3D printing provides a variety of applications for the field of medicine including cosmetic surgery. Currently, leading 3D printing technology 3D Systems partnered with a New York-based company to make cosmetic surgery experience more efficient for both client and surgeons.
Dr. Carrie Stern from the New York-based company MirrorMe3D noted that the use of 3D printing technology can help patients by creating before and after colored models of the parts that the patients need work on; for pat
Biomedical 3D printing is used immensely in medical science. Recently, a team of cancer researchers from the Institute of Cancer Research in London were able to use 3D printing to create customized models of cancer cells of the human body. Led by Dr. Glenn Flux, they were able to create 3D printed models to help doctors fine-tune their dosing.
Also called “phantoms”, the 3D printed replicas of organ and tumors are made by first creating a CT scan of the target organs of patients who will underg
The 3D printing technology has proven itself a very useful innovation in the field of medical technology. In fact, this technology is no longer restricted to making medical models to help surgeons plan their operation but progress has been made such that construction of delicate tissues is now possible.
One of the most intriguing things that can be created with 3D printers is the knee cartilage. Scientists from the Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University were able to develop a wa
Human engineering may no longer be a topic mostly discussed in science fiction books and movies. With the availability of 3D printer, this may well happen sooner than you may think. Recently, a Japanese firm, Cyfuse Biomedical, developed a way to produce human tissues and combine it with robotic technology.
The company developed a robot-controlled 3D printer dubbed as Regenova which has the ability to make living cells aggregate to form artificial human tissues. The company is very excited to
3D printing is becoming an important feature in the field of medical science and its wide recognition in improving medical technology made it possible for many doctors all over the world to come up with innovations in treating their patients. Speaking of innovation, the Collegiate Inventors Competition encourages students to use 3D printing in redefining the way scientists use this technology.
The recent competition was attended by 14 finalist teams from all over the United States. One of th
The future of regenerative medicine lies on the advancements of technologies such as 3D printing. Recently, 3D medical printing has led to the reproduction of cartilages, bones as well as other soft tissues. One of the leading countries when it comes to 3D medical printing is China. Scientists from the Xi’an Particle Cloud Advanced Materials Technology Co., Ltd. have successfully developed patented 3D printing process to create the biodegradable artificial bone structures. To create the bone s
As a first time parent—or in fact for a lot of moms, the waiting time for seeing your baby or holding your baby for the first time is an unbearable agony. Would-be parents just can’t wait to hold their wonderful babies in their arms. In fact, they have a hard time reining in their excitement on whose parental looks the baby is more like. That’s why ultrasounds are used by many parents to find out their baby’s gender; soon they were able to see their baby’s face more clearly through 3D ultrasoun
Researchers from Russian laboratory called 3D Bioprinting Solutions announced that the first successful product of 3D bioprinting will be transplanted and results will be published on May 2015. The first 3D bioprinted organ will be the thyroid gland. The head of the research laboratory, Vladimir Mironov, noted that the thyroid gland was chosen as the first product in 3D medical printing because of the simplicity of the organ. The bioprinted thyroid was created by a 3D printer that shoots off ste
3D medical printing has been used to revolutionize medicine. While it allows doctors to create models of organs as well as create artificial implants, some researchers are studying 3D printing and how it can be used to treat dreaded diseases like cancer.
A group of British researchers from the Institute of Cancer Research in London aims to use 3D bioprinting to treat cancer in a smart way. The head radioisotope physicist from the institute noted that 3D medical printing can be used to treat can
3D medical printing is not only used to create medical innovations that are externally applied. Professors from the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH Zurich have been working on creating microscopic robots that can swim in the bloodstream of patients and work as cargo transporters.
Led by Professor Bradley Nelson, a specialist in robotics and intelligent systems, the researchers created robots that can very well lead to many medical innovations such as targeted drug delive
Researchers from the Bringham and Women’s Hospital in Boston performed the first ever transplantation using 3D printing. The study was led by Dr. Frank J. Rybicki, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac and Dr. Amir Imanzadeh and they used 3D printed models of the recipient’s head to guide the planning of the transplantation surgery.
