How 3D printed cells on the skin could enable wound healing

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are 3D printing electronics and cells directly on the skin that could create new methods for wound healing and enable biological agent detection. The Minnesota researchers used a customized, low-cost 3D printer to print electronics on a human hand. They’ve also successfully printed biological cells on a sin wound of

10 BIOMEDevice Boston exhibitors you need to know

Updated April 20, 2018 BIOMEDevice Boston provides an opportunity for more than 4,000 engineers and executives and 400 suppliers in New England’s design and manufacturing industry to connect and network. The annual event was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, April 18-19. Hundreds of medical device industry suppliers showcased their latest technologies and capabilities.

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Norman Noble now offering additive manufacturing capabilities

Norman Noble (Highland Heights, Ohio) recently announced that it now has additive manufacturing capabilities that could help with product designs that can’t necessarily be manufactured using standard methods. New additive manufactured and 3D printed parts from the company can be made of metallic based alloys like titanium, stainless and cobalt chrome with the ability to

This patented 3D printing method could boost medical device innovation

Michael McAlpine, a 3D printing pioneer at the University of Minnesota, suspects that a method he helped invent to print semiconductors could help boost innovation in the medical device field and elsewhere. The U.S. Patent Office in February issued a patent for “3D printed active electronic materials and devices.” The patent covers work that McAlpine, a

Is 3D printing going to replace injection molding?

3D printing and injection molding each have their own benefits and limitations when it comes to making medical device parts, according to experts from PTI Engineered Plastics, Carbon and Protolabs.  Medical device parts makers are increasingly turning to 3D printing, but additive manufacturing has yet to reach the tipping point where it could supplant injection molding

This wearable system continuously monitors stomach activity

California researchers have created an electrocardiogram-like system for the gastrointestinal tract that monitors electrical activity in the stomach over a 24-hour period. The system is a wearable, non-invasive system that provides GI activity monitoring outside of clinical settings while increasing the chance of identifying abnormal activity. It is a 3D printed portable box that is

Materialise touts FDA first in clearance of 3D printed anatomical model tech

Materialise said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Mimis inPrint software designed for 3D printing anatomical models for diagnostic use, touting it as the first clearance of its kind. The Belgian company said that last August, the FDA ruled that software designed to create files for 3D printing patient-specific anatomical models for diagnostic purposes […]

China CFDA proposes regulatory framework for 3D-printed medical devices

Stewart Eisenhart, Emergo Group Medical device market regulators at the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) have published new guidance proposing registration requirements for devices produced via 3D printing or additive manufacturing. Get the full story here at the Emergo Group’s blog. The opinions expressed in this blog post are the author’s only and do

K2M leads the pack with 3D printing for spine, analysts say

K2M (Nasdaq: KTWO) continues to lead the 3D printed spine device market with its new 3D printed Mojave expandable cage and its Cascadia family of 3D printed implants, according to a new equity research report out of Barclays. Leesburg, Va.–based K2M presently has a 3D printed portfolio with 10 approved products making up about 12%

This 3D-printed device analyzes tissue cells from rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers in New York have created a 3D-printed, portable and low-cost microfluidic controller that analyzes tissue cells and can recognize fibroblast subtypes in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Single-cell analysis is a way for researchers to study how cells influence disease and their response to treatment, but there is a lack of cost-effective and user-friendly devices to

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