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Thanks to 3D printing understanding of the complex neural pathways of the human brain became a little bit easier. The Philadelphia-based Franklin Institute's new exhibit, Your Brain, features a striking 3D printed model of the white matter tracts of the human brain. White matter tracts are the pathways that nerve cells use to connect to each other inside the brain, and are incredibly complex. Dr. Jayatri Das, chief bioscientist at The Franklin Institute, incorporated the displays in a new expansion. The model was built from an MRI scan of a real brain and was then printed using the SLS print method from 3D Systems. It shows approximately 2000 tracts. Printing such a delicate structure proved to be quite a challenge and the project was turned down by several 3D printing bureaus before it was accepted by an outfit in Oklahoma. The model was printed in 10 separate parts and then assembled. This is truly an amazing advance in anatomic visualization. It's truly beautiful - a piece of art. For updates on news and new blog entries, follow us on Twitter at @Embodi3D. Source and images: 3D Systems
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 medical procedures in order to achieve better patient outcomes with less risks involved. Recently, the company released a training simulator called ARTHRO Mentor Hip Diagnostic to help surgeons reduce the risk when it comes to performing arthroscopy hip procedures. Moreover, they also created the Advance Knee Module that provides comprehensive training environment for doctors practicing full meniscectomy procedure. The module allows doctors to determine the level of difficulty of the procedure thus helping them develop not only the skills but also the confidence to perform live surgery. All of the technologies will be showcased in the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopeadic Surgeons held in Las Vegas Nevada from March 25 to 27, 2015. This will provide people the chance to see the innovations in orthopeadic surgery. The thing is that 3D printing technology is fast becoming a very crucial innovation with its pivotal roles in improving current medical procedures and technology. Presently, 3D printing has just become a pioneering force in improving orthopeadic procedures, many doctors are quite positive about the bright future of 3D printing’s role in the field of orthopaedics and in the field of medicine in general.
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-one 3D printer is that it comes with a large build volume thus shortening the production time of print jobs. Amazingly enough, this type of printer is quite small compared with conventional 3D printers. This particular 3D printer can print accurate models from different kinds of materials like plastic, wax and stone-like materials. The ProJet 3510 DPPro is still new in the market and it was released for the first time last February 27 of this year during the LMT LAB DAY in Chicago. 3D Systems developed this innovative 3D printer to democratize the access of the medical industry to a more affordable method of developing diagnostic tools and equipment in treating different illnesses. The ProJet 3D printer can create medical-grade products at faster time thus helping health practitioners such as dentists and doctors to provide immediate solution to their patient’s medical condition. So instead of waiting for days for the medical models, doctors need to wait only for a few hours instead. The ProJet 3D printer is considered as the most innovative 3D printer to date and many medical experts are excited to stretch the capabilities of this product.