Medical implants are one of the most highly regulated and technically complex engineering sectors. Get an inside look into the complex world of manufacturing medical implants. In 2018, Executive Engineering installed an EOS M290 Metal 3D Printer in their Cape Town facilities, and together with their customer, LRS Implants took the lead in local additive manufacturing of orthopaedic implants. In
Most of the time, a car accident victim with trauma to the face will undergo hours of surgery in the operating room, as doctors work to rebuild the damaged area based on their best analysis of how the face might have looked before (usually using a CT scan).
But 3D printing is transforming all of that, leading to shorter surgeries, better reconstructions and improved results for patients.
A trauma patient will still have their injury scanned after a comprehensive exam. But now, Brooks and his team will plan the reconstruction digitally and 3D print a life-sized biomodel on an EnvisionTEC Vector 3SP. The machine creates a replica of the patient’s bony structure with accuracy to 100 microns.
The surgeons can then build reconstructive devices right on the 3D printed biomodel at their desk, crafting it exactly as they want before they ever set foot in the operating room. Once they do enter surgery, they have all the fabricated parts they need to do the reconstruction quickly.
The exam pass rate of Osteopathy students at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia stood at 89%. The team wanted to increase this pass rate. “In anatomy, students get their hands-on experience with cadavers in labs. Time in the laboratory is limited and academics wanted to maximise student learning by extending hands-on learning experiences beyond the laboratory classes”, says Dr Sonia
EnvisionTEC, a leading global manufacturer of desktop and full-production 3D printers and materials, recently announced two new medical-grade materials that make printing parts for implantation in humans safe and easy. New medical-grade biomaterials suitable for use in wound repair, biosensor housings, bone regeneration, drug release and more Three grades of ready-to-print biomaterials now available for use with the EnvisionTEC 3D-Bioplotter:
Using an EnvisionTEC 3D-Bioplotter, one of the most-utilized bioprinters on the market, researchers at Northwestern University have 3D printed tissue that mimics human bile duct. A bile duct plays a crucial role in the body, carrying bile from the liver to the intestine to facilitate digestion. Cancer of the bile duct has an alarmingly low survival rate, and treatment requires
EnvisionTEC, a leading global manufacturer of 3D printers and materials, kicked off the holiday season by unveiling Aria, a new generation of entry-level desktop 3D printers that delivers reliable, premium performance. Priced at $6,999, Aria delivers best-in-class surface finish and accuracy. Built on EnvisionTEC’s long-trusted Micro platform for professional 3D printer users, Aria features high-quality components and patented firmware and
Sonova is leading the way in mass customized production with 3D printing, using EnvisionTEC technology to produce nearly all of its products. Sonova’s early adoption of 3D printing caused the entire industry to flip to digital production within a few years, and the custom hearing instrument industry is the best example of mass customized production at work. When Sonova were
In March 2016, Jason was pushing himself in racing beyond limitations. That was when he had a freak accident while track cycle training at high speed. He had a seizure at close to 70kms an hour and hit the deck head-on. It happened in a split second, where his world, his passion, his life, would literally come to an end.
Watch his inspiring TEDx Talk about his road to recovery using modern technology, including 3D printing…
Critical care doctor Peter Weinstock shows how surgical teams are using a blend of Hollywood special effects and 3D printing to create amazingly lifelike reproductions of real patients – so they can practice risky surgeries ahead of time.
ReportsWeb.com has announced the addition of the ‘2017-2022 3D Printing in Healthcare Report on Global and United States Market, Status and Forecast, by Players, Types and Applications’.
This case of the artificial heart shows the potential of 3D printing in creating the necessary medical equipment that helps to advance the study on life-saving devices. It is amazing how incorporating 3D printers can push forward the work on an artificial heart by allowing not only to create the model but the complete computerised test stand.
An artificial heart could be used as a bridge during the period between of waiting for an available heart and the transplant surgery. Although there are 3D printers that can print with cells that are biocompatible with the human tissue, creating a model of a working artificial heart is still in the the distant future.
The commonly applied method for curing cancer that appears on or just below skin often involves regular radiation. Unfortunately, during this procedure, the tissue that surrounds the affected area is exposed to X-rays. To avoid this, special boluses, usually made of wax, are applied to patients but producing them is time- and labour-intensive and there is no guarantee that the end result will be precise enough to provide efficient protection from X-rays.
Application of the 3D printing technology in the area of healthcare is not a fancy daydream. Instead we can forecast that this technology will be playing a bigger role in the future development of medicine.
Zortrax focused their efforts into delivering reliable and user-friendly 3D Printing tools, so that users can focus on projects without wasting precious time and energy on making endless tweaks and adjustments. This human skull model demonstrates the potential of applying 3D printing technology to medicine.
Professor Jennifer Lewis and her group in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, are behind some of the biggest stories in the 3D printing industry. In 2016 alone Lewis et al., in collaboration with Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, released papers demonstrating breakthrough developments in 3D printing living kidney and heart cells with bio plotter. Additionally, the
3D printing the components of an artificial heart, allowed a team of researchers to speed up the development of their study, and keep costs super-low. The approximate cost to manufacture the heart was just $21 USD.
Senhear makes customized, and increasingly fashionable, inner-ear devices with EnvisionTEC’s Perfactory Standard XL machines, which use advanced DLP technology, and DDSP printers.
Tears flowed at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town on Thursday when Tylor Baker, who was born deaf and without ears, explained how it felt to be wearing specially made silicone implants.
Artec 3D has recently unveiled the Artec Leo, a smart handheld 3D scanner that captures up to 80 frames per second (FPS).
The scanner includes Autopilot — an AI-based feature within the Artec Studio 11 software that automatically processes raw 3D data into high-quality 3D models.
Artec 3D handheld scanners have helped successfully complete thousands of projects in a great many industries. Check out this video now!
Many beginners are debating the difference between SLA (laser-based stereolithography) and DLP (digital light processing) – which is the superior technology?
Understanding the 3D printing procedure will help to break down what you can expect from a final print.
SLA and DLP‘s approach are very similar: A vat of resin is exposed to a light source that cures the material and ‘stacks-it-up’ to create one solid object.
EnvisionTEC is one of the leading 3D printers and material distributors. Sales of their dental 3D printers grew 75% in 2016 — with no signs of slowing.
The new Vida cDLM is actually 5-10 times faster than prior DLP technology which makes it the world’s fastest dental 3D printer (for the moment). But the printer also offers an array of other key benefits which allow accurate, high-speed 3D printing with fewer supports, making it easier to clean up after each print.
3D bio-print a scaffold in the exact shape of the meniscus using a polycaprolactone material, a biodegradable polymer. The machine used for the bioprinting process is EnvisionTEC’s bioplotter, which is capable of 3D printing with different materials at different temperatures.
Meanwhile, Conceptualiz is trying to convince orthopedic device makers that its software would reduce the time and cost it takes to bring custom-made implants to market by adding surgeons’ expertise to a design process dominated by engineers.
Conceptualiz has provided physicians with simplified 3D printing software that’s enabling them to independently access 3D printing, allowing on-demand personalized treatment solutions.