Korean Doctors Successfully Implant 3D Printed Pelvis

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This week, Dr. Shen Tongya, professor of Neurosurgery at Yonsei University in South Korea, successfully completed a 3D printed pelvic implantation for a teenage girl suffering from one of the most common types of bone cancer. There is one 'simple' treatment for bone cancer, and that is to completely remove the tumor in and near the bones. Initially, Dr Tongya planned to work with radiation oncology and orthopedic bone specialists for the surgical procedure. However, because of the patient’s … [Read more...]

Mechanical Hand with Individual Finger Control for Amputees

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Two researchers from the University of Cape Town have developed an award-winning and affordable 3D printed mechanical hand with individual finger control. Dr. George Vicatos, the Popular Mechanics’ South African Inventor of the year worked side by side with his MSc student, Severin Tenim to design and develop a low-cost mechanical hand, which was presented and awarded at the Popular Mechanics Future Tech event in Cape Town. Dr. George Vicatos commented, “I wanted to address amputees in the … [Read more...]

Researchers Develop 3D Printed Scaffolds to Cure Type 1 Diabetes

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Researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have successfully built 3d printed scaffolds to increase the success rate of an experimental method used to help Type 1 diabetes patients. Around five percent of diabetes patients suffer from Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes which are often diagnosed in children and young adults. During a type 1 diabetes, the body is incapable of producing insulin, a hormone used to convert starches, sugar and other substances. One … [Read more...]

Surgeon Successfully Treats a Deformed Leg with 3D Printing Technology

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]