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10.05.2016, 09:48   MedGizmo

MedGizmo: 3D Printing & Healthcare Update

In the last couple of years, significant technological developments in the field of 3D printing opened new horizons for its implementation in industries and everyday life. Healthcare is rapidly accumulating these developments – and so far – almost every day we learn about it. Here we provide a brief update on the latest news.

Motley Fool has posted a good concise review: 6 Fascinating Facts You Probably Didn't Know About 3D Printing

“… the number of applications for this innovative technology has ballooned, and it promises to increase exponentially as further advances are made…”

6 areas are mentioned:

1. The first 3D-printed object made from asteroid material was revealed in January.
2. 3D-printed human structures were successfully implanted in animals.
3. The FDA approved the first 3D-printed drug in 2015.
4. The first 3D printing facility in space is now commercially available
….
There's such a thing as 4D printing.
Read More HERE

3D Printing Industry (3DPI), the Authority on 3D Printing: Personalized Medicine and 3D Printing  writes:
"Personalized medicine is becoming the standard as a global model for healthcare. In this model, the patient’s individual profile leads decision making. Personalized 3D printing is part of this movement and rapid prototyping services makes it happen. Especially in plastic or reconstructive surgery, custom made products are transforming the industry."
The post mentions the following areas:
  • Reconstructive Surgery.
  • Rapid Prototyping in Head and Neck Surgery
  • Ophthalmologic Microsurgery
  • Endoscopic Surgical Stapler
Read the full post HERE

Medical 3D printing now has two journals:
One is 3D Printing in Medicine, that is published by SpringerOpen
 



And the other one – the Australian -  Journal of 3D Printing in Medicine, that was just launched , as it is reflected in this article:
3D printing in medicine gets its own title
“The Journal of 3D Printing in Medicine isn’t the flashiest title in the world, but it certainly does what it says on the tin. This Future Medicine title will chronicle advances in the field of bioprinting and other breakthroughs that can be applied to the medical world…
Read more HERE

 
Let us have a look at some specific applications:

DENTISTRY

Investing News in its post  3D Printing Market for Dental Devices  has a brief but quality description of the market
  • Benefits of 3D printing dental devices
  • Key players and applications
  • Future outlook: Where the 3D printer market is headed
Read more HERE

InternetMedicine,com in their post 3d Printing in Dentistry: Coming of age as a manufacturing technique  describes an stunning experience of a British company that prints 3d dental crowns:

"Things are done differently at an industrial unit in Miskin, near Cardiff, set up by Renishaw, a British engineering company. The plant is equipped with three of the firm’s 3D printers; more will be added soon. Each machine produces a batch of more than 200 dental crowns and bridges from digital scans of patients’ teeth. The machines use a laser to steadily melt successive layers of a cobalt-chrome alloy powder into the required shapes. The process is a bit like watching paint dry—it can take eight to ten hours—but the printers run unattended and make each individual tooth to a design that is unique to every patient. Once complete, the parts are shipped to dental laboratories all over Europe where craftsmen add a layer of porcelain. Some researchers are now working on 3D printing the porcelain, too."

Read the whole story HERE

Those interested can read the details about Reinshaw Renishaw's LaserPFM frameworks are 3D printed on our own additive manufacturing machine
 


U.K.-based Dawood & Tanner company is using 3D printing in dental implant treatments at Specialist Dental Practice since 1999. 3D printing plays an essential role in planning and treatment for a patient requiring advanced implant and reconstructive surgery and prosthetics

Read more at this 3DPrint.com story:
"By using medical scan data, Dawood was able to create a 3D printed model of Stephenson’s skull. The model allows him to see exactly what structure of his skull was left intact, what would need to be repaired and what would need to be replaced altogether. Once he had a surgical plan in place, he used metal 3D printers to create what would be used as a framework around which to rebuild the jaw."

DRUGS

ZipDose Technology made it possible for SPITAM to produce anti-epileptic drug that was recently approved by FDA


 Read more here




REHABILITATION

MediPrint 3D-printed NovaCast: breathable and lightweight, could replace itchy, smelly plaster casts in the future

Here is GIZMAG Story:
"If you've ever had a cast on an arm or leg, then you'll know how uncomfortable, awkward and inconvenient they can be. That's why the NovaCast was created, by Mexican startup Mediprint. It's a 3D-printed cast which is custom-made for each patient as needed, and that addresses many of the limitations of traditional plaster casts."
Read the full story HERE

British experience is described by the Wales on Line:
How innovative 3D printing technology is offering a helping hand to injured patients

Watch these clips



3D Printing Used for Life Altering Reconstructive Surgery



It is fascinating to know that the technology assists in development of treatment of neurology diseases:
How 3D printing could potentially advance Alzheimer's research

"As Alzheimer’s Disease manifests in the brain, effectively causing parts of the brain to atrophy, understanding the brain’s growth and structure could play an important role in eventually finding a treatment for the disease. Recently, an international team of researchers actually used 3D modeling and printing technologies to recreate a growing brain to better understand how the folds of the human brain’s cortex are formed. The 3D printed brain model was created based off of MRI images of a fetal brain—which does not possess folds—and was made to mimic how a real brain grows."
Read MORE HERE

An interesting discussion is provided in this post:
Why should we 3D print lenses?

Luxexcel saw the need for a new 3D printing process for lenses and developed proprietary technology that involves combining two droplets of fluid that create the lens to an exact specification. There is no layer by layer printing, so there are no layers running through the lens.
Read more HERE and watch this video about unique Luxexcel Printoptical Technology


Some other links to latest information on the subject:

International Business Times has a story: 3D Bioprinting Is Reshaping Modern Medicine where the emergence and importance of 3D Bioprinting is discussed

Time lapse of a coronary artery being bioprinted


 
10.05.2016, 09:48   MedGizmo
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