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3D Printing Reshapes Healthcare
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David F. Carr
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2/20/2014 | 12:32:32 PM
Love the skull
Good to know spare body parts are available to order.
Alison_Diana
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2/20/2014 | 2:30:46 PM
Re: Love the skull
I wonder how long it'll be before plastic surgeons print out 'better' noses or chins on-demand?! 
Susan Fourtané
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2/21/2014 | 6:44:25 AM
Re: Love the skull
David, 

In the future, you will be able to have a complete spare set of organs available for you in case of needing a transplant. If they are 3D printed using your own cells there is no risk of your body rejecting them. 

-Susan
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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2/21/2014 | 11:37:34 AM
Re: Love the skull
I do prefer that to the Larry Niven future in which bootleg organs harvested from the living become a core criminal enterprise and convicts get carved up for their spare parts.
Susan Fourtané
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2/23/2014 | 4:33:33 AM
3D-printed heart
David, 

This is no science fiction. :) 

"A team of cardiovascular scientists has announced it will be able to 3D print a whole heart from the recipients' own cells within a decade.

Bioprinting is advancing quite fast. There is a special bioprinter under construction for this, and it will be able to print a heart in three hours. Isn't it fascinating?

-Susan  
Alison_Diana
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2/21/2014 | 12:10:36 PM
Re: Love the skull
There is such a dearth of organs for transplant that researchers hope 3D printing could one day replace the need for the whole concept of the transplant waiting list.That woudl be fantastic.
Marilyn Cohodas
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2/21/2014 | 4:47:42 PM
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This is a remarkable slide show. I had no idea that 3D printing was so sophisticated and that healthcare is doing such remarkable things with it! 
Alison_Diana
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2/21/2014 | 4:58:52 PM
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Healthcare is one of the three leaders in 3D printing. In the next 10 years, it's going to be even more exciting, based on what the experts in this area are saying. It truly is amazing what researchers and doctors are doing in their labs and surgery theaters around the world. One of my favorites is the three-year-old back surgery. It happened such a long time ago, in tech years, and the gentleman is apparently going strong after his innovative operation.
Marilyn Cohodas
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2/21/2014 | 5:03:16 PM
Re: Love the skull
Thanks, Alison. Is there any research being done tying sensor and 3D printing. That seems like it would open up a lot of possibilities.
Alison_Diana
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2/21/2014 | 5:12:59 PM
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Wake Forest is one of the leaders. It has a partnership with the US Army and some other organizations. It's trying, for example, to print skin directly onto the body to help burn and battle-injured victims. I believe they are experimenting with sensors, as are some of the other leading universities and bio tech firms, formed specifically to focus on this area. 
Kristin Burnham
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3/5/2014 | 9:00:34 PM
Re: Love the skull
Healthcare is such a natural fit for 3D printing, and the uses are incredible. Looking forward to watching this industry grow.
Susan Fourtané
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2/23/2014 | 5:02:25 AM
Re: Love the skull
Alison, 

It's a matter of time. Organ transplants depending on organ donors will one day be thing of the past. And with it, many other doors will open to improve health condition and life expectansy.

-Susan 
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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2/20/2014 | 4:25:05 PM
Make sure you read to the end: last picture is priceless
The concept of printing braces for children with muscular/skeletal disorders, resizing as they grow, is brilliant.
LincolnH4wk
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2/21/2014 | 5:57:25 PM
Bladder research
What I don't understand is why Wake Forest does not produce more bladders if it already worked 10 years ago. This is intolerable if you look at the patients who desperately need it.
3DPrintWise
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2/23/2014 | 6:21:44 PM
Where next for 3D printing in medicine
Without doubt one of the most important areas where 3D printing can make a contributution is in medicine. And it is not just about the potnetial of making 3D printed organs. In the not too distant future techniques will be available to do 3D printing directly on a patient. Expereiments have already begun on repairing minor wounds. In other words repair to organs and tissue where an additive process is needed. For our part, we don't perceive a market place in medicine like 3DPrintWise but on the other hand why not. Cosmetic surgery for example is big business and a market could well develop. The mind starts to boggle.
telescoper
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2/25/2014 | 7:19:50 AM
3D Bioprinting
There is a team at Swansea University in Wales - UK, who are using this process to make arteries and tracheal tissue, watch the video here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqSPIYssdwE
Alison_Diana
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3/3/2014 | 5:26:55 PM
Re: 3D Bioprinting
That is amazing. These doctors and researchers are doing an incredible job of saving lives and giving hope where once there was none. Imagine what it will be like in another decade.
MikeC507
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5/21/2014 | 8:08:14 PM
3D printing technologies in medicine
There is a really interesting topic. It is amazing how new technologies such as 3d printing/bioprinting can help people to fight deceases. You may find several articles related to this topic at 3DPrintingFromScratch.com
Alison_Diana
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5/22/2014 | 8:51:14 AM
Re: 3D printing technologies in medicine
Thanks for the additional link, @Mike. I tell you, every week it seems you'll find a new article about different ways in which researchers or doctors are using 3D printing for healthcare. I can only imagine where we'll be in another 12 to 24 months as materials (the actual "ink" used to generate organs, blood, etc.) improve. Very, very exciting.


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