Using a 3D model of a patient's lower mandible, a medical team, in partnership with LayerWise, built and 3D printed an artificial jaw implant structure. The jaw, constructed with titanium powder, incorporates articulated joints and dedicated features and has been hailed as one of the first complete patient-specific implants. (Source: LayerWise)
Impressive slide show, Beth. This is a whiole world of medical 3D I wasn't aware of. I found it particualarly interesting that 3D printing would be used to help surgeons figure out how to separate co-joined twins. Amazing.
That was pretty amazing, Rob. It was done a while ago and the technology has advanced so far even since then. From what I can see, medical applications are a huge area for 3D printing, both historically and going forward.
Your articles are giving us a good education on the uses and development of 3D printing. Some of the comments from earlier 3D printing articles go into detail on the use of the technology and the value it gives the design engineer. From what I'm hearing, the devices do save time and dollars, even though there are glitches along the way.
Not only delicate, but demanding in terms of materials variety and the flexibility required. 3D printing makes so much sense because so many medical applications require custom fit and specifications tailored for individual patient. With continuous improvements and with prices on the technology coming down, it's a perfect match.
Inspiring article which reminds me how we can continue to use new technolgy to make postive impacts in people's lives. It seems that Medical 3D printing is poised to take off in many different directions and I'm thinking that some of these new applications will be commonplace in the years to come.
You are correct. We had a small demo done to us before our sons surgery. the surgent took the whole section apart to review the procedure. It is realy great that 3D is being used in such important applications.
Beth, nice article and very interesting. My medical knowledge is not enough to be dangerous but when I see the terms "biocompatible" and "create human organs" I'm thinking this would be great if this was used to 3D a human's heart, lung or other organ for transplanting. Eliminating the need for a live donor and hopefully decreasing the chances of the body rejecting the organ.
MIT students modified a 3D printer to enable it to print more than one object and print on top of existing printed objects. All of this was made possible by modifying a Solidoodle with a height measuring laser.
Siemens released Intosite, a cloud-based, location-aware SaaS app that lets users navigate a virtual production facility in much of the same fashion as traversing through Google Earth. Users can access PLM, IT, and other pertinent information for specific points on a factory floor or at an outdoor location.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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