Just saw this on Reddit's front page. Great story for the kid, his family and the hospital.
Baby’s life saved with 3D printed device at C.S. Mott
For a reason. Awesome story, great to here about the practicality of the 3D printers.
a verb in the middle of a sentence.
If you are going to throw stones, don't live in a glass house. Also, nice straw man argument...because I can't proofread my posts, it's the I phone's fault.
yes because steve jobs single handedly built the iphone and its autocorrect software.
Your autocorrect changes sentence structure?! That is amazing!
Hey inthebluelot: typos happen, own up to yours and realize you looked like a total dick. Stop digging and blaming your life mistakes on dead people.
but in Baby Kaiba's case, hope you never go blue again
That is awesome. As a dad I can't imagine what they went through but it is wonderful seeing technology saving lives.
Need a BLT on Mars or an assault rifle without the waiting period? Just build (or download) a 3D model and click print.
Its essentially liquid plastic that is "printed"/builds whatever shape you've designed. The material is put on in extremely thin layers and is built up over many passes. Think like reverse CNC machining.
3D printing is essentially laying down lines of a melted plastic which almost instantly solidify upon deposition. Because the solidified plastic has an appreciable volume as opposed to ink, the printer can stack these layers of solidified plastic on top of each other to create a 3D shape. It's somewhat opposed to CNC, which takes a CAD file and makes the product through subtractive processes (milling, lathe, etc.). Here, a 3D printer can take a CAD file and additively build up to it by adding layers of plastic.
I'm almost sure that Prof. Hollister didn't use "3D printing" per se, but a similar technique (photolithography) consisting of a large vat of liquid polymer that, when exposed to laser light of a certain energy, will cross link to form solid shapes. If the area of the laser beam is small, the prototype can have tight tolerances with respect to curves.
Professor Hollister is a really nice guy so I'm happy that he's getting the recognition that he deserves for this project.
If you have the glasses.
Well said. Let me add that "3D Printing" has become the generic term for all rapid prototype or additive manufacturing processes (objects built in layers), but the types of machines and processes that are used are as different as night and day. I have 6 laser-based Rapid Prototyping machines in my lab, and they are light years better than the $2000.00 hobbyist-based extruders that you can order off the internet. It irks me to no end when the two are lumped together!!
The device in this article was built using a Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) machine, which uses a Co2(hot) laser to sinter or melt plastic powder in 0.004" layers at a time into the shape of the part.
I feel like medical dramas are going to be a little different in this brave new world: "DAMNIT doctor, we got another PC Load Letter error..."
Nope. It just means that guys like me in HIS are going to be making even more bank...
Sooooo glad I pushed my wife out of patient care and into informatics. You and she are going to be pretty damn highly in demand for the next couple decades or so.
That is a great story and hopefully Kaiba makes a full recovery.
I believe 3D printing is also known as "additive manufacturing" - it's been used in some fields, such as automotive engineering, since the late 1970s, I believe. The biomaterial application is relatively new, from what I understand - basically, the idea is to be able to build living systems in successive layers using inkjet techniques.
Here's a story from the BBC on how they used the technique by layering cells in a sugar medium to study the possibility of building organs - (HERE). Awesome possibilities, and it is good to know a child will live because of these techniques.
Hope the future bodes well for the baby.
SLS. Stereo Lithography System. First used it for A-C vents where the flaps actually move as well.
"Coach Hart, here is the list of the spots we need to fill for Team 174."
"Hmmmm... a Wheatley, a Harmon, two Longs, a Lewan, one Howard, two Woodsons, one Robinson, three Peppers, two Hands, one Kovacs, one Branch, one Paris, one Carter, one Morris, one Griese, and two Woodleys... looks good, but let's add a Molk. Fire up the printers!"
Professor Hollister on a research project. She speaks very highly of him.
I'm happy to see this kind of joint effort on a life-saving solution.
As someone working in the medical device sector, I love hearing stories like this. I'll make sure to share this with others in the field. Thanks for posting this and Michigan contribution to research and developement in the BME/medical device field.
I heard this story with my son on the Steve Czaban show this morning but didn't hear that it was at Michigan. Amazing
learns the truth about TSUN.
Michigan difference. I love this university