Personalized Medicine

  • XFeet, a manufacturer of custom foot orthotics, has adopted HP Multi Jet Fusion 5200 technology to produce its insoles and accelerate the growth of the digital transition of the podiatry sector in France. XFeet insoles are printed using bio-sourced PA11 thermoplastic polymer (Rilsan by Arkema), which has stable mechanical properties…

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  • Neutrogena Global Marketing Director Logan McGill has revealed that the long-awaited 3D printed sheet mask, MaskiD, is taking one step closer to launch and that it is now entering a beta test phase. According to the WWD website, Neutrogena will draw on social media for participants — specifically the “A…

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  • Hand forming in a vat of translucent yellow goo.

    It looks like science fiction: a machine dips into a shallow vat of translucent yellow goo and pulls out what becomes a life-sized hand. But the seven-second video, which is sped-up from 19 minutes, is real. The hand, which would take six hours to create using conventional 3D printing methods,…

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  • Atol les Opticiens, a French optical company, is additively manufacturing glasses with HP’s multi jet fusion technology to provide cost-effective options for dyslexic children. The Lexilens smart glasses bring two trends together: the development of connected solutions designed to improve the lives of people with learning difficulties; and technical advances…

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  • 3D bioprinted trachea using CollPlant Biotechnologies’s BioInk, courtesy of United Therapeutics and 3D systems

    CollPlant Biotechnologies released a letter from its Chief Executive Officer, Yehiel Tal, to its shareholders. The letter summarizes a strong year for the company and its shareholders, which has benefitted from the uptick in 3D printing research and interest throughout 2020 to position itself for an even stronger 2021. The letter…

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  • The printing process for the bottleneck elastomers.

    Two postdoctoral researchers at UC Santa Barbara, Renxuan Xie and Sanjoy Mukherjee, developed the first 3D-printable “bottlebrush” elastomer. The new material results in printed objects that have unusual softness and elasticity that closely resemble those of human tissue. The researchers’ findings were published in the journal Science Advances. These polymers…

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  • During a preparation period of 14 months, Materialise clinical engineers formed a cohesive team alongside NYU Langone surgeons, rehearsing the operation in a lab environment to develop and fine-tune the surgical plan.

    Materialise‘s 3D technologies played a crucial role in the world’s first successful simultaneous double hand and face transplant. The operations was performed at NYU Langone Health in Manhattan, NY. Materialise’s innovative 3D planning and printing tools enable the speed and accuracy required for such a complex medical procedure. 3D printed personalized…

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  • Thrive Orthopedics, a distribution enterprise founded in 2017, debuted its very own product line with 3D printed orthoses called the Balance 3D+ Brace, an ankle-foot orthoses (AFO). The brace reduces postural sway and increases postural stability. This relative newcomer to the AM scene has created an orthotic that lines the…

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  • An example of Candid's clear aligners and the scanning kit used to customize them.

    3D-printed orthodontics have come a long way in the past three years, and Carbon and Candid’s new  partnership to produce models for clear aligners that straighten teeth is grist for this mill. Carbon’s L1 printers and DLS process allow Candid to introduce Candid Pro, its “orthodontics-as-a-service” doctor-driven clear aligner therapy.…

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  • Once thought destined mainly for prototyping, additive manufacturing is now increasingly employed in the development of spare parts, small series production and tooling in forward-thinking manufacturing industries such as aerospace, electronics, automotive and medical devices. Among industries at the forefront of innovative manufacturing, the medical sector has emerged as a…

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