Creating a natural bone with 3D printing is challenging. The problem with creating bioprinted bones is that the materials needed to create them have yet to be developed. Researchers from the Southern Medical University in Guangdong China developed pure bone structures using 3D bioprinting.
Led by Professor Huang Wenhua, the researchers were able to create the bioprinted bones using bone powder and bio-glue. Unlike most bone implants that are made from titanium powder, the researchers were the
The sternum, commonly called breastbone, is a long and flat bony plate located on top of the heart and at the center of the chest. It connects the rib bones together and it functions in protecting the heart, lungs and blood vessels from physical trauma. However, certain conditions can lead to the disintegration of the sternum which include chest injuries and growth of tumor.
Researchers from the TangDu Hospital of the Fourth Military Medical University made the first 3D printed titanium sternum
A full skull reconstruction surgery is very difficult to achieve using conventional surgical procedures. However researchers from the Second People’s Hospital of Hunan Province in China performed the first ever full skull reconstruction surgery using 3D printing technology.
The patient was a 3 year old girl suffering from a rare condition called congenital hydrocephalus which caused her head to grow four times its normal size. This condition can also cause problems with brain development.
The human brain is the most complex thing in the human body. Because it is the most important part of the body, it is protected by a thin layer called dura mater. The dura mater is divided into two complex layers. When surgeons need to conduct brain surgery, they need to cut through the protective layers as well as replace them after surgery; otherwise it will put the health of the patient at risk.
The problem is that the dura mater is very difficult to replace. However, researchers from the
3D printing is widely used in the medical industry to create a wide array of innovations to help different patients suffering from various maladies. Currently, all eyes are at Croatia as researchers were able to perform a successful operation on a patient suffering from spinal tumor. It is not common to hear innovations on treating spinal maladies using 3D printing, but what makes this particular operation innovative was that it is the first one to use all 3D-printed acrylic vertebra–the first o
The medical application of 3D printing has been profound over the years. One of the breakthroughs involving this technology was the successful skull transplantation conducted by doctors from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil.
The first ever surgical procedure involving 3D printing technology, doctors transplanted a 3D printed titanium skull on a 23-year old patient suffering from a horrible head fracture that left a 12 cm hole across her skull. Without this medical intervention, t
In the future, some scientists believe that technologies like 3D bioprinting can help create organs with superhuman abilities. One of the people who speculate this kind of future of bioprinting is Agatha Haines.
Today, there are many research facilities and companies all over the world who are working on ways to print organs and design organs to function more efficiently. Currently, the company Organovo was successful in developing 3D printed livers for implants.
With this, Haines focused he
Synthetic eyeballs are possible in the near future thanks to 3D printing. While 3D bioprinting was already able to produce tissues for kidneys, nose, skin and bones, researchers find developing the technology to make 3D printed eyes elusive.
However, a company from Italy called MHOX has proposed an idea for synthetic eyeballs that can be produced by using 3D printer. To make this synthetic eyeball more interesting, it comes with a wide variety of functions thus making this innovation close to w
3D bioprinting has changed the field of medicine. Recently, 3D printing companies are successful in printing living human tissues; but one company that stands out, is using 3D printed algae to sustain bioprinted human cells.
Researchers from the Technische Universitat Dresden in Germany together with the Center for Translational Bone, Joint and Soft Tissue Research were able to create 3D printed algae to sustain their bioprinted human cells. The 3D printed algae are filled with hydrogel scaffo
The BioBot 3D Printer is a low cost 3D printer that’s capable of bioprinting non-living scaffolds or living cell tissues for only US$ 5,000. This has opened a lot of research avenues to researchers with limited budget for their studies.
The BioBot 3D Bioprinter is launched by the BioBots Company. Behind the BioBots startup is a University of Pennsylvania Engineering School graduate, Daniel Cabrera. Daniel Cabrera is the genius behind this startup company. For his work on automating genetic engi
Garrett Peterson is an 18-month old baby who has never been to his home because of a medical condition known as Tetralogy of Fallot with a missing pulmonary valve. This condition places a great deal of pressure on the baby’s airways. And worse is, the condition led to the development of tracheobronchomalacia which is the softening of the bronchi and trachea thereby causing his airways to become tiny slits. With this condition, baby Garrett has lived all his life attached to a ventilator in a hos
A two week old baby, with a complicated heart problem that required an equally complicated surgery, in a New York hospital has been saved with the help of a 3D printed heart.
At the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York City, the baby’s heart was 3D printed with the help of an MRI scan data. The baby was suffering from coronary heart disease (CHD). Commonly with CHD, the heart is riddled with holes—this is likewise true of the baby’s heart but what made the condition worse was that the
3D Systems, a company involved in producing innovative medical technologies has developed an all-in-one 3D printer. The new 3D printer is called ProJet 3510 DPPro. This printer is designed for both medical and dental lab applications thus it can be used to create medical and dental models.
