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European Medical Device Technology, Spring 2014

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emdt.co.uk European Medical Device Technology Spring 2014 | 21 using a 3-D printer. Using scans to assess how much bone would be removed, the team created a custom implant by 3-D printing layers of titanium powder joined by a laser. The titanium pelvis was then coated with a mineral to promote bone in-growth; a conventonal hip replacement was then affixed to the implant. 3-D Printing Prostheses for Victims of War-Torn Areas Sadly, the demand for artificial limbs is high in war-ridden Sudan. To address this need, the Not Impossible Founda- tion has set up a 3-D printing lab in the Nuba mountains of the country to pro- duce prostheses with the limited resources available. According to Plastics Today, the crowd-funded project was started by Mick Ebeling to improve the living conditions of patients like Daniel, who was able to eat by himself for the first time in two years after he received two artificial arms. The project has trained locals to use the technologies after the team leaves the area. 3-D Printing a Smartphone Stethoscope According to the Makerbot blog, Suman Mulumudi, a 15-year-old from Seattle, started the company Stratoscientific with his cardiologist father. The teenager devel- oped and printed a smartphone case that converts a phone into a stethoscope. The device gathers the low-frequency sounds of the heartbeat and sends them to the microphone of the mobile phone. The associated app then processes the data and sends it via Internet to a doctor for evaluation. The patent for the technology is pending, and the Mulumudis may seek FDA approval. 3-D Printing Data Sharing More than many other manufacturing technologies, 3-D printing relies on data. In order to print an object, you need a digital model. This can be hard to gener- ate, though, especially if the model has to meet scientific requirements. Therefore, the U.S. National Insti- tutes of Health will launch the 3D Print Exchange platform. The online portal is aimed to be an open-source database of scientific 3-D digital models of bio- medical structures, where researchers can share and download 3-D data. Since it provides free access to potentially thou- sands of 3-D models, the website could accelerate the use of 3-D printers in medi- cal research and practice. —T.K. IVD made simple. Every drop counts. With TwinPower technology, high efficiency in in-vitro diagnostic is effortless. The advantages: fewer reagents are required because the internal volume of the solenoid valves has been reduced to an absolute minimum. Energy consumption is less because two smaller solenoid coils share the work in the valve, making this system more durable and reliable than previous systems. The 6624 TwinPower: So much cleverness in such a small space. More minimum – hardly possible. We make ideas flow. www.burkert.com ES430896_EMDT1405_021.pgs 04.29.2014 03:33 UBM black yellow magenta cyan

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