Posts in category: ‘Healthcare’

How 3D Printing Helps Advance Soft Robotics

Innovations in 3D printing and soft robotics have created structures that are able to grab small objects and perform very precise actions such as carrying water droplets.The advancements in 3D printing seem to happen weekly. Not only can this technology print traditional solid and rigid parts and objects, but it can now also fabricate soft and flexible mesh structures for various uses.

3D printing, as innovative as it is, is actually promoting other innovations as it becomes more complex. It is enabling life science and medicine to advance by giving it a new tool to use in so many different ways.
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How 3D Printing and Nanocellulose are Being Used for Wound Care

In Finland, the VTT Technical Research Center has been developing a complex 3D generated wound care product that will be used for monitoring wound conditions while patients are in the hospital. More specifically, they're using cellulose nanofibrils that have properties that can improve the characteristics of bio-based 3D printing pastes.

Interestingly, the research center is pioneering this nanocellulose synthesis via textile decorative elements that will be used to mock up their production before using them for human wounds.
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How 3D Nanoprinting is Revolutionizing Microcircuit Design

3D nanoprinting is becoming popular as the technology makes inroads into some of the most microscopic venues. Alison Kay, a consultant with Ernst and Young, recently said that we can expect 3D printing to touch nearly every industry, directly or indirectly:

There is the potential for 3D printing to revolutionize the way we make almost anything. This year, I expect it will become faster and cheaper, with new materials that enhance commercial possibilities.

If 3D printing is disruptive, nanoprinting is potentially more disruptive.
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How 3D Printing Provides New Hope for Spinal Cord Patients

Spinal cord injuries are severe. Approximately 300,000 Americans suffer from these injuries, with about 18,000 new occurrences each year. There's often little hope for these patients to regain their mobility and use of their limbs. However, a new technique that helps nerve cells bridge the damage by growing through a scaffolding structure might one day change that. Read the rest of this entry »