Scientists at Princeton University have used ordinary 3D printers to create a "bionic ear" that possesses the ability to hear frequencies well outside those perceived by human hearing...
As the general population ages, hundreds of people get their hips replaced every day. Most of the replacement hips being used today are made out of Titanium and ceramic. But, for a while, replacement hips were using a controversial metal on metal design that is now a cause for concern, because of higher failure rates.
Scientific advances in the medical field involving 3D printing have been coming fast and furious. A few weeks ago, doctors in Britain revealed that they used a 3D printer to create a prosthetic face for a cancer patient whose features had been ravaged by an aggressive tumor.
Now there is word of another breakthrough involving a team of researchers at Oxford University that used a custom-built programmable 3D printer to create materials with several of the properties of living tissues.
Massachusetts-based Lantos Technologies has announced clearance from the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to market the Lantos 3D Ear Scanning System. Initially developed in the laboratories of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the system streamlines the process of obtaining ear topology measurements for custom-fit in ear devices.
Stratasys has announced the Objet30 OrthoDesk 3D printer, specially designed for small to medium-sized labs and clinics. Described as affordable and simple-to-use, it enables orthodontists to easily create accurate, smooth, orthodontic models.