3D Printing in Medicine and Health

Organovo: 3d Printing Living Tissue

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Organovo 3d Printing Living Tissue

According to the Organovo,” This is a medical research company headquartered in San Diego which designs and develops three-dimensional human tissue. The living 3D printed tissue can be used for testing drugs before giving the drugs to a real person.  Organovo uses a proprietary bioprinting platform called NovoGen for 3D printing tissue.

Pharmaceutical companies conventionally perform testing on animals or on cells in Petri-dishes.  Both methods of testing are very different from testing on a living person.  Therefore several clinical trials fail when tried on living person even if they were considered successful on animals or cells in petri-dish.  Organovo technology bridges this gap by providing 3D tissue models that are much closer to a living person.  Pharmaceutical companies can use the 3D tissues developed using this technology for testing.

In 2014 Organovo announced the commercial release of exVive3DTM Human Liver Tissue for preclinical drug discovery testing.  In April 2015, Organovo presented results of 3D printing in vitro 3D kidney tissue at the 2015 Experimental Biology conference in Boston.  In 2015 L’Oreal signed an agreement with Organovo to produce 3D printed skin for use in testing of cosmetics.  The long-term goal of Organovo’s 3D bioprinting technology is to be able to create organs for transplantation”.:)

http://www.organovo.com

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organovo

Orgonovo Company Profile Video

 

 

Youtube video of interview with Keith Murphy, CEO of Organovo

Youtube Video: 3D Bioprinter

 

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3D Printed Custom Insoles from SOLS

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3D Printed Custom Insoles from SOLS

According to the SOLS,” this is a New York-based startup that provides 3D printed custom insoles.  To purchase SOLS’ custom insoles, a customer uses to take photos of their feet.  The customer also provides information such as height, weight, length of each foot and so on.  SOLS recommends taking help from a buddy to take photos and measurements.  SOLS takes this information and generates a 3D model of the custom insoles for the customer.  The 3D model is used to 3D print the custom soles for the customer. The insoles generated are thin and can be work in any kind of shoes.  One can also include the width of the shoe to make sure the custom insoles work well with the shoe.

SOLS provides SOLS Flex and SOLS Rx.  SOLS Flex are custom insoles for daily use. SOLS Rx is prescription insoles for hing with aches and pain of feet.

Soles was co-founded by Kegan Schouwenburg in 2013.  SOLS has raised almost $20 Million from investors”.:)

 

http://www.sols.com

SOLS’ Facebook Page

PRNewswire article on SOLS

CBS Article on SOLS

ConforMIS: Customizing Knee Implants using 3D Printing

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ConforMIS: Customizing Knee Implants using 3D Printing

According to the ConforMIS,” this is a company headquartered in Bedford Massachusetts that designs and manufactures customized knee implants for patients  A CT scan of a patient’s knee is taken and a 3D model of the patient’ knee is created.  Using the 3D model, designs of implants customized to the patient are created.  3D printing technology is used to manufacture implants that are specific to that patient.  As a result, knee implants that are customized for a specific patient are generated.

Traditional knee replacement surgery is based on off the shelf implants.  A surgeon makes adjustments to the implants for a patient.  These adjustments may not result in a perfect fit for a patient and the implant can be either too big or too small.  In contrast, customized implants generated by ConforMIS’ technology are made to fit the knee of each patient.  Customized knee implants have been found to result in faster recovery, higher satisfaction, and improved ability to perform normal day to day activities.

Dr Philipp Lang, MD, MBA is the CEO and co-founder of ConforMIS.  ConforMIS owns or licenses approximately 470 patents and pending patent applications”.:)

http://www.conformis.com

http://boston.cbslocal.co/2014/10/17/bedford-company-using-3d-printer-to-make-customized-knee-implants/

 

 

 

 

 

MIT Develops Platform for 3D Printing Glass

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MIT Develops Platform for 3D Printing Glass

Mediated Matter Group of MITs’ Media Lab in collaboration with MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and MIT’s Glass Lab has developed an additive manufacturing platform called G3DP for printing transparent glass structures.  The G3DP platform uses two chambers, an upper chamber and a lower chamber.  The upper chamber is heated to a temperature of 1900°F to produce molten glass.  The lower chamber performs annealing by slowly cooling the molten glass.  The molten glass is funneled through a nozzle to 3D print fascinating glass structures.

