3D Printing: A Bright Future for Orthopedics

Hip replacement. Xray. Human anatomy. 3D illustration

(DGIwire) – For anyone undergoing orthopedic surgery, a common concern is a complication called aseptic loosening. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, this occurs where the bond between an implant and bone doesn’t hold, requiring patients to be taken back to surgery after a joint replacement. Now a team of researchers from the […]

3D-Printed Vertebrae: A Landmark Surgery

Cervical Vertebrae

(DGIwire) – In late 2015, a neurosurgeon at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, Australia, met a patient who suffered from a form of cancer called chordroma, according to a Mashable report. The patient had a tumor in a particularly inaccessible location: two vertebrae at the top of the neck involved in rotation of […]

3D Medical Printing: A Tool Against Tongue Cancer

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(DGIwire) – When a 53-year-old man came to Health Care Global in Bangalore, India, complaining of a mouth ulcer, at first that’s all the doctors found, according to 3DPrint.com. As he had been treated for tongue cancer two years previously, however, an MRI was taken, and the results weren’t good—the tumor had returned and was […]

Medical Device Manufacturing Turns to 3D Printing

3D printing in the laboratory

(DGIwire) – Imagine being able to produce bone implants, dentures or surgical tools in almost any conceivable design. This scenario came closer to reality in April 2016 when researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems in Dresden, Germany unveiled a new additive manufacturing (i.e. 3D printing) method at the Medtec medical technology […]

Now in Earth Orbit: 3D Printing

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(DGIwire) – The International Space Station (ISS) is a technological marvel in itself—but lately its crew members have been engaged in yet another cutting-edge technology: 3D printing. In June 2016, NASA announced that ISS members installed a 3D printer for a new experiment, “3D Printing in Zero-G Technology Demonstration,” to show that a 3D printer […]

3D Metal Printing: Revolutionizing Medical Devices Limb by Limb

Closeup of 3D printer printing

(DGIwire) – 3D printing is revolutionizing the world of medical devices. In May 2016, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released new guidelines for medical device manufacturers involved in 3D printing, the agency spotlighted some of the technology’s key advantages. For example, scans of a patient’s body can be used to create 3D-printed components […]

3D Metal Printing Aims for the Skies

Private jet in flight

(DGIwire) – Imagine flying through the skies in a plane whose metal parts were made in a printer. Sound like a sci-fi dream? In fact, the era of 3D printing in the aerospace industry is already here. A slew of leading companies are instituting 3D metal printing into their production processes, reports professional services firm […]

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