Medical & Dental

3D Printing Industry Review of the Year March 2018

In the month we opened voting for the 3D Printing Industry Awards research prevailed, especially in the medical and biomedical sphere.

A few companies donned some new 3D printed shoes and, of course, there was a flurry of 3D printer releases to top it all off.

The midsoles are available for an additional price in Ecco's Flexure range of shoes. Photo via Ecco.
ECCO shoes with 3D printed midsoles. Photo via Ecco.

Medical innovation straight from the lab

At the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) scientists to a step toward the pain-free shots with 3D printed microneedle arrays.

Aiming to democratize in industry, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University released the plans for an open-source 3D bioprinter.

A study from Dr. Kate Fox’s team at RMIT University, Melbourne, proved that diamond coatings could be a 3D printed implant’s best friend (see featured image for sample).

Award winning software company Materialise became the first company to receive FDA clearance for a 3D printing program intended for anatomical modeling –  the company then used this status to help validate 3D printers for medical application. Also this month, Materialise announced an extension of its partnership with Johnson & Johnson company DePuy Synthes.

The 3D printed shoe-in

After two years in the making, Reebok launched the first Liquid Factory 3D printed shoe to the commercial market.

And Innovation Lab ECCO, based in Amsterdam,  became the latest company to join the 3D printed sneaker trend.

The Liquid Floatride Run shoe. Photo via Reebok
The Liquid Floatride Run shoe with 3D printed wrap-around. Photo via Reebok

Hardware releases 

New 3D printers launched in March 2018 included the Raise 3D Pro 2 Series, and the large-format Massivit 1500.

The Massivit Exploration 1500 3D printer. Image via Massivit.
The Massivit Exploration 1500 3D printer. Image via Massivit.

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Feature image shows A hollow, 3D printed titanium cube heated for diamond coating acts as a demonstration in Dr. Fox’s research. Photo via RMIT University