3D Printers Can Produce Models of Teeth with Impeccable Accuracy

The role of 3-D printing is growing in dentistry as it creates custom tools, implants, and even teeth. Some manufacturers now produce 3-D printers designed specifically for dental applications. But consumer models are available at electronics stores, too. Scientists at the OMFS-IMPATH Research Group with the University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium set out to compare their accuracy.

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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”

Health By (3DP) Design: Worrell Helps Span The Gap Between Patient-Generic & Patient-Specific

Worrell Design Inc. is rolling out new means to reduce those “liabilities” and extend those “licenses” — patient by patient. Worrell is a family-owned and operated business and has established itself as perhaps the most prominent industrial design firm working in the healthcare sector. Continue reading “Health By (3DP) Design: Worrell Helps Span The Gap Between Patient-Generic & Patient-Specific”

3D Printing Permits Medical Students to Cut Costs and See Less Exposure to X-Rays

In high school, the Anatomy class took a field trip to the USC Kinesiology Lab to see the real human body. For some it was a harrowing experience, and not just because of the exposed organs. They learned that medical students often practice surgical procedures on cadavers. This is a good thing. Residents and doctors operating on vulnerable and ailing people ought to be honed and ready for the job. Medical students also must learn to operate heavy machinery with exposure to radiation with such devices as the C-arm. The name matches the machine which can inspect vital organs like the kidney. However, researchers at the University of Minnesota have found a safer and more cost-effective method for training by utilizing 3D printers and materials from Stratasys. Continue reading “3D Printing Permits Medical Students to Cut Costs and See Less Exposure to X-Rays”