Webinar: How a 3D printer’s versatility enables medical innovation

This webinar was presented live on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Click below to watch on demand.     View this webinar to learn how 3D printing’s versatility has paved the way for medical advancements by Cardiovascuar Systems. To help fight the battle against CAD and PAD, CSI works continuously to advance their devices and develop

3D printing and cryogenics could create new potential for artificial organs

Researchers at Imperial College London have developed a technique to replicate biological structures using cryogenics and 3D printing. The research is a first from the university to create structure that are soft enough to replicate the mechanical properties of organs like the brain and lungs. The 3D printing technique could create replica organs and assist

Medical device companies: These 15 performed the best in 2017

Updated Jan. 5, 2018 Among the most successful medical device companies of 2017, there were two themes: innovation and breadth of services. That was the major takeaway of an MDO analysis of the stock performance of the 100 largest publicly traded medtech companies in the world. What does innovation mean? Think Align Technology (Nasdaq:ALGN) and

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3D printed organ models are getting way better: Here’s how

University of Minnesota researchers are taking 3D printed organ models to the next level: They look and feel like the real thing, and integrated sensors help surgeons train. There’s even the potential that such artificial models may someday become the real deal – “bionic organs” used to replace damaged biological organs. The Minnesota researchers published

Materialise and Formlabs want to bring more 3D printing labs to hospitals

Materialise (Leuven, Belgium) and Formlabs (Somerville, Mass.) have forged a partnership to help deliver cost-effective solutions to hospitals that want to start in-house 3D printing labs. The partnership combines Materialise’s Mimics inPrint medical imaging software with Formlabs’s Form 2 printers to create a complete 3D printing package that will help implement patient-specific care that is an affordable price-per-print. Using

3D printing could expand medical device regulation: Here’s how

FDA today offered a clearer picture of how it plans to regulate the 3D printing of medical devices – including in non-traditional settings such as medical facilities and academic institutions. “In order to help ensure the safety and effectiveness of these products, we’re working to establish a regulatory framework for how we plan to apply

How 3D technology could usher in a new wave of personalized healthcare

The personalization of physical medical equipment has posed a challenge – but not any more, thanks to 3D technology. Andrei Vakulenko, Artec 3D With the advent of 3D technologies, the healthcare industry has taken a major step toward customizing patient treatment on an individual level. Of course, it has long been easier to tailor the

Philips is expanding its radiology offerings: Here’s how

Philips today announced three new products and services related to its radiology offerings, including 3D printed models, a new CT scanner and an extension of a partnership with Banner Health. On the 3D printing front, agreements with industry leaders 3D Systems and Stratasys will enable Philips customers through Philips’s IntelliSpace Portal 10 to have a seamless

This artificial muscle can expand 15 times larger than natural muscles

Columbia University researchers have developed a 3D printed soft artificial muscle that can stretch 15 times larger than natural muscles, creating a breakthrough for soft robotics in a healthcare setting. Researchers at Columbia Engineering in the Creative Machines lab developed the one-of-a-kind artificial active tissue that has intrinsic expansion that does not need external compressors

How have medtech launches and prototyping evolved with 3D printing?

Here are three basic ways that 3D printing can help you get your medical device project off the ground. Jim Medsker, Keystone Solutions Group Additive manufacturing, commonly referred to as 3D printing, began to surface in the 1980s. Since then, the technology has quickly become a valuable tool for creating plastic prototype parts in a rapid

This lab-on-a-chip is bringing point-of-care diagnostics to smartphones

A new diagnostic platform that works using a smartphone is making point-of-care diagnostics easier for infectious diseases. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Washington at Tacoma developed a device that diagnoses infectious diseases at the point-of-care. The devices uses a smartphone as the detection instrument with a test kit

3D printing options are growing for medtech development: Here’s how

The new Multi Jet Fusion process out of HP is but the latest 3D printing technology to up the game for medical device development. Here’s a roundup of what’s available. Jon Eric Van Roekel, Proto Labs The medical device industry continues to be driven by innovation. Some sources, including medical market research firm Kalorama Information,

How 3D Systems helped separate conjoined twins

As 3D visualization and printing technologies improve, healthcare providers are able to plan for and increase the success of difficult surgeries. 3D Systems has a precision healthcare solutions team that provides simulation, surgical planning, and manufacturing. The team was recently involved in a rare case, in which conjoined twins were born as part of triplets.

Stratasys introduces rubber-like, engineering-grade 3D printing materials

Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS), a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, announced new material compatibility for its flagship J750 full color, multi-material 3D printing system, delivering additional functionality and versatility for rapid prototyping and tooling applications. Stratasys PolyJet Agilus30 rubber-like material and Digital ABS Plus engineering-grade material can now be used with the Stratasys J750. […]

What’s next in 3D printing prototypes

Tony Holtz, Proto Labs 3D printing is advancing, especially for medical device applications. Printer developers are making leaps when it comes to achieving finer resolution and prototypers are improving steps for secondary processes. The 3D printing technology has enabled improvements in micro resolution features and clarity for lenses and microfluidics. The improved secondary operations have created