Scientists 3D Print Life-Size Models of Patient’s Heads

You probably already know that 3D printing technology is being used to reconstruct faces of patients who have suffered from accidents or rare diseases. But according to a presented study at a Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting yesterday, 3D printing as well as computed tomography (CT) is also being used to create life-size models of patient's heads. Scientist print out these face models in order to guide their personnel during face transplantation surgeries. The patients … [Read more...]

Adrian Gögl Steps Into the World of 3D Printed Eyewear

3D printing has definitely entered the eyewear market; we've seen the technique hitting the spectacles market before when it was used by companies such as CAS Design and Soda Concept to create better sunglasses. The benefits of this way of producing spectacles is that it enables users to buy personalized glasses. New in the game is Adrian Gögl, a Swiss industrial designer who recently started his Oak and Dust 3D printed eyewear. He noticed some problems in the way most glasses are … [Read more...]

Israeli Company 3D Printed a Marijuana Inhaler

Earlier this year, professor Lee Cronin at Glasgow University explained what the benefits of 3D printed drugs could be, but then for a long time we didn't hear anything about the - highly interesting - field of 3D drugs. Until today. Well, although today's subject is still not technically  a 3D printed drugs topic, it is in fact an interesting development in the world where drugs and 3D printing meet. An Israeli company is using 3D printing technology to design marijuana inhalers. Their inhalers … [Read more...]

This 3D Printed Cast Uses Social Media Messages

Having to wear a cast is not the best possible scenario you could think of for your arm. Nevertheless, what 'kind of' makes this still a funny experience is casts's ability to not just be a cast, but a scrapbook as well. We mean: whenever someone needs to wear a cast, friends can write their own supportive messages on it. 3D printing has proven its ability to be a proper way to create personalized casts, but the problem with those plastic ones is that you can't write on them. Well, meet #CAST … [Read more...]

This Ring Enables Visually Impaired to Read

If you're visually impaired, then reading a text in a book full of small letters won't be easy. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (SIT) therefore decided to do something about it and came up with FingerReader. This is a 3D printed device that makes it easy for anyone to read a text. The only thing you need is your own index finger and a FingerReader device. Any user can wear the device like a ring, and it is equipped with a camera. This camera reads the words of all … [Read more...]

Scientists Can Now 3D Print Vascular Networks

3D printed jewelry, furniture or even houses: all of it amazed us massively during last months. However, the technique really becomes interesting when we're talking about printing actual organs. Will we even be able to copy hearts, or even entire people, using a 3D printer? Well, despite we really don't believe it will ever be a possibility to 3D print an entire human, recent developments do contribute to the success of so-called bioprinting. You might have heard about bioprinting … [Read more...]

Bioprinting’s Next Level: Electronic Organs

Bioprinting is that part of 3D printing where additive manufacturing is used to create new organs. This technique is still in its developing phase, and it might take quite a while until we will actually be able to 3D print a heart. However, doctor Ibrahim Ozbolat at University of Iowa already knows what the next level of bioprinting will be: creating 3D printed organs that can generate electricity themselves. In an interview with Huffington Post Live he said some interesting things about … [Read more...]

Scientists Can Now 3D Print Blood Vessels

Exciting times for Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Yesterday we told you the hospital was the place where Van Gogh got his severed ear printed, and today we can announce researchers at the Boston hospital are actually able to 3D print blood vessels. Scientists can now 3D print man-made blood vessels from scratch. The team published their findings in the journal Lab on a Chip. Scientists have been able to 3D print artificial hearts, livers and lungs, but until today it has been … [Read more...]

Van Gogh Gets a 3D Printed Living Ear

Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear back in 1888, but now in 2014 his ear is making a fantastic comeback. If that sentence doesn't make any sense to you, then we certainly can't blame you for that. So let's explain a little: Diemut Strebe, an American-based artist has been using 3D printing techniques to print Van Gogh's missing ear. And no, this is not just a plastic ear, but a real, living human ear, which can survive for many years. Amazing or frightening? Van Gogh's 3D printed … [Read more...]

UK Dental Lab Plans to 3D Print Spinal Implants

UK dental lab Attenborough Dental's spine is probably not the bassline, but a 3D printer. For over 100 years, it has been a dental laboratory and it is currently active in more than 20 countries worldwide. 3D printing techniques are becoming more and more common in the field of dental innovations and the lab therefore wants to expand its services and aims to use it in the field of orthopedics. It might sound very futuristic, but a 3D printed spinal implant could be a solution to many … [Read more...]