We’re kicking off today’s 3D Printing News Briefs with some 3D printing healthcare news, followed by a little business and then some unique 3D printed objects. A new collaborative Printing for Healthcare competition just kicked off, and both RTI Surgical and Stryker are introducing new 3D printed products and technology, while Yissum announces a platform for personalized, 3D printed food. Shining 3D and Verisurf are partnering up to launch a full reverse engineering solution, along with a limited time promotion for the solution. A YouTube star attempts to break a record by creating the largest 3D printed statue, and Aectual is 3D printing a floor for an airport in Amsterdam.
New Printing for Healthcare Competition
A new competition is being launched, called Print for Healthcare, by the University of Windsor, St. Clair College, and TechTown Detroit. The concept involves presenting students with a problem, along with technology skills like 3D printing that they can use to solve the problem. There are at least 60 students registered for the competition so far, and registration continues on the EPICentre website until November 1st. Student teams will work together to develop a product or solution that addresses an issue, which they will then present at the EPICentre showcase in January. Three prizes will be awarded, which include mentorship, cash, incubator space, and connections to local healthcare officials. University of Windsor engineering student Andre Khayat calls the concept a “game changer,” and is working to develop a product for the competition that can train nurses on chest drainage.
“It must be nerve-wracking sticking a needle in someone's chest. We're trying to use 3D printing to develop something for nurses and residents to train on doing the procedure,” Khayat said.
RTI Surgical Introduces TETRAfuse 3D Technology
Global surgical implant company RTI Surgical is introducing its TETRAfuse 3D Technology, which, according to the company, is the first 3D printed polymer implant material with trabecular bone in-growth and radiolucency designed to participate in fusion. TETRAfuse is an interbody material for the fusion process, and makes it so surgeons no longer have to choose between radiolucent imaging, mechanical strength, or bone in-growth when picking a spinal interbody implant. By combining these three features, TETRAfuse offers the advantages of titanium and allograft bone, along with the surgical benefits of PEEK material – the 3D printing process actually creates a nano-rough surface over the entire implant, allowing for deeper osseointegration.
Camille Farhat, the CEO of RTI, said, “We are excited about the promise this cutting-edge technology holds for our surgeon customers and their patients. Being the first to offer surgeons a 3D printed interbody polymer optimized to participate in fusion marks another significant milestone for RTI in our quest to continuously deliver relevant and innovative products without compromise.”
Stryker Spinal Division Launching New 3D Printed Interbody Fusion Cage
Tritanium C Anterior Cervical Cage
Last month, Stryker’s spinal division received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Tritanium C Anterior Cervical Cage, a 3D printed interbody fusion cage for the cervical spine. This week, the company will formally introduce the latest addition to its Tritanium product line at the North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Stryker’s Spine division will showcase the cervical cage at Booth #500, and will also present an abstract, titled “Evaluation of Bony Fusion with Tritanium PL Used in Mini-Open Approach to Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion,” during Thursday afternoon’s Innovative Technology Presentations.
“After the terrific feedback and success we've seen with the Tritanium PL Posterior Lumbar cage, we are excited to introduce the Tritanium C Anterior Cervical Cage to spine surgeons this year at NASS. Tritanium Cages feature '˜precisely randomized' pore formations, in contrast to other technologies with longitudinal channels and traverse windows that result in a uniform structure, as well as cages that offer porosity only on the surface,” said Bradley Paddock, President of Stryker's Spine division. “As a result, Tritanium implants are designed to become '˜one with bone’.”
Yissum Announces 3D Printed Food Platform
This week, Yissum, the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, introduced a novel technology platform for 3D printing
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