A Russian company announced a successful experiment implanting 3D-printed thyroid glands into mice, and the results will be published next week, said Dmitri Fadin, development director at 3D Printing Solutions.
“We had some difficulties during the study, but in the end the thyroid gland turned out to be functional,” Mr. Fadin told RBTH. Continue reading “Russian Scientists Successfully Implant 3D-Printed Thyroid Gland”
Nowadays, 3D technology is applied in many fields, from industrial production, through fashion, to the food industry. It is in medicine, however, that 3D technology shows its potential at its best.
At the beginning of 2014, history was made at University Medical Center (UMC) in Utrecht, Netherlands: a skull of a 22-year-old woman was completely replaced by a tailor-made 3D printed plastic skull. The patient was suffering from a condition that thickens the bone structure of the cranium, which causes an increasing pressure of the brain leading to vision loss, motor coordination impairment and, eventually, death. Continue reading “3D Technology Shows its Best Potential in Medicine”
Small caliber vascular prostheses are not clinically available because synthetic vascular prostheses lack endothelial cells which modulate platelet activation, leukocyte adhesion, thrombosis, and the regulation of vasomotor tone by the production of vasoactive substances. We developed a novel method to create scaffold-free tubular tissue from multicellular spheroids (MCS) using a “Bio-3D printer”-based system. This system enables the creation of pre-designed three-dimensional structures using a computer controlled robotics system. With this system, we created a tubular structure and studied its biological features. Continue reading “‘Bio-3D printer’- based system to create vascular prosthetics (Video)”
A Dutch company has developed a way to make customized bone implants using 3D printer technology. When a person needs a bone transplant, the most common method used today is the insertion of titanium plates or cutting bone from the patient and re-positioning it elsewhere. Continue reading “Dutch Company Develops 3D Printed Bone Implants”
Cranioplasty is the art and science of repairing defects or deformity in the skull. The reasons to perform this type of delicate surgery range from traumatic injuries to surgeries to birth defects. Continue reading “Cranioplasty Welcomes 3D Printed Molds for Reconstructive Surgery in Russia”
Researchers at the University of Sydney have begun printing templates of missing skull pieces and successfully trialling them on patients with injuries from the size of a 20 cent piece up to 40 per cent of a patient’s skull missing. Continue reading “3D printed skull implants provide potential for other body replacements say Sydney researchers”
Washington State University researchers are working to improve materials used in hip and knee replacements so that they last longer and allow patients to quickly get back on their feet after surgery. Continue reading “3D Printing Researchers Aim to Improve Hip & Knee Replacement”
Columbia University Medical Center researchers have devised a way to replace the knee’s protective lining, called the meniscus, using a personalized 3D-printed implant, or scaffold, infused with human growth factors that prompt the body to regenerate the lining on its own. Continue reading “Meniscus Regenerated with 3D-Printed Implant (VIDEO)”
Researchers have found a way to regenerate torn or damaged knee menisci using 3D printing and implanted recombinant human proteins. Continue reading “New Hope for Knees: 3D Printing and Proteins”
it is with the range of new polymers now available that offers the most exciting aspect of 3D printing technology development. We are now leaving behind the traditional ABS and PLA which we have become so used to, fond of and somewhat bored with. However, with innovative new materials this is all about to change. Continue reading “New Polymers Set to Revolutionize 3D Printed Implants”