3D printing

With increased medical precision, speed of service and reduced cost, 3D printing presents a unique opportunity to transform traditional healthcare and its delivery. We give key insights on an array of topics that includes 3D printing of implants and prosthetics, anatomical modeling for surgical planning and the advances of bioprinting of tissue, vessels and organs.

3D printed smart gel changes shape

3D printed smart gel changes shape

Engineers have created a 3D printed smart gel that changes shape when exposed to light and becomes an "artificial muscle".

A 3D printed microscope for everyone

A 3D printed microscope for everyone

The open-source system from the 3D printer delivers high-resolution images like commercial microscopes at hundreds of times the price.

Researchers create 3D-printed nasal swab for COVID-19 testing

Researchers create 3D-printed nasal swab for COVID-19 testing

Results of the first clinical trial of 3D printed NP swabs for COVID-19 testing are being presented at the annual meeting RSNA.

3D printing strong and tough hydrogels

3D printing strong and tough hydrogels

Skin and cartilage are both strong and flexible – properties that are hard to replicate in artificial materials. But a new fabrication process brings lifelike synthetic polymers a step closer.

Bioprinted heart provides new tool for surgeons

Bioprinted heart provides new tool for surgeons

Surgeons will soon have a powerful new tool for planning and practice with the creation of the first full-sized 3D bioprinted model of the human heart.

Using bacteria as micro-3D printers

Using bacteria as micro-3D printers

Researchers have used bacteria to produce intricately designed three-dimensional objects made of nanocellulose.

3D printing biomedical parts with supersonic speed

3D printing biomedical parts with supersonic speed

Researchers have developed a 3D printing technique that creates cellular metallic materials by smashing together powder particles at supersonic speed.

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3D printed ultra-low-cost hearing aid

Using a device that could be built with a dollar's worth of open-source parts and a 3D-printed case, researchers want to help the hundreds of millions of older people worldwide who can't afford existing hearing aids to address their age-related hearing loss.

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