February 2017

TINA: the new 3D printed hand of the Open BioMedical Initiative presented in Poland

2017-02-02T12:25:34+00:00 February 1st, 2017|English, OBMinitiative, OBMstory|

2017 started with great news! Last week the Open BioMedical Initiative has arrived for the first time in Poland introducing its mission to the public at the Fab Lab in Lodz. The choice of the city was not accidental: in Lodz lives and works Justyna Stasiewicz, the volunteer who recently created a completely new project [...]

December 2016

Smartphone and 3D printed parts combine to create cheap and easy live cell imaging

2016-12-27T08:43:46+00:00 December 27th, 2016|English, News|

Live cell imaging is no longer the stuff of high-end hospitals and research labs. A powerful tool for studying cells, as well as how they respond to different treatments such as drugs or toxins, live cell imaging technology can cost tens of thousands of dollars. The prohibitive price of the tech has been an obstacle [...]

November 2016

University of Rochester shows new 3D printed medical models for training even bleed

2016-11-30T09:51:23+00:00 November 30th, 2016|English, News|

Throughout the centuries, medical students (and their teachers) have had to be very creative in finding ways to train for surgeries, as well as the most elementary procedures like stitching up wounds. From using cadavers—a rather gruesome but helpful practice—to use of a variety of models with different textures, obviously the best experience is in actually [...]

New 3D scanning method allows parents to see their unborn children as 3D models in VR

2016-11-23T09:11:43+00:00 November 24th, 2016|English, News|

While 3D printed fetuses have been a popular trend amongst parents seeking to capture a physical memento of their unborn child, the medical implications of being able to visualize a fetus in 3D have not been widely discussed. Now, however, thanks to some insight from a group of experts, the benefits of 3D modeling fetuses is [...]

3D printed water pipes and medical equipment for Nepal earthquake relief effort

2016-11-16T11:03:17+00:00 November 17th, 2016|English, News|

In April 2015, Nepal was devastated by a powerful 7.8 earthquake which not only destroyed many towns, but also killed almost 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000. Since the disaster, the country has been struggling and working towards rebuilding itself with the help of charitable organizations such as Oxfam. What is notable about the organization’s participation [...]

New online service lets students create 3D printed tactile maps for visually impaired

2016-11-11T13:22:52+00:00 November 12th, 2016|English, News|

Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron, 3D printing experts and co-founders of consulting firm Nonscriptum LLC, have started a project to help teachers of visually impaired students receive 3D printed tactile maps and teaching aids from sighted students learning about 3D printing. Slowly but surely, 3D printing technology is proving itself to be a valuable asset [...]

vEyes, la non profit italiana per supportare la salute dei nostri occhi con le nuove tecnologie

2016-11-10T12:55:38+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Italian, OBMinitiative|

Tra i numerosi eventi e iniziative a cui prendiamo parte con la nostra community di volontari in tutta Italia, ci capita di incontrare costantemente altre persone e realtà impegnate ad aiutare il prossimo facendo emergere le potenzialità delle nuove tecnologie. Chi intraprende percorsi simili matura col tempo non solo una più profonda consapevolezza della tecnologia [...]

This patient defied doctors and 3D printed his own heart

2016-11-09T21:12:40+00:00 November 10th, 2016|English, News|

After being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a disorder which affects the body's connective tissues, engineer Tal Golesworthy refused to undergo invasive and risky preemptive surgery. Instead, he recruited two doctors to 3D print a replica of his heart and make a special corrective device. For over 30 years, British engineer Tal Golesworthy lived with Marfan [...]

Young girl with scoliosis recovering thanks to 3D Printed surgical guides

2016-11-08T16:12:45+00:00 November 9th, 2016|English, News|

Scoliosis is one of those conditions that can range from barely noticeable to completely debilitating. I have a very slight case myself, and it doesn’t affect me in any way that I’m aware of, but in some cases, the person suffering from the disease can be left unable to stand up straight, to walk, or [...]

FutureHear crowdfunding campaign and 3D printing could change children’s lives

2016-11-08T09:22:36+00:00 November 8th, 2016|English, News|

With crowdfunding projects popping up by the hour across sites such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, funding everything from personalised merchandise to events, it’s actually refreshing to see a project that could truly change people’s lives. The FutureHear fund on Pozible is looking to enhance the development of prosthetic (and eventually bionic) ears to help children [...]