October 2016

German students 3D print human tissue on hacked Ultimaker using new bioink

2016-10-30T12:28:14+00:00 October 31st, 2016|English, News|

Students from the Technical University of Munich have hacked an Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer and developed a special 3D printable bio-ink called “biotINK.” The students have entered their project into the iGEM challenge, an annual biology contest. 3D bioprinting is one of today’s most exciting areas of scientific research. Using special 3D printers, experts have [...]

3D printed portable smartphone laboratory by WSU researchers can detect cancer on the go

2016-10-26T16:45:25+00:00 October 27th, 2016|English, News|

To most of us, the rise of the smartphone is about convenience. Smartphones simply take all the communicative and data solutions readily available on our desktops, and put them in convenient containers that can be accessed anywhere and at any time. But in the developing world, the advent of smartphone tech is nothing short of [...]

Northwestern healing hearts with 3D printing

2016-10-24T10:25:01+00:00 October 25th, 2016|English, News|

Researchers at Northwestern University, the same institute behind this month’s 3D printed hyperelastic bones, have now managed to 3D print bio-degradable stents. The tubes that are usually used to treat narrow or weak arteries, have been fabricated out of a citrus-based polymer. As a man-made structure the stents have the potential to be loaded with [...]

Educational 3D printed heart valve surgery at Maastricht University Hospital

2016-10-23T11:30:46+00:00 October 24th, 2016|English, News|

When you think of the combination of 3D printers and hospitals, the first thing that comes to mind are 3D printed implants and even 3D printed organs, made a patient’s own stem cells. While those applications are certainly being developed, cardiovascular surgeons from the Maastricht University Hospital have just reminded the world that some existing [...]

Maastricht University and Brightlands Materials Center start the largest European bioprinting program

2016-10-22T10:04:15+00:00 October 23rd, 2016|English, News|

It looks like Maastricht University is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s key centers for medical 3D printing efforts. Just this month, they spearheaded the new €4.6 million PRosPERoS project for 3D printed joint implant development, while researchers from Maastricht’s Moroni lab pioneered 3D bioprinted scaffolds that control stem cell differentiation. And just last Thursday, Maastricht [...]

Ohio doctor has success with 3D printed ConforMIS knee Implants

2016-10-21T16:29:31+00:00 October 22nd, 2016|English, News|

An Ohio doctor is performing a progressive new knee replacement surgery that he states is quite simply, for anyone. So if the knee cartilage is wearing thin, the pain is getting harder to tolerate, and you’ve been told that surgery is in your future, perhaps investigating a 3D printed implant is in your future. With [...]

WaterScope uses 3D printed microscope to bring water testing to the developing world

2016-10-20T11:05:21+00:00 October 21st, 2016|English, News|

We here in developed countries take way too much for granted, but clean water must surely be top of the list. For the simple reality is that the billion people at the bottom of the world’s population pyramid can’t even trust the water they’re forced to drink. But a low-cost 3D printed solution is on [...]

By 2017 all Dubai hospitals will be using 3D printing for pre-surgical models

2016-10-19T10:05:20+00:00 October 20th, 2016|English, News|

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has announced that by the year 2017, all Dubai hospitals will have adopted 3D printing technologies for various applications. These include 3D printing artificial limbs, denture molds, fracture casts, and notably the 3D printing of artificial organs to be used in pre-surgical procedures and simulations. The announcement was made by [...]

11-year-old Tilly receives 3D printed prosthetic arm after losing hands to meningitis

2016-10-18T11:02:59+00:00 October 19th, 2016|English, News|

That 3D printing can save lives is hardly a secret; just look at conjoined twins Anias and Jadon McDonald, who have just been given a fighting change through 3D printing and 3D scanning platforms. But 3D printing can also help to make the lives of those people who’ve survived medical nightmares a bit more normal. [...]

Harvard scientists 3D print “living” kidney model

2016-10-19T10:05:20+00:00 October 13th, 2016|English, News|

Scientists at Harvard have used a 3D bioprinter to 3D print a tubular renal architecture that mimics human kidney function. The research advances the collective goal of 3D printing functional human organs for drug screening, disease modeling, and regenerative medicine. In recent years, a group of Harvard materials scientists has demonstrated its ability to 3D [...]