The use of 3D printing as an aid for surgical procedures has exploded worldwide.
Dr. Sathish Vasishta, a craniomaxillofacial surgeon, and Dr. Derick Mendonca, a plastic surgeon, of the Sakra Hospital in Bangalore, India, used a 3D printed model for a surgical procedure to correct orbital hypertelorism using both a box osteotomy as well as a facial bipartition technique with the aide of Osteo3D.
Orbital hypertelorism is a condition where the spacing between the eyes is larger than normal and can result in abnormally shaped eyes. To help aid in the procedure, Vasishta and Mendonca called upon the services of Osteo3d, a company that is focused on 3d printing for the healthcare industry. For the procedure, the patient in particular had excess bone present between their orbit: 15 mm on the horizontal plane and 7.5 mm from the midline.
In order to correct his, bone would need to be removed from either side of the midline before rebuilding the skull structure. To create a 3D model of the patient’s skull, 3D scans were collected and converted into usable data that was then able to be 3D printed. Then the doctors used the 3D printed model to study the patient’s bone structure both before and during the surgery.
This not only did this help the doctors accurately estimate the removal of the 7.5 mm of bone on either side of the midline on the horizontal plane and 1.5mm of bone on the vertical plane of the right bony orbit to achieve orbital symmetry but it also helped them establish any alternative methods for the procedure. Thankfully, the surgery was deemed a success thanks in no small part to the addition of 3D printing to the surgical process. While more hospitals worldwide are starting to see the value of 3d printing in nearly all stages of a medical procedure, not all of them have been able to both afford and provide the space for on-site 3D printers and computer equipment – for this, it’s hard to deny that services include Osteo3D are among the best out there.
3DCreatR, A company based in India, is expanding its range of courses on 3D printing, extending the courses to all ages.
This is not only to learn but also to dedicate professionally to disitintas opportunities offered by 3D printing in the future: medical, aerospace, manufacturing, and more. The list of options is almost endless career
Based in Mumbai, 3DCreatR is already operating two thriving centers for 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Because of its success, the company has set the goal of a major expansion
"3DCreatR is determined to spread their wings of knowledge to the masses and has plans to open 50 more such centers across India over the next six months"
3DCreatR also offers a wide selection of products and 3D printing materials.
In its centers, as they continue to accelerate and stimulate learning across India, 3DCreatR offer classes designed to "refine and improve" Learning in 3D for Indian citizens at all levels, such as:
Kids 3DC – Introductory course for the young ones
DesignA 3DC – Instruction focusing on product and art design for adults
DesignK 3DC – Instruction in design for kids, including scanning and sculpting
Design+3DC – An extension of the introductory course for adults or kids, offering twelve 3D printing sessions
Sculpt3DC – Introduction for kids to the Sculptris program, where they learn to make a basic 3D model
Jewelry3DC – Any skill level receives instruction on 3D printing a pendant, as well as embellishing it
ChocoMold 3DC – Participants learn to 3D print with chocolate, and produce a chocolate mold as part of the class assignment
With so much information on the internet everyday it is no surprise to us that our young 3D printing technology loving geniuses are trying out to build a DIY open source 3D printer through downloadable tutorial files from Thingiverse or Instructables.
Recently, Johannes Rostek, a sixteen-year old high-school student from Germany, designed his own 3D printer., which he calls, the Valcanus V1 3D Printer, with just 300 euros.
Johannes walked a few miles extra to give his RepRap open source 3D printer a professional look by using metal components to build it.
The 44 cm x 44 cm x 60 cm Valcanus V1 3D printer is based on CORE-XY mechanical designwhich makes the printer easier to carry and also to print faster without affecting the resolution of the 3D printed.
The printer is capable of printing at the speed of 300 mm/s at a resolution of 0.5 mm or greater. The build volume is about 20 x 20 x 26 cms. This build is big enough to produce objects of decent size among other desktop level 3D printers.
It´s an example of how open source trend is becoming more and more usefull everyday, and how young people can make real his own projects.
Instapro3d.com is a 3D printing service bureau based in New Delhi, and the startup company digitizes objects and does 3D modeling via a group of professional CAD engineers. One of their services is a way to document one of the most important milestones in anyone’s life – the birth of a child, via 3D printed copies of their foot or a hand.
Megha Bhaiya, the Founder and CEO of Instapro3d.com, followed in the footsteps of her sister when she left India to study at Lancaster University for a year. As part of her BBA Business Studies degree at the GD Goenka World Institute, Bhaiya spent her final year there finishing her studies. She says it was an ideal choice for her as an international student as she met people from all over the world.
Bhaiya began Instapro3D to create “a platform to turn your imagination into reality.” She says 3D printing fascinated her as it allows engineers, artists and designers to apply their skills and leverage the power of design “to give birth to amazing creations.”
From key chains to bike models; from hair-clips to screwdrivers; from an upside-down bottle to an imaginary helicopter design, Bhaiya says 3D printing sets designers free to create products and their work is restricted only to the limits of their imagination
“If you have broken a piece of machinery, you can just get it replicated here,” she says. “You can make quick models of your product before a presentation – even design your own jewelery.”
She also says this latest offering from her new company includes one element of inestimable value.
“We believe that birth of a child is a very emotional and memorable time for parents, and freezing a part of this memory for them would be priceless,” she says. “Thanks to 3D printing, doing this is absolutely simplified.”
You can check out Bhaiya’s company at their website, Instapro3D.com, and pricing information for the foot and hand keepsakes is available through the company’s contact page here…