Medical Industry Strongly Embraces 3D Printing

By on December 8, 2015

3D printing has found a technological sweetspot in the medical industry. The ability to perform non-invasive tissue scans and from them produce tangible 3D models is of incredible value to medicos. 3D models can also be used to design mechanical assemblies that can then be 3D-printed for precision surgical-implantation. What was an incredibly far-fetched concept is now and every day use of technology albeit in an highly specialised field. In the main the technology in use is nothing more complex than any 3D modeling/manufacturing enthusiast might have at home. The really clever part is the adaptation and application of “regular” technologies to highly specialized purposes.

CT Imaging, 3D Printing Helped Doctors Separate Conjoined Twins In 26-Hour Surgery

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/113175/20151206/ct-imaging-3d-printing-helped-doctors-separate-conjoined-twins-in-26-hour-surgery.htmThe story of Faith and Hope Mata, identical twins who were born extremely conjoined, is truly an inspiring tale of faith and hope. Doctors at the Texas Children’s Hospital successfully separated the twins during a 26-hour surgery in February 2015, and they Read more here

 

 

3D Printers Can Now Churn Out “Living” Blood Vessels

http://gizmodo.com/3d-printers-can-now-churn-out-living-blood-vessels-1746249526In a breakthrough that could lead to printable organs and an enhanced understanding of human physiology, researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Labs have 3D-printed functional blood vessels that look and function like the real thing.Read more Read more here

 

Stratasys 3D Printing Featured at Sold-Out Surgical Planning Workshops for over 600 Physicians and Technicians at RSNA

Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, is supporting four sold-out 3D printing workshops for over 600 physicians and technicians at the 2015 Radiological Society of North America annual meeting, Nov. 29 … Read more here

 

3D Printing Medical Devices Market Worth 2.13 Billion USD by 2020

The report “3D Printing Medical Devices Market – by Component (3D Printers, 3D Bioprinters, Materials, Services & Software), Technology (EBM, LBM, Photopolymerization, 3DP, and DD), Medical Products (Surgical Guides, Equipment, Implant) – Global Forecast … Read more here

Physical Disability And Engineering Of Environments

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2015/12/06/458454543/physical-disability-and-engineering-of-environmentsSchull founded a group that uses 3D printing technology to produce affordable prostheses for children with deformities of the hand. His laudable objective is to turn serious hand disabilities into little more than a nuisance. According to Schull Read more here

 

Doctors use 3D printers to make organs and bones

Using two-dimensional CT and MRI images of patients, doctors can create life-size replicated organs using 3D printing. These replicated organs are printed using two materials on an Objet Connex 3D printer. However making these organ models can cost from ¥50,000 ($500) to ¥150,000 ($1500), and the professional 3D printers usually also cost between $250,000 to $500,000.  Read more here

 

 

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CAD user/writer since 1984. Publishing online since 1990.

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