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MakerBot Supports Development of 3D Printed Healthcare Tools

Monday, January 19th, 2015

makerbot_logoHealth Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic stopped by the MakerBot booth at CES 2015 to chat with Director of Public Relations Jenifer Howard about the ways that 3D printing is changing healthcare. She was involved with the “Robohand” project to create a prosthetic hand for someone using MakerBot’s 3D printers.

The Robohand project was initiated by two individuals, one in Seattle, Washington in the USA and the other in South Africa. They collaborated together and in just three days, using their MakerBot 3D printers and online software collaboration tools, were able to come up with a working template to print the parts for a functional 3D printed prosthetic hand.

Jenifer says that MakerBot and the 3D printing industry will continue to innovate with individuals and organizations around the world to create new tools and devices for everyday life. She noted that there are physicians and health care professionals everyday using 3D printers to make unique devices and tools for specific situations that arise in patient care.

Make sure you follow Jamie’s picks and coverage over at HTWeekly.com and the Tech Podcasts Network live CES 2015 coverage over at TPN.tv during the show where our entire CES team will be bringing you the best, the most innovative, and newest tech gadgets to you from the conference! And don’t forget to check out his shows for at NursingShow.comMedicCast.tv, and the brand new Health Tech weekly show at HTWeekly.com.

3D Printing With Fine Detail

Monday, January 28th, 2013

A New Form of Stereo-Lithography for Consumer Use

Formlabs1Formlabs, Inc combines software and a different chemical process and feedstock to create  a novel 3D printer. Targeted at professional end of the market, it is still within range of the serious hobbyist or tech enthusiast, and offers unprecedented resolution for detailed work.

Most 3D printers are based upon a thermoplastic technique – essentially a precision position X-Y-Z glue gun. The layer resolution is typically around a millimeter. This system uses a photopolymer-based process, where a high precision system directs a laser across a tray of liquid resin and causes a thin layer to solidify. This process creates layers that are much thinner, on the order of 25 microns (.025 millimeters) The build platform then rises in preparation for the next layer. After thousands of repetitions, your part is complete with exquisite detail.


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