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.
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.
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.
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.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.