The best thing about this 3D printer is that it comes with customization qualities that allow users speedy production of models and guides for biocompatible plastic materials. Another feature of this all-in-o
One of the biggest obstacles that the medical world confronts when it comes to 3D Bio-printing is the cost of the printers which can go for US$300,000 or more. But a recent development by the Louisiana Tech University researchers showed that it was possible to create drug emitting implants with a MakerBot Replicator which is an affordable desktop 3D printer. This has opened a lot of avenues for the medical world to create innovative ways of prototyping possibilities to treat diseases and patient
Organovo Holdings, Inc. is a manufacturer and creator of functional 3-Dimensional human tissues that are applied in therapeutic applications and medical research. Organovo collaborates with academic and pharmaceutical partners in order to come up with 3D human biological disease models.
With the current innovation of the 3D bioprinted liver tissue, it opens a lot of possibilities and new hopes when it comes to drug discovery. Discovering drugs is an easy process but testing the drugs for safety
Blessing Makwera is the Zimbabwean man who was the recipient of Operation Hope, a California organization that offers surgical care and procedures to individuals in developing nations. Makwera was only 15 years old when he figured in a tragic accident that left his upper and lower jaws severely disfigured due to an exploding land mine. Although he survived the accident, he had to live with his misshapen face for eight years before becoming the happy recipient of the Operation Hope.
3D Systems, A company that specializes in 3D printing, announced new training modules to help doctors and medical students treat different maladies. The company is expanding the digital surgical tools to include accurate 3D anatomical models of different organs of the body, virtual reality simulators, 3D printed surgical guides and direct metal printing for orthopedic surgery.
The company develops different groundbreaking 3D printed technology to help doctors train as well as plan complex med
3D printing has tremendous benefits in society. Recently, doctors from Brazil used 3D printing to treat patients suffering from disorders that are thought to be inoperable. One of the disorders that are inoperable is the Kleeblattschadel syndrome which is also called the Cloverleaf skull syndrome. It is a neuro-craniofacial disorder characterized by the abnormal soldering of the skull bones. As a consequence, patients suffering from this condition have extremely poor physical and mental health.
3D printing, which is synonymous with additive manufacturing in the industrial sector, is now quite popularly used as part of the mainstream treatment in surgery. In fact 3D printing is now seen as a potentially crucial procedure to surgically treat unborn babies with abnormalities.
Researchers from the Colorado Fetal Care Center has been studying on how to use 3D printing to perform surgery to correct fetal defects. Traditionally, surgical procedures involving unborn babies present not only r
The 3D printing technology has helped many patients all over the world. With this, the United States Military is looking into 3D printing technology to replace bones and limbs of injured soldiers using a 3D printed replica.
A team of experts from the University of Nevada created “virtual copies” of soldiers through the images generated from MRI, ultrasound and X-Ray. Although it may sound queer, Dr. James Mah a clinical professor from the University of Nevada noted that the virtual copies of th
Type 1 diabetes is a condition wherein the pancreas does not produce insulin necessary for delivering sugar to the cells to be converted into energy. Most patients with Type 1 diabetes usually show signs of the disease when they are still in their youth.
To date, Type 1 diabetes patients use insulin therapy together with other treatments to manage their condition and live healthy and long lives. However, scientists may have the solution for Type 1 diabetes through 3D bioprinting.
Taiwanese surgeons have been using the 3D printing technology to perform complex surgical procedures in order to reduce the surgery time as well as its risks. One of the complex surgical procedures that 3D printing technology was used on is the complex orthognathic procedure which is a corrective jaw or cheek reduction surgery.
Conventional surgery is an arduous task not only for the surgeons but also to the patients. In this case, patients who undergo facial skeletal surgery may develop
3D printers are not only helpful in fixing anything broken in human patients but also on pets. Leading 3D printing company 3D Systems have developed a technology that can help disabled dogs get back on their feet.
The technology, dubbed as 3D printed metal orthopedic knee implants, is able to fabricate titanium implants for dogs to help veterinarians treat canine patients suffering from disability. With this technology, disabled dogs are able to walk and run freely again within as little as six
There are many innovations in 3D printing technology in the medical world. Aside from being used in creating casts for orthopedic patients, it is also being used by pediatric neurosurgeons to create model body parts of their patients.
Surgeons from the Boston Children’s Hospital are now using 3D printing to create 3D models of anatomies of pediatric patients suffering from cerebrovascular malformations which is characterized by having abnormalities in the blood vessels found in the brain.
A lot of people have heart problems and there is a long list of those seeking transplant because unlike other parts of the body, tissues of the heart do not repair or regenerate on its own. Fixing heart ailments often requires surgical procedures and these surgeries are often difficult and risky.
There may be an answer to these challenges thru a process known as 3D bioprinting. This method has been advocated to remedy the need for transplanting of tissues and organs. The process on 3D biopri