Military May Soon be Able to Copy & 3D Print Exact Replicas of Bones & Limbs For Injured Soldiers

The last news that made me pinch myself for a moment happens to be related to 3D printing, and it involves the United States Military. They are in discussions with the University of Nevada to create “virtual’ copies of their soldiers. These copies would be created via x-rays, MRIs, and ultrasounds, and encompass a soldier’s entire body in 3-dimensions. Continue reading “Military May Soon be Able to Copy & 3D Print Exact Replicas of Bones & Limbs For Injured Soldiers”

Bioprinting comes alive (but not in the way you might imagine it)

Although it has captured the public imagination, bioprinting fully functioning vascularized whole organs won’t become a reality any time soon. Nor does it need to, says Ibrahim Ozbolat, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Iowa (UI; Iowa City, IA). “That will be very challenging.” Continue reading “Bioprinting comes alive (but not in the way you might imagine it)”

3D printers help surgeons hone their skills on replica body parts

On the table sits the trachea of a 12-month-old child. The plastic model, an accurate re-creation of a windpipe and bronchial tree, was created with a 3D printer using scans from a patient at the Royal Children’s Hospital. It will be used to train paediatric surgeons in bronchoscopy, a procedure in which a tiny camera is guided through the bronchial tubes into the lungs. Continue reading “3D printers help surgeons hone their skills on replica body parts”