Category Archives: transplant

3D printed kidneys save life of two-year-old child

Surgeons at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, have worked with Stratasys’ 3D printing to support the first successful larger-than-average adult kidney transplantation from father to son. The high-risk procedure was performed with the help of two, true-to-life, 3D printed models, which proved vital to surgical preparation. The case of Dexter Clark Two-year-old […]

Researchers in Kyoto pin-down 3D printed regenerative nerve tissue

Researchers at Kyoto University in Japan have successfully implanted 3D printed cells into the thighs of lab rats. The 3D bioprinting used is the Kenzan …

Tortoise gets new shell, thanks to 3D printing

A team of vets in Brazil has come up with a novel use for 3D printing by producing a whole new shell for a tortoise that was injured in a fire. The Animal Avengers in Sao Paulo have acquired quite a reputation. The team of four vets, a dental surgeon and a 3D printer has already created a range of prosthetics that have given injured animals a new lease of life. Birds get serious braces They were in the news recently after creating a new titanium beak for a toucan. A macaw that lost most of its beak had a partial titanium replacement attached with bone cement and screws in a ground-breaking operation. A parrot, meanwhile, received a reinforced plastic beak that is strong enough to crack nuts. Now they have applied modern technology to a tortoise named Freddy, who suffered damage to 85% of his shell after he was caught in a brush fire last year. He was named, rather ironically, after Freddy Kruger in The Nightmare on Elm Street films. 3D design ace Cicero Moraes couldn’t just copy the damaged shell. He had to reconstruct the design by analysing healthy turtles, photographing Freddy and then constructing a CAD design of a healthy hull to fit his frame. “’Freddy was the first tortoise in the world to receive a fully rebuilt hull and the first creature that we, as […]

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