In a new advancement that could benefit the blind, researchers from the University of Minnesota could successfully 3D print an arrangement of light receptors on a curved plane, which could be the preceding steps to building a ‘bionic eye.'
There is an enormous rise in liver diseases among people in the UK and as a result, it is considered to be the fifth most serious health issue. At the same time, mortality rates also increase due to long-term waiting for liver transplantation.
One such a research team is from Newcastle University where they have invented a 3D bioprint cornea, in order to control and focus the entry of light into the eye. By using a simple 3D bio-printer, the team united healthy corneal stem cells using hydration and alginate to produce ’bio-ink’. It is a simple solution used to replicate a human embryo form within 10 minutes.
A startup company called Nanochon secure 1st place at the 3DHEALS conference this year after delivering its pitch to a group of investors including Asimov Ventures, GE Ventures, Digital Industrialist.
A research team from the University of Toronto has designed a cost-effective 3D-handheld skin printer which can heal deep wounds in a matter of minutes, by evenly printing out skin layers on top of them.
Every year, 3D printing offers more and more promise in the healthcare field. And while the ultimate goal of printing whole complex organs for transplants may still be decades away, 3D printing is helping to save and improve lives in ways - and in places - never imagined just a few years ago.
Oxford Performance Materials, a company whose materials have been used in everything from medical implants to Boeing airplanes, has been given the green light to distribute its 3D printed medical devices in Japan, paving the way for major expansion within Asia.
The global market for 3D printing of medical devices is estimated to touch $2.77 billion by 2015, according to a new study by market research and investment information firm Profshare Market Research.
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