3D printing is quickly reshaping the medical device landscape

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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”

Design Student Creates 3D Skin Printer Concept to Alleviate Burns & Skin Disease

Many of us completely take our skin for granted, punishing it under the glare of the sun, caking it with makeup, and subjecting it to a wide array of materials and chemicals, generally without a thought. For some though, skin disease and trauma make life itchy, embarrassing, and devastatingly painful–and they can be potentially life threatening. Continue reading “Design Student Creates 3D Skin Printer Concept to Alleviate Burns & Skin Disease”

Using Additive Manufacturing To Print Glucose Sensors To Manage Diabetes

Engineers have developed a technique similar to inkjet printing that hey used to fabricate a new glucose sensor for the management of diabetes. The researchers claim the new system is more precise and efficient, and less costly, than current manufacturing methods and could lead to an artificial pancreas with a single point of bodily entry. Continue reading “Using Additive Manufacturing To Print Glucose Sensors To Manage Diabetes”

3D Systems debuts powerful new all-in-one medical 3D printer at LMT Lab Day Chicago

3D Systems announced yesterday the immediate availability of its revolutionary, all-in-one medical 3D printer, the ProJet 3510 DPPro, which the company plans to debut at LMT Lab Day Chicago 2015. The ProJet 3510 DPPro, the latest in 3DS’ stellar MultiJet’s (MJP) line, gives medical and dental labs the power to print precision dental wax-ups, … Continue reading “3D Systems debuts powerful new all-in-one medical 3D printer at LMT Lab Day Chicago”