March 2016

Researchers use supercomputer and 3D printing to copy whole-body blood flow

2016-10-24T00:15:04+00:00 March 31st, 2016|English, News|

Researchers from Duke University, North Carolina, have used an advanced supercomputer to create an extremely realistic simulation of blood flow within the human body. A 3D printed replica of an aorta was used to test the accuracy of the virtual model. When treating cardiovascular diseases, the use of stents and other surgical modifications can be [...]

Body Labs increases 3D body modeling power with acquisition of U.S. patents and licenses

2016-10-24T00:15:05+00:00 March 30th, 2016|English, News|

Body Labs, provider of 3D human models for clothing, technology, gaming, and other applications, has today secured the exclusive rights to two 3D scanning patents issued to Brown University, as well as licenses to new technologies from Max-Planck-Innovation GmbH. Have you ever tried on a pair of jeans, ostensibly in “your size”, but found the [...]

Crowd4Africa raising €23K to bring 3D printers and 3D printed prostheses to African hospitals

2016-10-24T00:15:07+00:00 March 29th, 2016|English, News|

Crowd4Africa, a charitable organization based in Rome, Italy, is looking to raise €22,900 ($25,800) to provide 3D printing “mini factories” for two hospitals in Africa, one in Uganda and one in Congo. The mini factories will include equipment for turning plastic waste into 3D printing filament. Renato Regianni, a student at Rome’s Massimiliano Massimo Institute, has [...]

New 3D printed hydrogel could be cancer treatment of the future

2016-10-24T00:15:09+00:00 March 28th, 2016|English, News|

Researchers at Queensland University of Technology, Australia, are developing an individualized, 3D printed cancer treatment which targets the tumor rather than the whole body. The 3D printed hydrogel could be used to create microenvironments or tumor models for testing anti-cancer drugs. Anybody who has either undergone cancer treatment themselves, witnessed a family member undergo treatment, [...]

AbilityMate is 3D printing affordable and customized assistive devices for people in need

2016-10-24T00:15:10+00:00 March 27th, 2016|English, News|

One of 3D printing’s biggest areas of success has been the manufacturing and distribution of assistive devices for disabled people. Before 3D printing and open-source digital files, making any type of prosthetic, especially a customized one, could take a long period of time and cost thousands of dollars, making the assistive devices necessary for people [...]

3D printed aortic valves could reduce complications from transcatheter aortic valve replacement

2016-10-24T00:15:12+00:00 March 26th, 2016|English, News|

Researchers from the Department of Radiology at the University of Washington, Seattle, have developed a technique for 3D printing aortic valve models which could help reduce the risk of complications from transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). For many patients suffering from aortic stenosis, TAVR represents a safe alternative to more extreme surgery. The relatively non-invasive [...]

A tu per tu con il Dott. Nicola Bizzotto, tra i pionieri della stampa 3D medicale italiana

2016-10-24T00:15:13+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Italian, OBMinitiative|

"ORIGINAL OBM ARTICLE" In Italy for years some leading researchers and professionals are leading the way to medical 3D printing and its various applications. Among them, we had the pleasure to interview Dr. Nicola Bizzotto. An article by Chiara Fassari. Uno dei settori di sperimentazione più di successo della stampa 3D è quello medicale. Numerosi [...]

Amedica develops world’s first 3D printed silicon nitride medical implants

2016-10-24T00:15:15+00:00 March 25th, 2016|English, News|

Amedica Corporation has become the first company to create medical silicon nitride ceramics using a 3D printing process called robotic deposition, or robocasting. The 3D printed products have been shown to possess similar properties to traditionally manufactured alternatives. Several medical device manufacturers are currently harnessing the power of 3D printing to produce high-quality implants for [...]

First FDA-approved, 3D printed Spritam drug for epilepsy now available

2016-10-24T00:15:16+00:00 March 24th, 2016|English, News|

Being diagnosed with epilepsy can be hard to swallow. However, thanks to a new 3D printed wonder drug, its medication need not be. Aprecia Pharmaceuticals today announced the immediate availability of SPRITAM (levetiracetam), an easily swallowable seizure treatment manufactured using 3D printing technology. In August 2015, the drug became the first 3D printed medicine to [...]

New Aether 1 3D multi-extruder bioprinter boldly announces its arrival

2016-10-24T00:15:18+00:00 March 23rd, 2016|English, News|

Whenever a new 3D printer enters the market, it’s usually surrounded by lofty claims and marketing buzzwords declaring why this 3D printer is the 3D printer that will change the industry for good. Some 3D printer models or even individual features do manage to live up to their claims, at least for a while, but [...]