Rapid technology and 3D data capture are inspiring a new world of medical innovations from orthopedic implants to biomaterials used in tissue engineering. Part of the award-winning Manufacturing Insights video series, Medical Applications of Rapid Prototyping takes you inside the medical industry to examine how rapid prototyping is being used to reconstruct anatomy, build parts and rebuild lives.
First we take you inside Biomet in Warsaw, Ind., where they demonstrate how CT and MRI scans are converted into rapid prototyping models for the purpose of creating custom implants specifically matched to the patients' own anatomical data.
Next, Direct Dimensions in Baltimore shows how 3-D scanning technology and rapid prototyping are used to produce aesthetic prosthetics. You'll also meet the surgeons, medical illustrators and modelers from Johns Hopkins University who give these prosthetics their realistic look.
The program closes with a visit to the Medical University of South Carolina, where they're using additive fabrication with living cells and advanced biomaterials to produce pioneering innovations in tissue engineering.
Scripted by noted medical device designer Ted Kucklick, Medical Applications of Rapid Prototyping is the perfect program for any engineer, rapid prototyping provider or medical practitioner looking for an exclusive insider's look at the life-enhancing applications of this technology.
By Philip D Rufe
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