Understanding Additive Manufacturing

Cleft lip surgery using 3D Printing

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My Father In-law was the famous surgeon for doing cleft lip surgery. According to the Scientific Reports volume,”Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology have been implemented in the treatment of cleft lip and palates (CLP) by several research groups. This pilot study presents a technique that combines intraoral moulding with a semi-automated plate generation and 3D-printing”.

 

 

https://www.nature.com/

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Custom building envelopes straight from the 3D printer

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According to Moritz Mungenast, he is Associate Professor of Architectural Design and Building Envelope, “Custom building envelopes straight from the printer and not only is the facade element very stable, it’s also translucent and multi-functional. For example, cells inside the element provide stability while at the same time creating air-filled cavities for optimum insulation. Waves in the material create shadows. Thin embedded tubes let air circulate from one side of the element to the other, ensuring the best possible ventilation. And the micro-structured surface provides for perfect acoustics. All these functions are scalable and can be adapted to accommodate individual requirements at no extra cost”.

 

 

https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/detail/article/34151/

3D Printed device for injured spinal cords

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According to Ann Parr, M.D., PhD., a co-author of the study and University of Minnesota Medical School Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Stem Cell Institute,”This is a very exciting first step in developing a treatment to help people with spinal cord injuries. Currently, there aren’t any good, precise treatments for those with long-term spinal cord injuries.”

https://interestingengineering.com/tiny-3d-printed-device-could-save-injured-spinal-cords