Category Archives: medical implants

RMIT 3D printed implant study proves our bodies thrive off diamonds

While it may not be as a catchy as the famous song from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, research from RMIT University argues that diamonds are (also) a 3D printer’s best friend. More specifically, diamond, as it is made from carbon, improves the biocompatibility of 3D printed titanium implants. The breakthrough discovery made by Dr. Kate Fox and her […]

Are 3D printed implants and medical devices better?

3D printed medical implants and healthcare services are finding increasing use by healthcare professionals. While the number of cases is increasing, 3D Systems alone has provided services in over 100,000 cases, 3D printing does not yet have the same volume as traditional procedures. The Belgian Health Care Knowledge Center (KCE) has published a report of recommendations […]

TU Delft’s 3D printed metamaterial hip puts a spring in the step

Metamaterials are materials engineered with properties that allow them to behave outside, or “beyond”, their nature. They come in many different forms with varying capabilities, including electric and sonic manipulation, or the way they deform under pressure, i.e. auxetic metamaterials. At Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), a team led by Professor Amir Zadpoor has […]

84 year old man in China receives “world first” 3D printed tantalum knee

An 84 year old patient suffering from osteoarthritis has reportedly become the first man in the world to receive a 3D printed tantalum knee implant. The news has been circulated by Chongqing News (, a local source set up by Chongqing State Council, a south-west municipality of China. The surgery was conducted at a First Affiliated […]

TU Delft’s self folding tulip proves 4D printing’s potential in medicine

Professor Amir Zadpoor’s team at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) believes that the self folding ability of 3D printed polymers could have potential for next generation medical devices. In a recent paper for the journal Materials Horizons, the team demonstrate the 3D printing’s ability to make flat nets that fold into an array of […]

Stryker funds $9.29 million project for on demand bone cancer implants

Australia is rapidly growing as a nation with outstanding medical research expertise. In November 2016 the nation opened its first specialist biofabrication unit at the Herston Health Precinct in Brisbane, and projects at its leading institutions, including the University of Wollongong, are active in developing new paradigms in the world of 3D bioprinting. ‘Just in […]

3D-Printed Medical Implants Designed to Deliver Antibodies or Chemotherapeutic Drugs

(FileHIPPO) — A research team at Louisiana Tech University has developed a method for using inexpensive, consumer-grade 3D printers and materials to construct custom medical implants, which can contain either antibacterial and/or chemotherapeutic compounds to enable a targeted medication delivery for the patient. Louisiana Tech’s biomedical engineering and nanosystems engineering programs collaborated to create filament… View Article