Surgeon Successfully Treats a Deformed Leg with 3D Printing Technology

leg3

Dr. Tang Juyu from Xiangya Hospital has employed 3D scanning and printing methods to create a full replica of a young woman named Xiaoqian’s right tibia (the larger and stronger of the two bones in the leg below the knee in vertebrates), which was damaged in a serious car accident when she was 7 years old. The accident caused Xiaoqian’s right tibia to grow with a noticeable unnatural bend, resulting her right leg to be significantly small than the left. The unnatural bending of her right … [Read more...]

A 74 year Old Man Receives a 3D Printed Silicone Mask to Recover His Face

t11

Since 1990, Keith Londsdale, a 74 year old man had received over 45 different surgical procedures to survive through basal cell carcinoma, one of the most common skin cancer in the United States. The man did manage to fight through the devastating medical condition but was left with an incurable scar. Due to the continuous surgical procedures, the man’s face was left without a nose, an upper jaw bone and cheekbones. Instead, a huge hole covered a substantially big section of his … [Read more...]

The World’s First 3D Printed Beating Artificial Heart Cells

cardiac-organoid-2

Researchers at the Wake Forest School of Medicine have created 3D Printed beating artificial heart cells called Organoids. The heart cells are created by first genetically modifying adult human skin cells into induced pluripotent stem cells. Then, the induced stem cells are redesigned to create the Organoids. After the Organoids are formed, the spheroids of the Organoids are 3D Printed with a specialized 3D Printer at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Institute for Regenerative … [Read more...]

Fast Bioprinting of Human Cartilage Implants

Nose cartilage implant 3d printed on a bioprinter tray from human cells and hydrogel (Picture credits: Cartilage Engineering and Regeneration Group)

At ETH Zürich's Cartilage Engineering and Regeneration laboratory they have made some notable speed advancements in 3D printing of human cartilage which should lead to implantable replacements for trauma victims. Team of researchers led by Professor Marcy Zenobi-Wong's and Matti Kesti developed a process that would enable hospitals to make a full size nose implant under 20 minutes. Any cartilage implant could be produced with nose, ear and knee implants being the ones most used in surgeries … [Read more...]

Italian Researchers Develop a Technology to 3D Print Eyeballs by 2027

one29

An Italian research studio MHOX recently published a study which suggests that the human eyes could be replaced with 3d printed artificial eyeballs by 2027. According to their team of researchers, the artificial eyeballs could surpass the potential of the organs of sight, surpassing the human needs. The “technology” proposed by the research studio is expected to enhance, heal and correct the vision of those in need, and 3d print fully personalized eyeballs to process and record real time … [Read more...]

3D Printer That Could Print Billions of Organic Compounds

b33

Martin D Burke and his team from the University of Illinois have studied and synthesized small molecules with protein-like structures for quite some time. These molecules are in fact the basis of the human body’s regulation of biological processes and even make up for the majority of drugs taken by us. This week, Sciencemag.org reported that Dr Burke and his team developed a 3d printer for chemicals which could simplify the very complex process of chemical synthesis and the creation … [Read more...]

Iron Man Delivers a Real Bionic Arm to 7-Year-Old

Robert Downey Bionic arm

This is a project that deserves all the attention it can get. Limbitless Solutions, founded by Albert Manero is a growing engineering community devoted to changing lives through the innovation of new bionic arm designs and development of a worldwide network of makers and thinkers. They allow free access to their designs. One of their latest projects is about the seven year old Alex Pring, born in Groveland, Florida without most of his right arm. With support of the Collective Project, Albert … [Read more...]

High-tech commercial scale 3d printing factory line by Dutch TNO

tno fast 3d printing production line 1

Production lines based on 3d printing are a technological dream, just imagine the possibilities of having complex products being made on a line that is fast and infinitely reconfigurable. The line would combine economics of scale seen on standard manufacturing line with 3d printing features. In theory you could have thousands of highly complex products, each customized in some way but in the price range of mass produced items. The last major attempt in this field was 3D Systems partnership … [Read more...]

US Military Wants to Scan Soldiers Before They Go to War

Being a soldier is full of risks. In a fight, one unfortunate move could lead to serious injury. The US military knows all about it, and is searching for ways to make current technology help to improve their health care. 3D printing might be used here, as the US military is currently talking with military doctors and surgeons from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas about it. The idea? To use CT scans to get a so-called 'virtual twin' of a soldier before he or she goes to war. The … [Read more...]

Thanks to 3D Printing This Woman Can Still See

Despite it is not a mainstream technique yet, 3D printing has already saved tons of lives. A great story came in today: psychotherapist Pamela Shavaun Scott can still see thanks to 3D printing. The woman was suffering from a benign meningioma behind her eye, but the doctors weren't too concerned when they found out. She was told to go on with her life and have a follow up MRI scan after a year. Scott and her husband weren't pleased about it, also because she was suffering from headaches and she … [Read more...]