3D printing

3D Printed Prosthetics

Italian researchers can now print implants to replace bone which have been destroye by cancer. They use CT data to reconstruct and print custom titanium implants. Full story here:

How the DIY Spirit Improves Health Care

The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston has combined DIY / making with health in MakerHealth Spaces. Inspired by the idea that nurses and other health professionals know intimately and exactly what they need and what innovations or changes will help them do their jobs better or help more effectively, this is an interesting development.

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August 22nd, 2016|Medicine, Research|0 Comments|

3D printing of drugs: “the possibilities seem endless”

The possibilities do seem endless, but the Guardian asks whether the 3D printing of medications is safe. They speculate how the pharmacies might change if drugs were printed in local pharmacies, to exact and personalized formulations. The FDA has already given the go-ahead for Spritam levetiracetam (a drug used to control epilepsy) and the hope is to follow with […]

Printing Digital Drugs

The Guardian reports on 3D printing drugs. The FDA (US Food & Drug Administration) has approved the printing of a pill containing a new drug, Spritam levetiracetam, (to control epileptic seizures). There are a number of universities across the world working on applying this technology to drugs, hoping to make it safer and more tailored to individual patients.

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3D printed hearts

This is an older story, from October last year, but one which demonstrates how digital innovation is making a real difference. A combination of  MRI scanning technology with the 3D printing of a heart enabled doctors in the US to preform surgery on a 2 week old baby. The model of the heart showed exactly what surgery was required and what […]

May 7th, 2015|Research|0 Comments|

Exciting technology for sick kids

Here’s some great news for hospitalised kids.
Robots for Good have developed the InMoov 3D printed human size robot which children can control from their hospital beds to move around the zoo (or potentially, anywhere else) and interact  with (see, hear and touch) the world they are unable to visit. The new robot will be donated to Great Ormond Street Children’s […]

February 20th, 2015|Research|0 Comments|

3D bioprinting – printing cranial plugs, hearts, lungs, limbs … could we be printing drugs?

Maruthappu, M. and B. Keogh (2014). How might 3D printing affect clinical practice? BMJ 2014;349:g7709 http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g7709

Changing clinical practice and business models:

“When added to the ever increasing availability of printers,… The internet is no longer simply an information vehicle but a delivery vehicle, decentralising and accelerating the manufacturing process.”

“…combined with medical imaging, 3D printing also has the potential to revolutionise […]