Case Studies

3D Printed Bone Models Provide True-To-Life Training For Surgeons

3D printed bone model

Traditionally, when clavicle, wrist or ankle fractures require surgery, doctors rely on plate fixation. Plate fixation requires a large incision over the damaged bones and the application of metal fixtures to the outside of the bone to hold the fragments in place during healing. Intramedullary fixation is an alternative surgical procedure commonly used to fix […]

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Revolutionary DMLS Surgical Tool Repairs Ligaments, Restores Confidence

DMLS surgical tool in hand

There are over 900 ligaments in the human body, each serving to support and connect hundreds of bones. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most important ligaments connecting the tibia (shin bone) to the femur (thigh bone).  It stabilizes the knee and prevents joint surfaces from shifting unnaturally. Regrettably, in the U.S. […]

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3D Printing Brings the Familiarity of Home to the International Space Station

Cristoforetti Poster

Surviving in space is perhaps one of the greatest challenges of our recent past, current and future generations. Pioneering into the final frontier as scientists, and even colonists, is imbued with potential answers to thousands of questions (philosophical, biological, environmental and perhaps agricultural) back on earth. In 2016, two astronauts will have survived the longest […]

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3D Printed Vacuum Forming Tool Grants Curt G. Joa Customization and a Competitive Edge

Vacuum Forming Drums

Wisconsin is popularly known as America’s Dairyland, but, in fact, its overall economy is largely based in manufacturing. This sector dates back to the early 20th century when European immigrants relocated to the state. Curt G. Joa, a young German engineer, was one of them. In 1935 he established a manufacturing company in Sheboygan Falls, […]

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