Fortuitous Match: Research and Additive Manufacturing

An adolescent girl has now joined a special group of three baby boys and one baby girl who’ve received 3D-printed tracheal splints to treat a congenital breathing condition called tracheobronchomalasia (TBM).  All five continue to thrive thanks to the surgical procedures that helped their collapsed airways function normally and saved their lives. Continue reading “Fortuitous Match: Research and Additive Manufacturing”

3D Printing Models of Patients’ Organs – Novel Technology Invites New Era of Patient Care

Following a bilateral lung transplant, a patient at Cleveland Clinic’s Respiratory Institute developed an unusual bronchomalacia. He struggled with recurring pneumonia and had trouble clearing secretions.

An airway stent became necessary, but standard devices would not suffice. A stent of the proper length and diameter – designed with a tapered end, to match the patient’s anatomy – did not exist. Continue reading “3D Printing Models of Patients’ Organs – Novel Technology Invites New Era of Patient Care”

Saskatoon neurosurgeon 3D prints replica of patient’s brain

A Saskatoon neurosurgeon has managed to print a 3D replica of a patient’s brain.

Dr. Ivar Mendez, head of surgery at the University of Saskatchewan, worked with a team of engineers to produce the model. It’s an exact replica of a specific patient’s brain, and he says it will let him practice surgeries.

‘I feel that in the next 20, maybe 25 years, we will be able to print biological materials. We may be able to print organs.’ – Dr. Ivar Mendez Continue reading “Saskatoon neurosurgeon 3D prints replica of patient’s brain”

3D Medical Acquires Medical Technology Business Mach7 in a $60Mn Deal

3D Medical, an ASX-listed medical company that prints customised 3D models of patients’ bones and organs for doctors and surgeons, has acquired United States medical technology business Mach7 in a deal worth $60 million

3D Medical had previously been the exclusive Australian reseller of Mach7’s image management platform.  Continue reading “3D Medical Acquires Medical Technology Business Mach7 in a $60Mn Deal”

Low Cost 3D Printed Biomedical Prototypes, Unveiled by Italian Open BioMedical Initiative

No 3D printing innovation is more important or revolutionary than a medical one, and in that respect we are very happy to learn of some new fantastic designs by a young Italian nonprofit organization. Called Open BioMedical Initative, this group of volunteers has spent the last year or so working on and perfecting 3D printable designs for low cost medical solutions. At the Maker Faire Rome 2015, they have unveiled three of their creations: a prosthetic hand and  a low-cost bionic version, and even a 3D printed BOB incubator for newborn babies. Continue reading “Low Cost 3D Printed Biomedical Prototypes, Unveiled by Italian Open BioMedical Initiative”

Researchers Develop Innovative 3D Printing Technology that Could Revolutionize Important Biomedical Equipment

We’ve all seen pic­tures of pre­ma­ture babies in neonatal care units: tiny beings, some weighing just a bit over a pound, with plastic tubes snaking through their nose or mouth, or dis­ap­pearing into veins or other parts of the body. Those tubes, or “catheters,” are how the babies get the nec­es­sary oxygen, nutri­ents, fluid, and med­ica­tions to stay alive. In the United States alone, nearly 500,000 pre­ma­ture babies are born each year. Continue reading “Researchers Develop Innovative 3D Printing Technology that Could Revolutionize Important Biomedical Equipment”

French Hospital 3D Prints Multi-Materialized Kidney Models for Cancer Surgery

One of the most innovative ways that 3D printing technology has been used in the medical field thus far is surgery preparation, which has become much easier to plan thanks to personalized 3D models of certain inner workings of the human body. Utilizing a Stratasys Objet500 Connex3, the Department of Urology and Kidney Transplantation at the University Hospital (CHU) de Bordeaux, which is located in France, was able to print out multi-materialized and specifically colored kidney models. According to CHU, they are the first hospital in France to utilize Stratasys’ 3D printing technology to plan for intricate tumor removals within the kidney. Continue reading “French Hospital 3D Prints Multi-Materialized Kidney Models for Cancer Surgery”

3D Printing Used for Providing Tactile Sight to the Visually Impaired (Video)

Everyone feels a bit of amazement when they hold their first 3D printed object, at least I know I certainly did. But I can’t begin to imagine the excitement that Beyond Vision, a non-profit organization who provides employment opportunities for the legally blind, is now providing to their visually impaired employees by using 3D printing to allow them to see delicate objects like never before. Continue reading “3D Printing Used for Providing Tactile Sight to the Visually Impaired (Video)”

Researchers Develop Robotic Exoskeleton with Potential to Define Future of Hand Rehabilitation

Curtin University researchers have developed an innovative robotic hand exoskeleton which can be made cheaply using a 3D printer and could potentially cut down on rehabilitation visits for patients

When people injure a finger, the digit generally has to be immobilised so it can heal. Continue reading “Researchers Develop Robotic Exoskeleton with Potential to Define Future of Hand Rehabilitation”