3D Printing in Medicine

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Unstoppable Nik!
Father 3D Prints Orthoses for his Son, Now Helps Others

When Matej Vlašič was told that his son, Nik, who is afflicted with cerebral palsy, may never sit up, he began looking for a way to give him the best life possible regardless. With a little help from 3D printing and physical therapy, Nik can now not only sit up but also walk, cycle and dance. Vlašič has now set up aNImaKe, a company to help other parents in a similar situation.

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Helping Those in Need
WASP Donates 3D Printing Laboratory for Prosthetics to Syrian University

WASP, the Italian 3D printer manufacturer, is donating and setting up a laboratory for 3D printing artificial limbs at the University of Damascus, Syria. Engineering graduate students will then print prosthetics for those in need. 

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Tumeric Combined with 3D Printed Bone Scaffolds Prompt Growth

Researchers at Washington State University find that natural cures combined with biomedical devices prompt bone health, growth. In this case, 3D printed ceramic bone scaffolds coated with curcumin, a compound of the spice turmeric.

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This Portable 3D Skin Printer Can Cover and Heal Wounds

Researchers at the University of Toronto have developed a portable 3D skin printer that can repair deep wounds in two minutes or less.

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False Promises
3D Printed Dentures Filled with Drugs to Fight Infection

Researchers at the University of Buffalo have invented 3D printed dentures which can be used to deliver drugs among those highly susceptible to infection, such as the elderly, hospitalized or disabled patients.

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The Sting
3D Printed Surgical Needle Inspired by Honey Bee Stingers

Engineers at Temple University in Philadelphia take inspiration from the insect kingdom for their 3D printed surgical needle design; the stinger of the humble honeybee.

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Band-Aid 2.0
Printable Body Tissue with Personalized Bio-Inks Boost Healing Potential

By embedding platelets into a 3D printed mixture of cells and gel, a team of researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln hope to improve the healing properties of tissue implants and skin grafts with printable body tissue.

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3D Printed Organs
Aether Launches Artificial Intelligence 3D Organ Printing Software

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This 3D Printed Wearable Can Monitor Stomach Activity

Scientists at UC San Diego create a 3D printed wearable to monitor stomach activity throughout the day, replacing the need for invasive probes.

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New Research on Benefits of 3D printing in a Trauma Hospital

A trio of surgeons at a trauma hospital in the Netherlands, the ETZ, are demonstrating how 3D printing can help improve surgical diagnosis, operation time, and overall patient care.

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Bandages that Stay on Your Joints Thanks to 3D Printing and Kirigami

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Printy and the Brain
Play Ping Pong While Wearing a 3D Printed Brain Scanner?

Researchers from the UK developed a revolutionary 3D printed brain scanner which is effective even when a patient is moving - whether the movement is as simple as nodding their head or as active as playing ping-pong.

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3D Bioprinting Models to Better Understand and Treat Neurodegenerative Diseases

Scientists from Manchester, UK are using 3D bioprinting to investigate and better understand the brain's neurovascular unit (NVU) which will hopefully lead to improved treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.

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Surgeons use 3D Printed Titanium Implant to Rebuilt Man’s Breastbone and Ribs

Surgeons in Wales used a 3D printed titanium implant to rebuild the chest of a 70-year-old man after a cancer removal operation which took three ribs and part of his breastbone. 

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Scientists in India are Growing Ears in the Lab using Cartilage and a 3D Printed Scaffold

Doctors in Chennai, India are working on 3D printing transplantable ears. They've recently been successful in growing ear cartilage in a culture flask and proving it continues to grow once implanted in rabbits.

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It will grow on you
New 4D Printing Method May Revolutionize Tissue Engineering And Drug Delivery

Engineers at Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology have developed a 4D printing method which may find application in tissue engineering and targeted drug delivery systems.

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Tiny Robot Can Penetrate Brain Tissue Via Magnetic Hammer Mechanism

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3D for medical precision
3D Systems Partners With Stryker To Launch Virtual Surgical Planning Service

The collaboration of 3D Systems and Stryker allows surgeons access to 3D printing and medical imaging technologies to help develop patient-specific procedures.

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Face Donor to Get 3D Printed Mask for Burial

New York University 3D printing specialists are to 3D print the face of a brain-dead man, before it is transplanted to a waiting recipient. It is thought the lifelike mask will bring dignity to funeral proceedings for the donor's family.

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Organovo Gets Orphan Drug Designation for 3D Printed Liver Tissue

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