Today we read stories all the time about the insights that clinicians can gain from 3D-printed heart models, and the way they contribute to a successful treatment outcome and improved patient care. In this blog post we wanted to take a look at the early days of cardiac 3D Printing, and one of the first applications where the technology proved its value.
This week, we hosted a roomful of 3D printing professionals, academics and enthusiasts in Essen, Germany. Against the dramatic backdrop of an old coal quarry, we organized a 3DP Academy and a conference to discuss the questions that come up frequently among 3D printing adopters today. How do you implement Additive Manufacturing in your company? What kind of time-and-cost savings can be achieved by switching your production to 3D-printed spare parts? And how can you use 3D Printing to produce “better” parts? With speakers from Daimler, Deutsche Bahn, Lufthansa and Siemens among others, we got some great insights into how major players in diverse sectors are adopting Additive Manufacturing into their operations today.
Materialise Mimics has often made a difference in the lives of hospital patients. But it isn’t only doctors and surgeons who are implementing our technology in beneficial ways – Dr. Stephen Brusatte at the University of Edinburgh is using 3D visualization to analyze dinosaur fossils -such as Tyrannosaurus-, which enables him to learn more about how evolution works over widespread timescales.
Dr. Stephen Brusatte doesn’t use Materialise Mimics to study the human body – he uses it to improve his understanding of dinosaur fossils. As the leader of the Vertebrate Paleontology Research Group at the University of Edinburgh, Dr. Brusatte is fascinated by one dinosaur species in particular: the Tyrannosaurus rex, infamous king of the dinosaurs and terrifying predator.
When people think of 3D-printed fashion, they undoubtedly think of the stunning runway creations by designers such as Iris van Herpen and threeASFOUR. But while those designs might be impressive feats of integrating technology with fashion, you can hardly wear them while nipping down to the shops for some groceries.
Dixie Dansercoer’s job is one that most people can only dream of: he is a polar explorer, and after conducting several record-breaking expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic, he now guides small groups of intrepid travelers around the Polar Regions. Eyewear is all-important in the harsh environments Dixie frequents, but due to his high nose bridge, conventional sunglasses often left a fatal gap between his face and the frame of the sunglasses. Materialise and SEIKO Optical, together with Hoet Design Studio, recently partnered up to create the award-winning Xchanger sports eyewear: a completely customizable, 3D-printed range of sunglasses, which was the perfect solution to Dixie’s problems in finding eyewear to fit his needs. We took the opportunity to speak to him about his experiences with the Xchanger sunglasses during one of his rare visits to his home in Belgium.
Patients suffering from Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) can benefit from the insights a 3D-printed model is able to provide their clinicians. Tangible models help the medical team to visualize and understand the complex anatomy of the patient’s heart. A first step in the process of creating a patient-specific model is segmenting the medical images. Dr. Nicholas Byrne et al. from Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in the UK examined the range of several cardiovascular segmentation processes and how much time each of these methods takes. The findings of this first systematic review are published in the JRSM Cardiovascular Disease journal.
Every year the experts in transcatheter heart valves therapies come together in London to share the latest developments in the field at the London Valves conference. This year’s edition showed more novelties and had more attendees than ever before. Our team was happy to meet all the stakeholders from industry and physicians that are using Materialise Mimics today in their research of new technologies and planning of novel cases. We look back at the highlights and the lessons learned.
It’s been a wild trip for our Metal Tour, as we’ve gone from Sheffield in the UK all the way through Europe to Lyon, France. The first stop was in March, and the tour has been held in different locations throughout the summer months.