Five thousand years after he was murdered on a Tyrolean Alpine peak, Ötzi rose from liquid resin on a Mammoth stereolithography 3D printer at Materialise — or rather, his 3D-printed twin did. An interdisciplinary team, comprising scientists, archeologists and historians, turned to Materialise to create the first 3D-printed replica of Ötzi’s mummified body in aid of research. Watch the whole process of 3D printing a mummy here!
We had the opportunity here at Materialise Malaysia to start off 2016 by living up to the Materialise motto: working towards a better and healthier world. With the help of some talented and generous people, I was able to make a real difference in a wonderful little boy’s life, with a 3D-printed hand. But between the original inspiration to do this, and the final, happy, day when Padmaloshn tried on his new hand for the first time, lay months of dedicated effort by various people. This is how we created Padmaloshn’s new 3D-printed hand.
A 47-year-old woman in West Palm Beach, Florida, needed to undergo a nephrectomy to remove a renal mass. The urologist working on her case requested a 3D-printed model of the patient’s kidney to better understand the mass anatomy with respect to the renal hilum.
What do you think of when you hear “technology-driven professional”? ‘Surgeon’ should be on the top of that list, according to Dr. Nazimi from the UKM Medical Centre (UKMMC). He felt this, especially when Sharifah was referred to him after a severe accident. Her body was broken in 7 different regions and she had to undergo several major operations.
19-year-old Krishna from Kochi, India, wasn’t like most teenagers: with a passion for innovation, he had assembled his own 3D printer from a DIY kit. Also unlike most teenagers, Krishna wasn’t able to attend high school. Suffering from a complex congenital heart disease his whole life, Krishna’s frequent attacks of breathlessness kept him away from most normal activities for others of his age, and the problems only kept getting worse with time.
Thanks to major efforts from the Patient and Family Alumni Leadership fundraising group (PALs), Phoenix Children’s Hospital is now 3D printing models for patients as a souvenir of their troublesome medical past, either to cherish as a memento or destroy as a way of coping.
The next stop of our speaker spotlight series brings us to the Mimics® Innovation Summit. No less than 45 biomedical experts will be presenting in 5 tracks, covering the latest advancements in 3D visualization and printing for research and hospital communities.
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to attend a Materialise seminar about 3D Printing in hospitals near Munich. Drawing a crowd from various medical disciplines, including radiologists, cardiovascular and cranio-maxillofacial surgeons, hospital management, researchers, professors, and so on, the beautiful location with an amazing view over the Starnberger Lake helped make people feel at ease.