Monthly Archives: März 2016

3D printed surgical guide helps treat man with severely deformed spine

A man in China suffering from severe ankylosing spondylitis, a form of spinal arthritis that causes the vertebrae to fuse together resulting in stiffness and kyphosis, the extreme curvature of the spine, has undergone a successful surgery thanks to a custom 3D printed osteotomy guide. The surgery is the first of its kind in China, and thanks to 3D printing, doctors were able to reduce operating time by half, save over one thousand dollars, and safely perform an otherwise complex and dangerous medical procedure.

Australian periodontist receives grant for development of 3D bioprinted teeth and gum tissue

Dentists. For some reason, they are among the most feared professionals in the world, with some experts suggesting that up to 75 percent of US adults have dental phobia to some extent. But the discomfort and stigma of loose or missing teeth is also something that should be avoided at all costs, and one Australian researcher and periodontist believes 3D bioprinting could offer a solution. Periodontist Professor Saso Ivanovski, from Griffith University's Menzies Institute, has pioneered the use of 3D bioprinting technology to regrow missing teeth and bone using a patient’s own cells. It could, he believes, revolutionize dentistry.

Shanghai funeral home 3D prints missing body parts to repair corpses

If you’re not yet convinced that 3D printing technologies will impact and disrupt a large number of industries and fields, perhaps this latest direction in 3D printing technologies will convince you, as funeral homes and services have begun to incorporate the technology into their practices. Just days ago, for instance, we wrote about how one Japanese company, Roice Entertainment, has been 3D printing urns that are based on real-life photographs of your deceased loved one. And now, believe it or not, a Chinese funeral home has even been using 3D printing technology to additively manufacture missing body parts for corpses.

FreeBird Flight launches Kickstarter for 3D printed weatherproof commercial FreeBird One UAV

Just a couple months ago, we covered a story about inventor Roger Freeman and his impressive 3D printed FreeBird One UAV model, which (as our readers will remember) was used to efficiently clear snow out of his driveway and to blow dead leaves from his lawn. For those impressed with the robust 3D printed UAV model and its practical applications, you will be pleased to hear that Freeman has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for his drone, through which he hopes to make his product commercially available.

Versarien PLC and E3D Online start graphene 3D printing trials

It looks like the industrial material specialists are also increasingly waking up to the potential of the 3D printing industry. Versarien PLC, a UK advanced materials developer, now evidently recognizes 3D printing as a viable option for the commercial application of the ‘Holy Grail’ of advanced materials, graphene. To realize its potential, they have teamed up with British hotend specialist E3D, to begin graphene 3D printing trials and explore options for taking this material out of laboratories and into the real world.

Versarien PLC and E3D Online start graphene 3D printing trials

It looks like the industrial material specialists are also increasingly waking up to the potential of the 3D printing industry. Versarien PLC, a UK advanced materials developer, now evidently recognizes 3D printing as a viable option for the commercial application of the ‘Holy Grail’ of advanced materials, graphene. To realize its potential, they have teamed up with British hotend specialist E3D, to begin graphene 3D printing trials and explore options for taking this material out of laboratories and into the real world.