Uniting clinicians, academics and device manufacturers from around the world What brings together leading medical device manufacturers, academics, and clinicians from around the world? The answer was clear in Tampa this past week at the Mimics Innovation Conference: a passion for creating a better and healthier world.
An interesting application of 3D Printing & visualization software is disease modeling. For example, the development of aortic aneurysms, life-threatening dilations of the aorta, is affected by a wide range of environmental and genetic factors. Therefore, aortic aneurysms are difficult to study clinically and experimentally. A team of researchers at the University of Rochester, New York, including Dr. Ankur Chandra, Associate Professor of surgery and biomedical engineering and a practicing vascular surgeon himself, took the challenge.
How ancient is the act of murder? Thanks to a recently-discovered skull in Spain, we know it’s at least 430,000 years old. Materialise software Mimics Innovation Suite, used by researchers at the Centro Mixto UCM-ISCIII de Evolución y Comportamiento Humanos, is helping uncover one of the oldest crime mysteries in human history: what killed the young adult now known to us as specimen Cr-17?
Ever been fascinated by hagfish slime? No? You should be. This extraordinary goop can leave aquatic predators fumbling to detach themselves while the slippery hagfish makes a getaway, and also contains protein threads of remarkable strength comparable to that of spider silks. With those material properties, the substance could help develop a sustainable resource that could save our ecosystem: and our software program Mimics is helping researchers find out how the humble hagfish produces such a super-material on short notice.
When you look at a shark’s jaw, there doesn't seem to be any obvious similarities to that of our own. However, scientists at the American Museum of Natural History, who recently published their findings in the journal Nature, found that ancient sharks and other early cartilaginous and bony fish have more to tell us about the early evolution of jawed vertebrates – including humans – than modern sharks do.
National Geographic’s yellow portrait frame is one of the most iconic logos around. The yellow frame surrounds some of the most amazing images possible to capture with a camera, with high-quality, beautiful photos that reveal the world around us and beyond. For this reason, many of us have grown up surrounded by stacks of National Geographic magazines, either at home or at the houses of family and friends, for generations. This is not just a magazine, it is part of our collective experience and memory.
When someone is in a car accident, one of the major concerns is that the person has whiplash from the intense shock and vibrations from the impact. Scientists and engineers have been working on understanding this phenomenon so they can design structures and devices to protect the human body. When they turned to nature, they found that there are examples all around them of how animals have created their own anti-shock mechanisms, and were very impressed by none other than the woodpecker.
What can you do with the Mimics Innovation Suite? What are some of the ways that engineers, clinicians, surgeons, researchers, and others use this software around the world? On October 20th and 21st we asked these questions to our guests at the 2014 Mimics Innovation Conference.
What do mummies and cheetahs have in common? Other than being typical Halloween costumes, both have been scanned and made into 3D-printed models at the Field Museum in Chicago using Materialise’s Mimics software.