures. Producing printed tissues in this way improves the survival rate of the individual cells, and allowed the team to improve on current techniques by building each tissue one drop at a time to a more favourable resolution. Continue reading “New method to 3D Print laboratory-grown cells to form living structures, developed by Oxford researchers”
Brasil researchers to test 3D bioprinting in agriculture
Imitating nature in laboratories and manufacturing leaves, seeds, and even more complex structures of plants, animals or microorganisms could soon become a reality at Embrapa Genetic Resources and Biotechnology’s Laboratory of Nanobiotechnology (LNANO), in Brasília, DF, Brazil. The recent approval of a project, as well as other related activities, will enable researchers to test biological activities in three-dimensional environments, that is, closer to reality.
The project leader, the Embrapa researcher Luciano Paolino da Silva explains that the technique used is called 3D bioprinting, a variant of 3D printing, a method to manufacture solid objects from a digital file containing spatial information and dimensional coordinates. The team intends to use the 3D bioprinting technology to create valid models and to test nanomaterials produced from biomolecules obtained from agricultural and forestry industry waste. Continue reading “Brasil researchers to test 3D bioprinting in agriculture”
The brave new world of 3D printed organs now includes implanted ovary structures that, true to their design, actually ovulate, according to a study by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and McCormick School of Engineering.
By removing a female mouse’s ovary and replacing it with a bioprosthetic ovary, the mouse was able to not only ovulate but also give birth to healthy pups. The moms were even able to nurse their young.
The bioprosthetic ovaries are constructed of 3-D printed scaffolds that house immature eggs, and have been successful in boosting hormone production and restoring fertility in mice, which was the ultimate goal of the research. Continue reading “Brave new world of 3D printed organs now includes implanted ovary structures (Video)”
German students hack Ultimaker 2+3D Printer and develop special 3D printable bio-ink.Students from the Technical University of Munich have hacked an Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer and developed a special 3D printable bio-ink called “biotINK.” The students have entered their project into the iGEM challenge, an annual biology contest. Continue reading “German students hack Ultimaker 2+3D Printer and develop special 3D printable bio-ink”
Moroni Lab – Largest European 3D bioprinting program launched by Maastricht University, Brightlands Materials Center. It looks like Maastricht University is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s key centers for medical 3D printing efforts. Just this month, they spearheaded the new €4.6 million PRosPERoS project for 3D printed joint implant development, while researchers from Maastricht’s Moroni lab pioneered 3D bioprinted scaffolds that control stem cell differentiation. Continue reading “Moroni Lab – Largest European 3D bioprinting program launched by Maastricht University, Brightlands Materials Center”
New bioprinting technology to be developed by UMC Utrecht, regenHU. Partnering experts in 3D bioprinting with experts in biomanufacturing has resulted in the first melt electrospinning device that incorporates the use of bio-inks. Housed at the Utrecht Biofabrication Facility, this combination of techniques may lead to improved and more accurate 3D bioprinting for therapeutic use. The Utrecht Biofabrication Facility was established with support of Utrecht University and the UMC Utrecht in 2013. Continue reading “New bioprinting technology to be developed by UMC Utrecht, regenHU (VIDEO)”
Tikcit is registration platform partner of 3D Medicine Printing Conference, which will take place on Feb 01, 2017 at MECC Maastricht in The Netherlands
Organising an event implies many issues, from ticketing to e-payments, from statistics to ordering supplies, from surveys to social media and many many more. Tikcit is the platform to support you. Continue reading “Tikcit is registration platform partner of 3D Medicine Printing Conference”
Partnership for bio-printing of hair, signed by Poietis and L’Oreal. L’Oreal has been committed to tissue engineering for almost 30 years and holds unique knowledge and expertise in the field of bio-printing of hair. With this exclusive research partnership, L’Oreal and Poietis are giving themselves the means to pursue a new scientific challenge: bio-printing a hair follicle, the small organ that produces hair, using a bio-printer. Continue reading “Partnership for bio-printing of hair, signed by Poietis and L’Oreal”
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)”