Approximately 9 in every 1,000 babies are born with a congenital heart defect (CDH) making heart defects the most common birth defect. That is just one reason why each year Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) hosts a gala to raise awareness and research money for this disease. This long-standing event attracts more than 400 medical and community leaders and their families in the tri-state area. Proceeds fund innovative research by Columbia University physicians that benefits pediatric cardiology patients locally and around the world.
Nearly every week there’s a story in the news about how 3D Printing is revolutionizing personalized health care. 3D software and models can be used to explain a patient’s condition to families, assist in diagnosing complex pathologies, review surgical planning and even test a procedure before physicians enter the operating room. Four-year-old Adaenelie Gonzalez, sixteen-year-old Bradley White, and others have all been helped thanks to this novel technology.
With medical technology advancing at such a rapid rate, it’s important to make sure that medical professionals learn and stay up-to-date on all the new techniques that are available. That is why, joining the PCR's initiative, the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) worked hard on illustrating the TAVI procedure as part of the PCR Valve Atlas, a useful reference and training tool for interventionists, surgeons and medical professionals. They contacted Materialise to create 3D-printed models to use for demonstrating the procedure.
One of the worst ways to spend a vacation is in an emergency room. Especially after surviving a 35-foot fall, breaking all four limbs and, worst of all, shattering your face. This is exactly what happened to 27-year old Jon Fenton when he was vacationing in Barcelona and fell face first off of his four-story high hotel balcony.
What’s the next “step” in 3D Printing? You don’t have to be a 3D Printing fanatic to see that tailored 3D printed products have become more common as the cost has diminished and the software has advanced. This environment has enabled our latest endeavor, RSPrint, which we founded together with RSscan (RS stands for Runner Service). Together, some of us at Materialise have worked with Jempi Wilssens, founder of RSscan, and his colleagues to develop 3D printed insoles, based on dynamic measurement footscans and customized to support your distinct gait.