August 2016

Paralysed patient walks again thanks to virtual reality and brain-computer interfaces

2016-08-11T23:35:55+00:00 August 12th, 2016|English, News|

In an astonishing breakthrough, patients left paralysed by severe spinal cord injuries have recovered the ability to move their legs after training with an exoskeleton linked to their brain – with one even able to walk using two crutches. Scientists developed the Walk Again Project, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, thinking that they could enable paraplegics [...]

Japanese researchers bioprint blood vessels and other living tissues

2016-08-10T10:10:08+00:00 August 11th, 2016|English, News|

A number of Japanese research institutions have adopted 3D bioprinting techniques to produce 3D printed blood vessels and other complex tissues. Saga University has used induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to 3D print blood vessels, while Kyoto University has developed tissue for nerve regeneration. 3D bioprinting represents an important area of medical research, with scientists [...]

Customizable 3D printed pills that release desired supplements throughout the day

2016-10-19T10:05:28+00:00 August 10th, 2016|English, News|

Remember Aprecia’s Spritam? Almost exactly a year ago, it became the world’s first 3D printed drug approved by the FDA. An epilepsy drug, Spritam features a very porous 3D printed structure that immediately disintegrates when touched by liquids – perfect for efficiently delivering high doses that are easy to swallow. While that breakthrough paved the way [...]

Sonoma Orthopedics uses 3D printed bone fracture models to teach doctors new technique

2016-10-19T10:05:28+00:00 August 9th, 2016|English, News|

Using 3D printing equipment from Stratasys, Sonoma Orthopedics Products, Inc. is pioneering techniques for implementing intramedullary devices for ankle, wrist, and clavicle fracture repair. These bones had previously been considered too small for such procedures. When patients require clavicle, wrist, or ankle surgery for fractures, doctors normally turn to plate fixation, a method which involves [...]

Texas student 3D prints tactile maps of campus for the visually impaired

2016-10-19T10:05:28+00:00 August 8th, 2016|English, News|

3D printing technologies have helped to make a difference in the lives of many people across the globe, and in so many ways. Soon, thanks to the ingenuity of a freshman engineering student, the lives of the visually impaired at the Texas A&M University will also be changed for the better with the help of [...]

From India comes Bio_Nick, a 3D printed prosthetic arm launched on Indiegogo

2016-08-06T12:19:23+00:00 August 7th, 2016|English, News|

The maker community is an incredibly generous one, with thousands of makers of all ages and skill levels demonstrating, again and again, their eagerness to use their skills to help others. The example I always come back to is e-NABLE, whose community has grown to several thousand people dedicated to designing and 3D printing prosthetic [...]

Phantom models, new 3D printed solutions for medical training

2016-10-19T10:05:28+00:00 August 6th, 2016|English, News|

Medical training practices are some of the most arduous and detail oriented training practices that exist, and with good reason. If you’re undergoing surgery, would you not want the doctor operating on you to have had extensive practice and training for the procedure? Typically, surgical training is conducted on preserved cadavers, which maintain the feel, [...]

Industrial Bioengineering, il nuovo corso della Federico II di Napoli raccontato dal Prof. Paolo Netti

2016-10-19T10:05:28+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Italian, OBMinitiative|

Interview to Prof. Paolo Netti of the Italian Institute of Technology, regarding the new course of Industrial Bioengineering created at the University of Naples Federico II. A course that will offer also a close collaboration between its students and the Open BioMedical Initiative. Si chiama Industrial Bioengineering ed è il nuovo corso magistrale inaugurato a giugno [...]

American medical research center receives grant to expand its 3D Heart Library

2016-10-19T10:05:28+00:00 August 5th, 2016|English, News|

Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center, a medical research and innovation facility in Peoria, Illinois, has just announced that it has received a generous $10 million grant from its founder William Shepard which it will put towards expanding its 3D Heart Library. The large grant was gifted to the Shepard Endowment for Healthcare Engineering at [...]

Intervista al Dott. Carmelo Puglisi, cofondatore dell’Osservatorio della Buona Sanità

2016-10-19T10:05:28+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Italian, OBMinitiative|

Interview to Dott. Carmelo Puglisi, co founder of the Osservatorio della Buona Sanità, a non profit organization focused to search and find the best examples of health centers and services in Italy at the service of citizens. An article by Chiara Fassari. Tra i tanti valori che si possono attribuire alla stampa 3D c’è quello [...]