Researchers at the University of Kragujevac have proposed a new, non-invasive 3D methodology to assess scoliosis, in which spine measurements can be performed by limiting radiation exposure and human intervention.
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.
It is a sad day indeed when the happy tidings of a newborn baby are followed by the diagnosis of a serious congenital heart disease. Stephanie Starks had to face this situation 2,5 years ago after giving birth to her third daughter, Jemma. Although the disease was not recognized at first, little Jemma underwent two open-heart surgeries in the following 10 days and started treatment which she would need to continue for the rest of her life. Less than three years later, Jemma is now preparing for her fourth serious surgery.
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.
In an effort to eliminate the risks for patients related to cardiovascular procedures, researchers from Duke University in North Carolina have joined the accuracy of 3D Printing technology with the power of a supercomputer. They created and tested a high-quality and realistic simulation of the human body’s blood flow.
3-year-old Ivy was born with a complex congenital heart disease (CHD), and diagnosed with absent pulmonary valve syndrome and Tetralogy of Fallot. When she was 6 months old, the girl underwent an operation to repair these conditions, which were causing her pulmonary arteries to dilate out of proportion and compressing her airways. The surgeon at the time carried out the LeCompte Maneuver during the repair, which involves the re-plumbing of the pulmonary arteries anterior to the aorta to relieve pressure on the patient’s lungs. A conduit was positioned between the right ventricle and the pulmonary arteries.
Every day, 3D printing consumer service bureaus like i.materialise receive thousands of orders from 3D printing enthusiasts. About one in five of those orders has to be canceled because the 3D model provided has incorrect wall thicknesses. What do you do if your customers send you a file that’s doomed to fail? We know it’s a popular problem, because when we launched our file-fixing wizard 3DPrintCloud as an API this summer, we asked you which tools you would like most to see on the platform. And the answer was, overwhelmingly: the Wall Thickness Analyzer. By offering it on our 3DPrintCloud API, we’re giving you the opportunity to save your customers from model-break (and heart-ache) too. Materialise has 25 years’ worth of 3D printing software expertise, and 3DPrintCloud is your cloud access to it.
How is 3D Printing going to change the world of fashion? We asked New York-based fashion collective threeASFOUR, who recently won the prestigious Fashion Design Award by the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. “In a way similar to how Lycra entered the fashion industry in the ’80s, radically evolving how clothes were made and how garments behave,” says Gabi Asfour, one-third of the threeASFOUR trio. “3D Printing is going to take the industry multiple steps ahead in terms of form and function.” That’s also aptly close to how we feel about threeASFOUR, looking at their innovations since they began collaborating with Materialise early into their 3D modeling departure.
Sofia, a 12-year-old in San Diego, had conflicting feelings about 3D printers. On the one hand, they were fascinating – on the other, the software seemed discouragingly complicated. 3D Printing looked like it was about to lose a potential fan. Meanwhile, the Washington State University in the US had 3D printers available for its students to use. But with lots of students printing for class projects, that resulted in queues of alternating frustration and disappointment, when people had to wait for their turn and then find that not all their designs printed as intended. 3D Printing looked like it was about to lose even more fans. But then two different apps helped both Sofia and the university overcome their troubles and keep the 3D printing community growing. How? Meet AstroPrint and Skyforge, two of the biggest champions of inclusiveness in the 3D printing world! And here’s how they’re taking 3DPrintCloud tools to their users, enabling Sofia to fix her designs and make them printable with a single application.