Face transplantation is a complex surgical procedure and the success largely depends on surgical planning. Using models produced by 3D medical printers allows surgeons to hold the mo
Cerebral aneurysms affect one in every 50 individual in a population. It is also responsible for the 20,000 deaths in the United States. The Arizona State University (ASU) pioneered a program regarding cerebral aneurysm research. The research findings are applied at hospital partners by designing improved endovascular medical devices used to treat cerebral aneurysms.
The highlight of the research is the use of 3D medical printing wherein they used a device called Solidscape which is a BenchMark
3D medical printing is widely used in the medical industry. One of the revolutionary ways of using this technology is knee joint surgery. Doctors from the Columbia University’ Medical Center is currently working on a 3D printed knee joint or the meniscus using protein growth system and degradable plastic scaffold. The meniscus acts as protective lining that surrounds the knee that is highly at risk to wear and tear which leads to complications like arthritis.
Patients who suffer from a torn men
3D bioprinting holds the key to the future organ replacement. One of the recent developments involving this technology is the restoration of joint cartilage. Researchers from the Technische Universitat Munchen are currently investigating a novel 3D printing method that uses a combination of hydrogels and microfiber scaffolding. The result is a structured product that closely resembles a natural joint cartilage.
To create the structure, the researchers used a new additive manufacturing technique
3D bioprinting is now becoming a popular medical technology that doctors use in order to study medical models that can lead to breakthroughs in treating diseases and injuries. For instance, a 3D bio printed model of tumors can help surgeons remove cancer accurately without risking any damage to the surrounding healthy cells and tissues.
While 3D medical printing is a technology that is available only among doctors, creating 3D bio printed models is now possible. And this means that 3D bioprinti
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created an innovative robot which has a more dramatic range of motion and a more accurate control of its movements. Researchers hope that this "bio-bot" can enhance future designs of robots for research, construction, exploration, and even disaster relief operations.
This bio bot is powered by a skeletal muscle tissue from a mouse. It is skeletal tissues that drive human movement – from a little twitch of the finger to the whole
3D bioprinting is an important technology used in the medical industry. One of its most recent applications is the creation of synthetic vascular grafts that can be used to replace unhealthy blood vessels of patients who underwent coronary or bypass surgery.
Traditional vascular grafts work by repurposing the existing blood vessels from a donor or from the patient’s body. The problem, however, is that sources of good and healthy blood vessels are often very difficult to come by. This is the rea
The trachea is one of the most understated parts of the respiratory system. Also called the windpipe, it is a tube that connects the larynx and pharynx to the lungs. The trachea is a rigid tube that is made up of several cartilage rings called the cricoid cartilage. The cartilage is a necessary support system that allows the trachea to remain open. It also prevents the collapse of the trachea with the sudden movements made on the neck.
While trachea seems to be a very sturdy organ, there are ti
3D bioprinting is an emerging technology in the field of medical science. Aside from creating 3D replica of the organs of the body, 3D printing can also be used to help end donor organ shortage. Researchers are now working on using 3D printing to fabricate different organs like the heart, kidneys and other important human organs.
Researchers from the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine led by Dr. Anthony Atala are now working on 3D bioprinting to end donor organ shortage. The goal
3D bioprinting proves to be an indispensable technology in the field of medical research. Aside from creating precise medical models and prosthetics, it is now used to help improve the lives of patients suffering from different conditions.
Researchers from Michigan Technological University see the potential of using 3D bioprinters in synthesizing nerve tissues. Researchers are investigating the appropriate “bioink” to create printable tissues including nerve cells. The bioink is a nanotechnolog
Cells grown under laboratory conditions has been an achievable technology developed a few decades ago. However, researchers are now looking at innovative ways to improve the process of growing new cells that can speed up the process of drug testing.
Researchers, from the Heriot-Watt University, have developed a new valve-based technique that can print embryonic cell cultures using 3D bioprinters. Led by Dr. Will Shu, he and his colleagues from the Biomedical Microengineering group pioneered 3D
Biofabrication – the combination of mechatronics and biology – is no longer featured in science fiction movies. Currently, the clinical landscape is now using biofabrication through 3D bioprinting to treat different medical conditions that are difficult to medicate using conventional medical procedures.
So what does biofabrication do? If you are sick and in need of a new body part, biofabrication can build it for you. A good example of the application of biofabrication is the cochlear implan