by Patrick Mehmert, Product Manager Additive Manufacturing, Simufact Engineering GmbH
Simulation of additive manufacturing processes gets more and more powerful and widespread in industrial applications. Also for medical applications the simulation of the production before the real print offers valuable benefits. Manufacturing problems can be identified in advance and countermeasures developed before a print fails. For geometrical critical applications the distortion prediction and compensation is very helpful.
Continue reading “Simulation of Additive Manufacturing for medical applications – Current capabilities, benefits and open challenges”
VTT Finland is developing 3D technology for wound care
Cellulose nanofibrils have properties that can improve the characteristics of bio-based 3D-printing pastes. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing a 3D wound care product for monitoring wound condition in hospital care. However, the first commercial nanocellulose applications will be seen in indoor decoration elements, textiles and the production of mock-ups.
3D printing has proven to be an efficient manufacturing method for complex, customised and light structures. In addition to thermoplastics, 3D printing materials include metals, ceramics and foodstuffs. The range of biomaterials in 3D paste printing is still fairly limited, since pastes pose unique challenges: their structure must not collapse during printing and the objects manufactured must remain sufficiently strong, rigid or flexible after drying. In 3D biomaterial filaments, however, commercial products already exist. Continue reading “VTT Finland is developing 3D technology for wound care”
Some have claimed that the advance of medical (and computer) technology is progressing at a rate faster than the human mind can assimilate. 3D printing is simply two-dimensional printing built upwards. The most exciting aspect of 3D printing involves is the promise of healthcare solutions so tailored to the individual, only “personalized medicine”—dependent on individual gene sequencing—can compete. Continue reading “3D Printing as Innovation Driver for Medical Specialties”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has, for the first time, approved a drug that uses 3D printing technology, paving the way for potential customization of drugs to suit patients’ needs. Continue reading “FDA approves first drug using 3D printing technology”
Thanks to a couple particularly gifted practitioners of the “DNA origami” art form, scientists are now finding that they can fold DNA into very particular shapes by way of a 3D printing method that would help get medication to the right place without breaking down in the body. Continue reading “3D Printing Nanoscale Self-Assembling DNA Structures Could Lead to New Cures”
Prof. Dr. Mustafa Yuksel from the Marmara University Department of Thoracic Surgery uses 3D Printing for prototyping and developing medical equipment for treating chest deformities. He believes medicine can benefit from 3D Printing greatly, as it opens new possibilites. Continue reading “Pectus Excavatum – Medical Applications of 3D Printing”