Category Archives: Medical & Dental

Tokyo Dental College develops one-stop 3D printing lab for medicine and dentistry

Researchers at the Tokyo Dental College, Japan, developed what they’re calling a “one-stop 3D printing lab” for designing and producing inexpensive patient-specific dental models for use in maxillofacial surgery and dentistry.   The published research is titled Utilizing a low-cost desktop 3D printer to develop a “one-stop 3D printing lab” for oral and maxillofacial surgery […]

TUM researchers apply 3D printing to treat cleft lips and palates

Researchers in Germany are using 3D printing to improve treatments for babies with cleft lips and palates. In a study conducted at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), scientists have used 3D printing and semi-automated workflow to improve the process of nasoalveolar molding (NAM), a medical procedure used to help children with birth defects that […]

Beijing ophthalmologist makes 3D printed spectacles to treat deformed corneas

Dr. Song Hongxin, an ophthalmologist and researcher at the Beijing Tongren Hospital, China, has 3D printed spectacles to help patients with deformed corneas. The 3D printed optical lenses are designed specifically to treat keratoconus, a progressive eye disease which deforms the cornea. The idea is that a 3D printed customized lens could fit the deformed […]

University of Sydney awarded $1.15 million for iFix 3D printing Biopen

The University of Sydney’s Save Sight Institute has been awarded a $1.15 million (AUD) grant from the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s Medical Devices Fund (MDF) to progress commercialization of its 3D corneal biopen. The iFix Pen, a hand-held co-axial 3D printer, extrudes bioink directly onto an eye to aid in the regeneration of cells […]

Four Thieves Vinegar Collective debuts 3D printed chemical reactor for homemade medicine

Dr. Michael Laufer, Founder and Chief Spokesman of the Four Thieves Vinegar Collective, an anarchist biohacking network, debuted a 3D printable kit for homebrewing medication at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) Conference in New York City, last month. Acting as an accessible alternative to industrial chemical reactors, this Apothecary Mircolab is capable of synthesizing […]

Veterans Affairs investigates healing potential of 3D printed lungs

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for military healthcare is applying 3D printing to the development of artificial lungs. Though still a very early proof-of-concept project, Dr. Joseph Potkay, a biomedical engineer at the VA Ann Arbor Health Care System, Michigan, hopes that minute, 3D printed chips, could one day be used to used to […]

Video: Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Jonathan Morris reflects on the impact of in-hospital 3D printing

The Mayo Clinic, a non-profit academic medical center based in Rochester, Minnesota, implemented additive manufacturing into its pre-surgical planning processes over ten years ago. Now, with several successful cases, Dr. Jonathan Morris, Co-Director of the Anatomical Modeling Laboratory and Neuroradiologist at the Mayo Clinic, reflected on the positive impact 3D printed anatomical models have had […]

UOT researchers 3D print complex vessel tissue with custom bioprinter

Researchers from the University of Toronto (UOT) have developed an open-source, low-cost 3D bioprinter for constructing complex vascular tissue structures. With this custom bioprinter, the UOT researchers conducted a study seeking to resolve a concern within tissue engineering which derives from the poor development of vasculature – the arrangement of blood vessels in an organ […]

Florida Surgeons perform hip replacement using Conformis 3D printed implants

Last week, ConforMIS, a medical technology company based in Massachusetts, launched its first two 3D printed hip system implants which, according to ConforMIS, is “the first ever 3D designed primary total hip replacement system.” A day prior to this launch, on July 31st, the first surgeries using this system were performed on by Gregory Martin, […]

Stanford researchers develop 3D printed cardiac-mapping catheters for patients with heart diseases

A team of researchers at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, located in California, are developing 3D printed cardiac catheter surgical devices to help those suffering from common heart diseases, such as atrial fibrillation. Cardiac catheter devices are used by surgeons to map a heart’s electrical activity, ultimately detecting rhythm disturbances in a patient’s heartbeats. However, […]