3D Printing

Plenty of applications in healthcare for 3D printing.

Draft page – more to come!

Resources

Organovo – http://organovo.com/
At Organovo, we design and create functional human tissues using our proprietary three-dimensional bioprinting technology

Latest News

First 3D-printed human corneas – Kurzweil AI – 31-May-2018
Bio-ink solution mixed from stem cells, alginate and collagen.
Stem cells (corneal stromal) from a healthy donor’s cornea.
3D bio-printer created shaped concentric circles in under 10 minutes.
Could build a cornea to match a patient’s unique specifications.

3D printing: risks vs. benefits for the pharma industry – Pharma Times – 29-May-2018
Prices coming down – more so for printers than inks.
3D printed pills are still being researched.
Opportunities include:
Faster pre-clinical evaluation of new drugs
New formulations
Precision/personalised medicine
Local manufacture

Handheld skin printer could help heal burn victims – Engadget – 7-May-2018
Handheld device deposits skin directly onto patients’ wounds.
Rolls out protein-based biomaterials like collagen and fibrin.
Weighing just two pounds it’s feasible to use during surgery.
Can be used instead of a regular skin graft.
Plant to increase printer width before human testing.
Developed by University of Toronto researchers.

Cellink can 3D print human body parts – BBC News – 15-Nov-2017
Currently growing cartilage and skin cells suitable for testing drugs and cosmetics.
Within 20 years it could produce organs that are fit for human implantation.
First company to sell standardised bio-inks.
Sold alongside affordable 3D printers.

3D Printing and Medical Equipment – 3D print – 28-Oct-2017
Ekso Bionics exoskeleton uses 3D printing to tailor the suit to its user.
Can improve quality and accessibility of expensive equipment in third world countries.
Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) products are biocompatibile and able to be sterilized.

Israel’s CollPlant to improve 3D bioprinted organs – 3ders – 20-Oct-2017
Received $5M investment from Martin Schlaff’s Alpha Capital.
Bioprinted tissues based on technology that transforms plant-based products.
Plants able to produce human collagen – the most common protein in the body.
Bioink can be processed through a bioprinter and built up into scaffold.

New Bio-Ink Could 3D Print Artificial Organs – Futurism – 13-Sep-2017
Bio-ink is made of cold-soluble gelatin and remains stable at room temperature.
A big drawback of conventional hydrogel is its thermal instability.
Forms healthy tissue scaffolds for new cells to grow on.
Inexpensive and performed better than pig or fish skin.

Breakthrough method for 3D-printing living tissues – Kurzweil Ai – 21-Aug-2017
3D bioprinting laboratory-grown cells that can form complex living tissues and cartilage.
Currently cells often move within printed structures and can collapse on themselves.
New method produces tissues in protective nanoliter droplets wrapped in a lipid coating.
Improves the survival rate of the individual cells.

Rapid 3D printing in water using novel hybrid nanoparticles – Phys – 1-Aug-2017
Could enable the creation of bio-friendly 3-D printed structures.
Challenging due to a lack of water soluble molecules known as photoinitiators.
New technique uses semiconductor-metal hybrid nanoparticles (HNPs).
Applications include tailored medical devices, printing scaffolds for tissue engineering and artificial organs.

3D printed bionic hands trial begins in Bristol – BBC – 12-Jun-2017
World’s first clinical trial of 3D printed bionic hands for child amputees.
Sensors attached to the skin detect the user’s muscle movements, which can be used to control the hand and open and close the fingers.
Made by Open Bionics in Bristol – a company which only launched four years ago.
The hands cost £5,000 – a tenth of some prosthetics – and only take one day to make.
Cost can often be prohibitive to growing children.

New 3D printing method for silicon medical implants – KurzweilAI – 15-May-2017
Stronger, quicker, less expensive, more flexible, and more comfortable than the implants currently available.
Devices are used as ports for draining bodily fluids, implantable bands, balloons, soft catheters, slings and meshes.
Currently mass produced using molding processes.
Could enable new therapeutic devices.

Surgeons label 3D printing technology ‘revolutionary’ (VIDEO) – BBC – 6-Jan-2016
Cyclist lost jaw in an accident.
Rebuilt using bone from shoulder and titanium metal plate.
Used 3D printed model to plan operation and make bespoke teeth implants.
COMMENT: amazing – looking at the patient in the video I can barely notice an injury now

3D printed cast is revolutionizing how we heal broken bones (VIDEO) – INSIDER – 5-Aug-2016
Mexican start-up MediPrint has developed the NovaCast – a custom fit, 3D-printed plastic cast.
Waterproof, lightweight and less prone to itching and smelling.