To improve 3D printing, simply add gel. A fresh technique uses one to support complex shapes that would fall apart under their own weight in normal 3D printing.
This new-found combination of strength and delicacy will be crucial if we’re ever to print the biological structures that make up organs, blood vessels and other tissue.
The gel, which has the consistency of hand sanitiser, is made of an acrylic acid polymer. It works like a scaffold, allowing the printing of intricate patterns that would collapse without its support – such as nested Russian-doll-like structures and thin, complex branching networks. Continue reading “Researchers Develop 3D Printing in Gel Technique that Can Be Used in Tissue Engineering (Video)”
In 2012, a team of researchers from the University of Michigan implanted splints 3D-printed out of a special biomaterial in the airways of three children with tracheobronchomalacia, a condition that may cause their airways to spontaneously collapse. Continue reading “3D-Printed Biomaterial Restores Babies’ Breathing (VIDEO)”
This Instructable by Tyson James demonstrates how users can take MRI data and 3D print it. Continue reading “3D Print your MRI data in 5 steps”
Losing a limb is tragic and traumatic, but a bevy of companies are using the power of 3-D printers to bring high design to a backwater of medical devices. Bespoke Innovation treats artificial limbs like works of art and the e-Nable project uses low-cost 3D printers to create high-power hands. Continue reading “3-D Printed Prosthetics That Look Fit For A Sci-Fi Warrior”
An incision from the surgeon’s scalpel sends liquid oozing over the surface of a the lung, but on this occasion it doesn’t matter if something goes wrong — the doctor can simply create another model with a 3D printer. Continue reading “3D Printed Organs Offer Ultra-Realistic Practice Models”
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”
Few scientific 3D-printable models are available online, and the expertise required to generate and validate such models remains a barrier. The NIH 3D Print Exchange eliminates this gap with an open, comprehensive, and interactive website… Continue reading “Share biomedical 3D print files via the NIH 3D Print Exchange (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”
Did you ever see Face/Off? This is like that, but actually really good and all of the actors in it are quite talented. Doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston are 3D printing life-size models of patients’ skulls in order to prep for face transplant surgery. Continue reading “3D Printing Aids in 5 Facial Transplant Surgeries”
Joint and spine surgical product manufacturer Medacta USA announced the successful completion of the first two spinal surgeries in the United States using its MySpine Patient-Matched Technology. MySpine uses 3D reconstruction and rapid 3D printing technology to create patient-specific guides used in extremely complicated spinal deformation reparative surgeries. Continue reading “Doctors Successfully Complete First Procedures with MySpine 3D Printed Surgical Guides”