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3D printing and human medicine

Posted on: June 24, 2016

Lots of amazing stories have been coming into the public domain in recent weeks about the use of 3D printing and human medicine. If you are unclear about what 3D printing is and what it is capable of, look at these Science Museum webpages.  They even h3D printerave a special supplement specifically directed to 3D printing and medicine if you scroll down to the section called ‘How will 3D printing really shape your future?’

In the U.K., Guys and St Thomas’s hospital group appear to be leading the way with this ground breaking technology. In January 2016, it was reported that 3D printing was used to assist with a familial renal transplant and in May this year, it assisted a robotic removal of a prostate gland for cancer.

Further afield in Australia, jaw surgery was enhanced by 3D printing – a collaboration between the University of Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital.

There is more information to read on our VLE. Go to the Library and Learning Resources block then the Eresources section and select Encyclopedia Britannica. Type in ‘3D printing’. Click on their associated web links too.

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