According to Prof. Neri Oxman of the MIT Media Lab who directs the Mediated Matter research group, this research could lead to advances in creating fiber optic cables that transmit data more efficiently.

https://www.media.mit.edu/people/neri

http://matter.media.mit.edu/

https://www.media.mit.edu/research/groups/mediated-matter

https://wp.me/p64ptu-4d

http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/3dp.2015.0021

 

3D Printing Food

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3D Printing Food

According to the Natural Machines,” has introduced Foodini, a 3D printer for food.  Foodini is a 3D printer that uses edible ingredients to 3D print food items.  Foodini can make salty, sweet, savory, or other types of food.  Foodini is connected to the internet.  A user interface allows a user to select what they want to print and the user interface lets the user know what ingredients need to be put in each capsule.  Currently the user loads ingredients into the 3D printer.  However, Natural Machines is working with food manufacturers to create ready-made capsules that can be loaded into the 3D printer.  The current version of the 3D printer simply 3D prints the food which then has to be cooked.  Natural Machines is developing a version of the 3D printer that will produce cooked food”.:)

“You’re not gonna walk into a kitchen appliance store, see a 3D food printer and say ‘Hey I need one of those, let me buy one!'” Ms. Lynette Kucsma, the co-founder of Natural Machines, Barcelona said, “It’s too new of a concept, people don’t know what it is.”

Consumers in more than 80 countries have expressed interest in the device. At about $2,000.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/06/tech/innovation/foodini-machine-print-food/

http://www.businessinsider.com/3d-printed-food-foodini-2016-4

Surgeons from China take help of 3D Printed Models for Separating Conjoined Twins

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Surgeons from China take help of 3D Printed Models for Separating Conjoined Twins


For the first time, surgeons in China used 3D printing technology to help with surgery for separating conjoined twins.  Surgeons at Fudan University Children Hospital in Shanghai used 3D printing models to help understand the anatomical structure of the body of three-month-old conjoined twin girls.  The doctors sent data gathered using CT and MRI scans of the conjoined twins to a 3D printing company.  The 3D printing company built 3D models of the body parts of the conjoined twins. The 3D model gave the surgeons a better idea of the anatomical structure of the body of the conjoined twins and helped the surgeons plan the surgery.  Doctors performed successful surgery and separated the conjoined twins.

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-33077985

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11666187/Doctors-separate-conjoined-twins-with-help-of-3D-printer.html

 

 

 

 

 

3D & Virtual Reality Expo in Tokyo

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3D & Virtual Reality Expo in Tokyo


According to 3D & Virtual Reality Expo (IVR),” this is an exhibition of the latest 3D technology and super high definition image technology. The exhibition is held in Tokyo, Japan. In 2015, the 23rd IVR exhibition was held from June 24th to 26th. The exhibition attracts people from various industries such as manufacturing, amusement, broadcasting, image production, content production, telecommunication, and so on.  The exhibition also attracts people from public offices, universities and research centers”.:)

http://www.ivr.jp/en/

 

Digital Dentistry with 3D Printer

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Digital Dentistry with 3D Printer


According to the Stratasys 3D printing dental solutions,” 3D printing is playing a significant role in dental and Orthodontic labs because 3D printers can do fast and good quality production.  With the help of CAD/CAM design, 3D printers can make crowns, bridges, and Orthodontic appliances.  Stratasys provides 3D printing dental solutions including the Object260 Dental Selection 3D Printer”.:)

https://wp.me/p64ptu-2P

http://www.stratasys.com/industries/dental#sthash.2v2l8cyB.dpuf

https://www.renishaw.com/en/renishaw-enhancing-efficiency-in-manufacturing-and-healthcare–1030

http://www.air-cosmos.com/2015/03/09/29985-new-objet260-dental-selection-3d-printer-takes-digital-dentistry-realism-and-precision-to-the-next-level

 

 

 

 

3D Printed Paws for Dog

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3D Printed Paws for Dog

According to the,”NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Engineering Prosthetic limb made for a dog.

Zeus, a five-year-old Siberian husky with a missing foot, will get his first chance to run in the snow.  Zeus now becomes the fifth pet to receive a custom-made osseointegrated implant and attached prosthetic limb at NC State thanks to a collaboration between the NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Engineering”.

1) YouTube video on Zeus and the surgery.

2)     NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Engineering.

3)   http://www.cvm.ncsu.edu/news/2011-04-03-Pioneering-Implant-Surgery-Aids-Zeus-and-Prosthetic-Limb-Design.html