An increasing number of hospitals across the world started to adopt 3D printing programs, aiming to improve quality, reduce lead times and to personalize patient care.
The 3D printing market can be categorized as medical implants, surgical guides, surgical instruments, hearing aids and personalized medical products. The medical implant segment is expected to grow at the fastest rate among all applications in the coming years.
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Towards printing personalized orthopaedic implants, the Prosperos project – Presented by Dr Chris Arts, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Department Orthopaedic Surgery at the 3D Medtech Printing Conference, which takes place on Feb 01 2017 at MECC Maastricht in The Netherlands.
Prosperos (Printing Personalized Orthopedic Implants) is a research project between 12 partners led by Maastricht UMC + in the area of smart, 3-D printed implants for repair of large bone defects. The research has been focused on the development of mechanical and biologically active implants that can be adapted to the personalized needs of each individual patient. Design, geometry and mechanical behavior can all be used to influence growth and attachment of bone cells on the implant surfaces. If successful, this will result in faster implant integration, faster rehabilitation and a reduction of re-operations incidence. Continue reading “Towards printing personalized orthopaedic implants, the Prosperos project – Presented by Chris Arts, Maastricht University Medical Centre”
IDEE supports the researchers and clinicians of the MUMC+ by prototyping innovative technology. In these developments, 3D printing technology plays an increasing important role. An excellent example is the development of patient-specific implants based on a CT scan of the patient: the first 3D printed titanium skull implant was ground-breaking. Recently, a model of a patient specific mitral valve was realized out of tissue mimicking silicone by cleverly combining mold design and 3D-printing, thereby enabling a genuine pre-operative training of mitral valve repair. By establishing an easy-accessible 3D printing facility on-site, IDEE aims to pave the way for the development of novel medical applications of 3D printing. Continue reading ““Medical applications for 3D printing”, Presented by Bart Beulen, IDEE, Maastricht University Medical Centre”