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3D Printed Optical Hardware Cuts Lab Costs

| Medical Technology, RepRap, Shapeways | April 2, 2013

A Michigan Technological University lab has published a scientific paper that shows how they have designed a set of open source 3D printable optics components. Joshua Pearce, an associate professor of materials science and engineering and electrical and computer engineering, decided to explore how open-source 3D printers, like the RepRap, could be used to reduce…more »

British Man 3D Printed face

British restaurant manager Eric Moger, aged 60, has received a 3D printed face prosthetic after recovering from cancer that consumed the left side of his face. After doctors discovered an aggressive tennis-ball sized tumor under his facial skin four years ago, Eric underwent emergency surgery that removed almost the entire left side of his face….more »

Stratasys Objet30 OrthoDesk 3D Printer

Stratasys have recently launched the Objet30 OrthoDesk 3D printer which is specially designed for orthodontic labs and clinics. What’s special about this model is that it’s designed for smaller dental labs, which up until now were priced out of providing digital orthodontics. Digital orthodontics using 3D printing is fast becoming the industry standard way of…more »

3D Printing Organs using Bio Ink

The Biomanufacturing Laboratory at the University of Iowa College of Engineering’s Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD) is developing a 3D printing process that uses ‘Bio-Ink’ for organ and tissue fabrication. Researchers hope to create working human organs within 5 or 10 years. This research is the initial results of a new interdisciplinary manufacturing venture…more »

3D Printed Skull Implant

A 3D printed skull implant has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has already been used to help replace 75% of a patients skull. 3D printers are already showing promise in a variety of medical applications, both for bio-compatible medical implants and also for stem cell research, such as the…more »


Scientists at the University of the West of England in Bristol, UK have created a bio-actuator that can beat like a heart using 3D printed parts. The video of the artificial heart above is courtesy of New Scientist. The biologically driven actuator is a proof-of-concept “artificial heartbeat” that they hope may be used in the…more »

3D Printed Human Ear Scaffolding

Researchers at Cornell University hope to use 3D printers to create replacement human ears that are more lifelike than current methods for children born with auricular¬†deformaties. Biological engineers have used a 3D printer to create a mold that is injected with a special collagen gel that’s full of cow cells that grow to ¬†produce cartilage…more »

Robohand 3D Printed Prosthetic

An open-source project that was started to create prosthetic fingers for five-year old Liam Dippenaar has completed their final working version. Liam was born with Ambiotic Band Syndrome and is missing the fingers on his right hand. For over a year Ivan Owen, from Washington state, and Richard Van As, from South Africa, have collaborated…more »

Richard III 3D Printed Reconstruction

The remains of King Richard III were discovered last year buried beneath a parking lot in the English city of Leicester. ¬†They were buried there 528 years ago after he died during the Battle of Bosworth Field. Last week the remains were confirmed as those of the much maligned King through DNA testing and physical…more »


San Francisco designer Scott Summit has been creating prosthetic leg “fairings” using 3D printers to recreate the leg shape of the user. The technology used in a prosthetic limb has developed over the last few years but they are often modified from “stock” models to fit a person. They are usually designed by engineers and…more »

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