The Role of 3D Micro Printing in Device Development

As 3D printing gains a more prominent place in the manufacture and protoyping of medical devices, advances in technology and materials are expanding indications. We spoke with John Kawola, CEO of Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), about the move toward micro 3D printing and how this technology supporting the drive for miniaturization and minimally invasive medical treatments.

Carbon Structures for Tissue Engineering – Engineering Science Research

As a postdoc at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Monsur Islam wanted to 3D print carbon structures to create customizable scaffolds for tissue engineering. This requires glassy carbon material, which is created by 3D printing a precursor and then carbonizing it. For this, Dr. Islam required a high-resolution 3D printer with the required length scale and the appropriate precursor materials for carbonization.

A Kit for Better Care

A lack of available materials. Arduous product development cycles. And a long route to market.

This is the diagnosis of 3D printing's application in healthcare after an extensive examination by the University of Nottingham's Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM).

Enabling Miniaturization with Micro Precision 3D Printing

What is micro-precision 3D printing, and how is it different from other 3D printing processes?
Micro-precision 3D printing is a technique used to create 3D parts with extremely high resolution, accuracy and precision, typically with features that are smaller than 100µm.

£6M UK Grant Boosts 3D Printed Medicine and More

Researchers at the University of Nottingham‘s Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM) in the UK received a £6 million ($7.4 million) grant from the British government to develop a toolkit that will allow 3D printed medicines to be manufactured more effectively. The project aims to create “smart products” on demand that are personalized and bespoke, driving innovations closer to commercial production. Examples include prosthetic limbs, bio drugs containing active ingredients like biological molecules, and living plasters or wound patches that can rebuild tissues damaged from chronic disease.

The Best Micro 3D Printing Solutions On the Market

3D microprinting, also known as micro-scale printing, is a micro-fabrication technique that allows the design of very small sizes, at the micrometer scale and below. Particularly popular in the electronics industry, it is growing steadily, with more solutions available on the market. Micro 3D printers are therefore able to deposit successive layers of material to form a part that is both tiny and highly detailed. In addition to the electronics sector, where they are used to miniaturize devices, these machines are increasingly used in the health and optical sectors. This is a review of the 3D microprinters on the market, whether they are based on resins, powders or glass.

2023 3D Printing Predictions: 3D Printing in Healthcare

Technological innovations are considered among the top priorities for the healthcare industry, especially following the impact of the pandemic, which has challenged the traditional functioning of healthcare systems worldwide. Three years after the onset of Covid-19 took center stage, it has become clear that a paradigm shift has accelerated the need for new and innovative ecosystems, promising to aid complicated surgeries, help patient recovery, and ease time and financial pressures for medical institutions.