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3D Printed spinal, chest implant

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Creating a 3D-printed implant begins with a patient’s medical imaging data, such as CT or MRI scans, used to create a digital 3D model of the affected area. The digital model is then used to create a physical implant through a layer-by-layer additive manufacturing process using a 3D printer. In the case of spinal implants, these are typically used to stabilize and/or fuse vertebrae in the spine to treat conditions such as degenerative disc disease, spinal fractures, and scoliosis. 3D-printed spinal implants are customized to fit the unique anatomy of each patient’s spine, providing a better fit and potentially better outcomes compared to traditional off-the-shelf implants.

Chest implants can be used for various purposes, including correcting deformities, repairing damage caused by trauma, and treating medical conditions such as pectus excavatum (sunken chest) and Poland syndrome (underdeveloped chest muscles). 3D printed chest implants can be made to fit the patient’s exact specifications, providing a more accurate and precise fit than traditional implants.3D printed spinal and chest implants offer a promising new approach to medical implants, providing customized solutions that can improve patient outcomes and quality of life.


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South Korea’s Mantiz joins 3D printed spinal implant market.



3-D Printed Food And Your Health

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Jin-Kyu Rhee, associate professor at Ewha Woman’s University in South Korea. She described her work at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s annual meeting. This meeting is called,” EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY 2018,” was held April 21-25 in San Diego.

Imagine a home appliance that, at the push of a button, turns powdered ingredients into food that meets the individual nutrition requirements of each household member. Although it may seem like something from science fiction, new research aimed at using 3-D printing to create customized food could one day make this a reality.

The Research Team built a platform that uses 3-D printing to create food micro structures that allow food texture and body absorption to be customized on a personal level. One day, people could have cartridges that contain powdered versions of various ingredients that would be put together using 3-D printing and cooked according to the user’s needs or preferences.

3-D printing of food works much like 3-D printing of other materials in that layers of raw material are deposited to build up a final product. In addition to offering customized food options, the ability to 3-D print food at home or on an industrial scale could greatly reduce food waste and the cost involved with storage and transportation. It might also help meet the rapidly increasing food needs of a growing world population.:)