Showing results tagged with "Research & Development"

Benefits of 3D-Printed Implants

Fried Vancraen
January 16, 2018

What is the added value of 3D-printed implants for the healthcare sector and its patients? And how does it fit into a regulatory framework? This is how Materialise sees it.

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ISTA 2017: Pre-Clinical Virtual Testing and Finite Element Modeling is Gaining Traction with Engineers, Surgeons and Regulators

Sjoerd Kolk
November 21, 2017

The International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA) is one of the leading international conferences about innovation in orthopedics. One of the best aspects about the conference is the mix of orthopedic surgeons, academics and representatives from the industry, who come together for fruitful discussions about new and ongoing topics in arthroplasty. We look back at the highlights and the insights we gained.

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Putting a Price Tag on Your 3D-Printed Hip

Valerie Vervueren
November 09, 2017

In his talk, "Health Economics: 3D is Here, But Can We Afford It Moving Forward?” Philip Tack discussed the cost-effectiveness of medical innovations, more specifically, through a case involving a custom 3D-printed implant for a severe acetabular defect.

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Our 5 Most Read Blog Posts of 2016 to Inspire You

Stephanie Benoit
February 06, 2017

What did 2016 look like for Materialise Medical? Our blog covered our most interesting projects, stories and updates, which covered everything from 3D-printed implants to saving the lives of newborn babies! We’ve taken a look at the favorite blog posts of our readers and here are the results.

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ISTA 2016 Industry Session: a Business Perspective on the Next 10 Years of Innovation in Orthopedics

Sjoerd Kolk
December 15, 2016

With ever increasing cost-pressure and requirements from regulators to show the efficacy of new arthroplasty (joint replacement) devices, the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty has become a more relevant conference than ever before. With a mix of orthopedic surgeons, academics and representatives from the industry, the conference was a great opportunity to have fruitful discussions about new and ongoing topics in arthroplasty. We look back at the highlights and the lessons learned.

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How a Modular Testbed Helps Medical Device Developers

Sandrine Debecker
November 08, 2016

During the development of new medical devices, as well as in scientific research, it is of the highest importance to test and validate results. At the Bio-Inspired TEchnology research group of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, engineer Awaz Ali has designed and developed a new multi-steerable catheter, with snake-like tip motions and complex curves, for complex cardiac interventions. The ability to create such a device with improved maneuverability inside the highly dynamic environment of the heart could allow more complex cardiac procedures to be performed through a transcatheter approach.

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3D-Printed Cardiovascular Models Support the Development of Smart Catheters

Sandrine Debecker
October 27, 2016

Catheter-based interventions are often the therapy of choice when treating the cardiovascular system of fragile and weak patients. Though often much less invasive than alternative treatments, this technique has its own limitations: it risks dislodging plaque or calcium into the circulatory system as well as potentially damaging, rupturing or penetrating the arterial walls. Also, imaging and the extensive use of contrast agent are not without risk.

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Innovative Mitral Valve Treatment with 3D Visualization at Henry Ford

Sandrine Debecker
August 12, 2016

The Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan has long been a pioneer in the use of 3D Printing and 3D visualization to help their patients. One such application of the technology has been with their innovations in Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement (TMVR).

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DJO Optimizes Hip Implant With Image-Based Population Analysis

Sebastian DeBoodt
July 18, 2016

American surgical device company DJO was having challenges prior to the launch of their new implant, the TaperFill™ Hip Stem, a shorter femur stem designed to be inserted through a direct anterior approach hereby sparing the critical posterior soft tissue. The design of the implant proved to be very tricky as it needed to fit closely in the cortical bone to ensure stability. As there was not much room for error, it was difficult to create a design that fit a maximum amount of patients, since every anatomy differs slightly from person to person. DJO optimized the hip with the help of image-based population analysis.

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Could 3D Printing Provide an Alternative to Plaster Casts?

Stephanie Benoit
July 08, 2016

Anyone who has ever had a broken arm, sprained ankle or anything that requires wearing a cast undoubtedly remembers how uncomfortable it was. Sure, it was fun to get everyone’s signature on your arm or leg, but that didn’t make up for the itchiness, the rash and the difficulties involved when taking a shower. A bright team of engineers at Michigan Technological University thought there had to be a better solution, and came up with a lightweight, porous, 3D-printed alternative instead.

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