March 2017

Ohio boy with heart in wrong place breathes freely for first time after 3D printing-assisted surgery

2017-02-26T20:07:36+00:00 March 1st, 2017|News|

Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio have used 3D printing to operate on boy with Heterotaxy syndrome, a rare birth defect. Doctors said the boy’s heart seemed to have "two right sides" and no left, giving him serious breathing difficulties. Every day seems to bring another medical 3D printing success story, with surgeons now perfecting [...]

September 2016

This 3D printed smart wristband turns hand prosthetics into easy-to-use digital mice for amputees

2016-09-25T18:52:17+00:00 September 26th, 2016|English, News|

While most people don’t think twice about clicking a mouse or moving a cursor around using a trackpad, the tasks that we take for granted can actually be very difficult for those with either limited hand mobility or missing limbs. To help find a solution to this challenge and to make digital operations and tasks [...]

3D Systems introduces Jaw in a Day, a patient specific surgical planning package

2016-10-19T10:05:24+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|English, News|

3D Systems has launched Jaw in a Day, the latest addition to its Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP) product line. The process enables surgeons to create patient-specific 3D printed surgical guides, models, and instruments for jaw and dental reconstruction surgery. With traditional dental rehabilitation requiring multiple surgeries and constant care over a 6-12 month period, patients [...]

3D printing navigation helps blind boy to see in China

2016-09-06T10:02:06+00:00 September 7th, 2016|English, News|

Recently, Professor Li Zefu and associate Professor Li Meng from the Neurosurgery Department of the Affiliated Hospital of Binzhou Medical University successfully operated on an intracranial cysts-induced patient using 3D printing navigation technology. It is said that the patient recovered quickly after the surgery. The eight-year-old boy experienced a dramatic reduction on his eyesight and was taken to [...]

Tongue cancer successfully treated thanks to 3D printed surgical model

2016-09-04T13:22:07+00:00 September 5th, 2016|English, News|

When a 53-year-old man called Mr. Ravi (a pseudonym) came to Bangalore’s Health Care Global (HCG) complaining of a mouth ulcer, at first that’s all the doctors found. As he had been treated for tongue cancer two years ago, however, an MRI was taken, and the results weren’t good – the tumor had returned, and it [...]

June 2016

3D printing helps save infant with brain growing outside skull

2016-06-22T12:19:25+00:00 June 24th, 2016|English, News|

Sometimes you hear a story that just warms your heart, and Bentley Yoder‘s is one such story. Last month he underwent reconstructive surgery to move his brain inside his skull, a move that was helped with 3D printed models. The Yoder’s story Even before he was born, Bentley’s parents Sierra and Dustin were told he wouldn’t [...]

Young man receives 3D printed heel bone in Korea

2016-06-20T10:56:49+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|English, News|

One of the wonders of writing about 3D printing is that when it comes to medical challenges, you begin to see things like so many medical professionals around the globe today do also: anything is possible. Whether doctors are removing a tumor (or growing one, bioprinting in the lab for study) or adding a 3D printed [...]

Doctors successfully resect 5 vertebrae with a 19cm 3D printed spinal implant

2016-10-19T10:05:35+00:00 June 16th, 2016|English, News|

The Peking University Third Hospital in Beijing, China is building up a reputation for groundbreaking medical procedures involving 3D printed implants. Two years ago, they became the first hospital in the world to implant a 3D printed vertebrae, and they have now completed an even more remarkable feat. Just a few days ago, the hospital’s [...]

Ultimaker shows 3D printing bone models for surgical pre-planning

2016-06-03T08:39:30+00:00 June 4th, 2016|English, News|

One of the fastest growing applications for 3D printing is in the medical industry where doctors are discovering the power of surgical pre-planning using 3D printed replicas of their patient’s body. Doctors have discovered that CT or MRI data can be converted into 3D models and then 3D printed as highly accurate three-dimensional representations of [...]

Chinese doctors used 3D printing to treat a baby with craniosynostosis

2016-10-19T10:05:40+00:00 June 1st, 2016|English, News|

Craniosynostosis is an infantile condition in which a baby’s skull bones grow together too quickly and cause irregular head shape and brain growth. The condition, which affects 6 out of every 10,000 infants can have serious effects on a child’s development as it causes pressure on the brain and thus can result in serious developmental [...]