According to Dr. Philipp Brantner,”the Co-Head of the 3D Printing Lab at the University Hospital of Basel, and in his presentation at the Materialise World Summit 2017 he reveals how his hospital has concretely implemented a working 3D printing process within the hospital structure, and what he recommends for other hospitals looking to start their own 3D printing labs”.
According to the 3D Print Lab at the University Hospital of Basel axial3D,” transforms how healthcare specialists across the globe access medical 3D printing. We create precisely, patient-specific 3D printed surgical planning models generated directly from patient CT and MRI scan data, the orthopedic auto-segmentation software module, 3D printed anatomical models facilitate a better understanding of abnormalities, encourage trailing of novel surgical techniques and improve the surgical outcome for patients. Providing a unique Online Ordering Portal to securely upload scans in minutes, our expert team use the latest 3D printing technology to create precise physical 3D printed models of your patient’s anatomy and deliver directly to the consultant”.
Heart pump from a 3D printer
According to ETH doctoral student Kai von Petersdorff-Campen,“ My goal was not to make a good heart pump, but to demonstrate the principle of how it can be produced in a single step.
Conventional manufacturing methods are the bottleneck in the development of ventricular assist devices (VADs). The shift to agile, fast and test-driven development practices renders the use of additive manufacturing techniques necessary. A critical component of heart pumps are magnets, e.g. in the driving and bearing system of the impellers in turbodynamic VADs. We have developed a method to 3D print magnets directly into parts by fused deposition modeling. Using that method we printed and tested a functional pump with 10 integrated components”.
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