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Panel: Industry, Regulatory Barriers May Hold Back Medical 3D Printing

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Industry and regulatory inertia may hold back widespread adoption of medical 3D printing, panel members at the Rapid Canada conference said today. Full Article

How Medtronic in Mexico Ran (Nitinol) Rings around Competitors

Senior Editor Michael Anderson


In his WESTEC Keynote, Medtronic VP Mexico Operations Gerardo de la Concha described how a uniquely empowered task force was able to develop an endovascular Nitinol ring at a fraction of the old cost. Full Article

Michelin Group and Fives Join Forces To Become a Major Metal 3D Printing Player



Michelin and Fives today announced the creation of a joint venture aimed at developing and marketing industrial machines and production shops on a global scale via metal additive manufacturing technology commonly known as metal 3D printing. Full Article

3D Printing Orthotic and Prosthetic Devices

Arif Sirinterlikci and Isaac Swink, Department of Engineering, Robert Morris University


3D printing has become the medium of the new technological revolution as its applications diversify from printing food to weapons, from clothing to industrial products. It is also finding more uses in the medical space, including Orthotics and Prosthetics (O&P). According to Constantinos Mavroidis, director of the Biomedical Mechatronics Laboratory at Northeastern University (Boston), for 3D printing to be used on a greater scale in O&P, development and manufacturing times and their associated costs need to be reduced. Full Article

3D Printing Adds the Fourth Dimension (Time)

Lauralyn McDaniel, SME Industry Manager, Medical Manager: Innovation Watch, SME Technology Interchange, Medical Manufacturing Innovations


Designing and printing a device to change over time—4D printing—helped the University of Michigan’s CS Mott Children’s Hospital save three very young lives. Born with tracheobronchimalacia (TBM), which causes the windpipe to collapse and prevent breathing, all three faced what could have been a short, difficult life. Using a combination of medical and engineering skills, the Michigan team built a splint that would hold the airway open, prevent outside compression of the airway, and bend and change as the child grew. Full Article

Materialise Believes X-rays Mark the Spot When it Comes to Improving Knee Replacement Guides

Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff


Materialise (Leuven, Belgium) is out to democratize the patient-specific 3D printed guides that orthopedic surgeons use in the operating room when doing knee replacements. Currently, the only patients who can get a guide are those who’ve had a CT or MRI scan of their arthritic knee. That’s because the US Food and Drug Administration only allows use of those imaging technologies as the basis for making the patient-specific guides. Full Article

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