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.
A new study led by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History shows that living sharks are actually quite advanced in evolutionary terms, despite having retained their basic “sharkiness” over millions of years. This new study is based on an extremely well-preserved shark fossil named Ozarcus mapesae and a 3D reconstruction of it. The research was published in the journal Nature.
The Akkuschrauberrennen has been held at the HAWK Hochschule in Hildesheim for the past nine years. The concept is simple: each team needs to construct a vehicle that can carry at least one person, and which is powered by an electric screwdriver. The Hochschule of Emden-Leer also enters their very own team in each edition, and has managed to win the “speed” category quite a few times since they first joined in 2009. This year, the organizers of the Akkuschrauberrennen spiced things up a little by decreeing that at least 50cm of the vehicle had to be 3D printed – as well as being sustainable and organic in design.
Monika Januszkiewicz is a fashion student in her final year of Fashion and Textile Buying Management at the University of Huddersfield. To complete her degree, she needed to create a final project on a topic of her own choosing, which would not only push her own boundaries and knowledge, but that would also sufficiently impress her teachers for her to pass the course.
Since 2005, Materialise has put the spotlight on researchers and their groundbreaking work. This is done every year through the Mimics Innovation Awards. The competition recognizes the industry’s most original and important achievements within Medical 3D printing. Learn more about the Mimics Innovation Awards 2015 winners.
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.
Two-year old British Mina Khan was born with a complex hole between her ventricles (VSD). This life-threatening congenital defect exhausted her. Pumping blood around the hole took up all her energy, leaving her breathless, unable to eat or put on weight — even her hair wouldn’t grow. Doctors feared the hole was too big to repair, especially in the tiny, delicate heart of a toddler. Even for experienced pediatric surgeons, this would be a very risky operation.
Opening on the 21st of July – Belgium’s National Day – BELvue Museum is launching its new permanent exhibition, which celebrates nearly two centuries of Belgian accomplishments in history, design and innovation. Visitors will be able to follow the history of Belgium, which will be illustrated by plenty of unique artefacts including Val-Saint-Lambert crystal, the motorcycle of King Albert II, a football signed by the Red Devils and most excitingly for us, two objects printed in 3D by Materialise!
It seems that murder has been around for a long time. Researchers at the Centro Mixto UCM-ISCIII de Evolución y Comportamiento Humanos in Spain have investigated the earliest evidence of lethal interpersonal violence in the hominin fossil record with the help of 3D analysis. The interesting findings shed a light on human social relations over 435.000 years ago.
Dr. Christoph Vernaleken is a German physicist with a doctorate in engineering, and he has been fascinated by airplanes his whole life. He is particularly passionate about historic warplanes, after his father took him to visit the Deutsches Museum in Munich, the world’s largest museum of science and technology.
Although his interest for airplanes has been in evidence throughout his career – Dr. Vernaleken worked in aviation safety and flight deck research at TU Darmstadt, before joining Airbus Defense and Space in 2008 – his passion project for the last 23 years has been recreating the cockpit of the rare Junkers Ju 388 L warplane.