3D Printing in Medicine

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Bioscientists Develop 3D Printed Artificial Tissues to Help Heal Bone and Cartilage Injuries

Bioscientists at Rice University and the University of Maryland are developing a method to 3D print artificial tissues to help heal bone and cartilage injuries in the elbows, ankles, and knees. 

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3D Printing Hearts of Babies with Congenital Heart Disease to Improve Care

A team of researchers at King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust developed an approach to improve the care of babies with congenital heart disease by creating a 3D model of their hearts while inside the womb.

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Italian Researchers 3D Bioprint a Human Cell-Laden Meniscus

In what is believed to be a world first, researchers from the Istituto Ortopedico in Rizzoli, Bologna, 3D bioprinted a human cell-laden collagen meniscus (aka the cartilage that cushions your thighbone and shinbone). 

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FabRx and Remedy Health Receive Innovate UK Grant to 3D Print Medicine

UK based bioprinting company Remedy Health is working with FabRx, the pharma-tech experts, to develop personalized 3D printed medicine thanks to grant funding from Innovate UK.

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Researchers 3D Bio-Print in Vitro Model to Study Cancer Drugs and Treatments

Researchers from the University of Minnesota developed a new way of studying cancer cells by using a 3D in-vitro model and built with custom 3D printing technology.

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3D Printing Nano Structures: Aether Collaborates with UCL and Loughborough University

Aether, the startup offering AI-enhanced 3D bioprinting, is developing a new approach to 3D printing nanotechnology by collaborating with University College London (UCL) and Loughborough University researchers.

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Carbon and Dentsply Sirona Collaborate on 3D-printed Denture System

Carbon, a Silicon Valley 3D printing startup, is collaborating with Dentsply Sirona, a professional dental products and technologies manufacturer, to bring a premium 3D-printed denture material system to market.

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Bulgarian Doctors Implant First 3D Printed Rib

Doctors in Bulgaria created a 3D printed rib for a patient who's own rib had to be removed due to a congenital disease. This use of additive manufacturing is a first, but not the last, for the country.

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Isolating Aggressive Breast Cancer Stem Cells with 3D Printed Scaffolds

Scientists at the University of Girona in Spain have reached an important milestone in triple-negative breast cancer research by successfully using 3D printing to isolate aggressive breast cancer stem cells. 

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3D Printing Impossible Object Optical Illusions as Small as Red Blood Cells

A Japanese mathematical scientist at Meiji University used Cytosurge's FluidFM 3D printing technology to create "Impossible Objects", which trick the mind, as small as the size of a red blood cell.

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LSU Student 3D Prints Full Size Human Phantom for Testing Radiation Therapy

A senior at Louisiana State University (LSU) studying Biological and Agricultural Engineering has used a 3D printer to aid her research by printing a life-size human body for radiation therapy. 

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3D Printed Insole Speeds Up Healing Process of Diabetic Ulcers

Purdue University researchers use 3D printing to develop a shoe insole which could speed up the healing process of diabetic ulcers and help patients avoid amputation. 

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Tonkin Liu Architects Develop Stent for Tracheal Transplant Patients

Two architects from studio Tonkin Liu have developed a 3D printed stent prototype that can adapt to a patient's throat after they've undergone tracheal transplant surgery. 

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Student 3D Bioprints Cancer Cells to Improve Treatments

A Waikato University masters student is using 3D bioprinting to grow life-size tumor cells in 3D which may help improve treatments. Eventually, it may be possible to take cells from a patient, grow a tumor and see which treatments work best on it in a laboratory.

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iFix 3D Printing BioPen Receives $1.1 Million in Funding

A BioPen which uses "ink" to treat eye wounds is closer to becoming commercially available thanks to the help of NSW (New South Wales) Medical Devices Fund awarding it $1.1 million.

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TU Wien Researchers 3D Print Artificial Placental Barrier on a Chip

Researchers from TU Wien, a university in Vienna, Austria have used a 3D printing method to create an artificial placental barrier on a chip. Its benefits include enabling researchers to learn more about how the placenta allows the exchange of substances between mother and baby.

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Kasturba Hospital’s 3D Printing Facility Gives Artificial Limbs to Children

A new 3D printing facility has been opened at the Department of Orthopaedics at Kasturba Hospital in India. Already, two children's lives have been changed as they received prosthetic limbs.

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ClearCaps Dental Alignment Expands 3D Printer Fleet with Structo Machines

ClearCaps is a clear aligner brand founded in Berlin, Germany which uses 3D printers to create its product. When founder Jesse Bartels decided to expand the company's fleet of printers, he opted for Structo’s Mask Stereolithography (MSLA)-powered 3D printers.

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Explore Your MRI Data With a Tablet, Vive Tracker, and a 3D Printed Adapter

Here’s one ingenious method of navigating MRI scanner data: With the help of 3D printing, some software, and a tablet, you can zoom through your brain.

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BioLife4D Successfully 3D Prints Human Cardiac Patch

BioLife4D, a biotech company, is working on printing a viable human heart which is suitable for transplant. But, the company claims to have reached a significant milestone and successfully 3D bioprinted a human cardiac patch. 

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