Pushing 3D Printing Forward

Researchers and students have demonstrated that inks can be used instead of thermoplastic filaments to 3D print functional biomedical devices. Michael McAlpine, Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, described such advances in the ESC Minneapolis keynote, “3D Printing Functional Materials &Devices.” A lot of the inks McAlpine’s group uses are nanometer-scale particle inks printed at a line-width scale of 10 microns and above for printing devices at the macro level. They have developed software as well as a high-precision robotic stage whose motion is coordinated with dispensing. Multiple inks, in a variety of viscosities, have been 3D printed on the same platform. Among the breakthroughs McAlpine described are 3D-printed patient-specific organ models, 3D-printed sensors and LEDs, and 3D-printed neural regeneration devices for peripheral and central nerve repair. Organ models have been used to aid doctors and educate patients before surgery, but those made of hard plastic or rubber-like materials have had some limitations. After a request for a prostate model that “felt like a prostate,” McAlpine’s group set out to 3D-print patient-specific models based on MRI scans using customizable soft inks. Silicone is typically difficult to print with a typical 3D printer, he said, but for use on the team’...
Source: MDDI - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: MD & M Minneapolis 3-D Printing Source Type: news

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Source: Journal of Vascular Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research
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Source: Clinical Biomechanics - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Clinical Biomechanics - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
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Source: Neuroscience Letters - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
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Source: Neurochemical Research - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Neurochem Res Source Type: research
Objective The aims of the study were to evaluate the influence of level of spinal cord injury (SCI) on caloric intake relative to total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) and body composition, and to develop a SCI–specific correction factor for the TDEE estimation. Design Individuals with paraplegia (PARA, n = 28) and tetraplegia (TETRA, n = 13) were analyzed. Daily caloric intake, basal metabolic rate, and TDEE were obtained using dietary recall, indirect calorimetry, and prediction equations, respectively. Caloric intake and TDEE were adjusted to bodyweight. Body composition was assessed using dual-energy x-ray a...
Source: American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Research Articles: CME Article . 2019 Series . Number 11 Source Type: research
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