Week 2 conclusion

This week you were introduced to implants and how surgeons are changing their practice to take advantage of the new technologies.

Peter’s idea to implant a titanium heel was conceived, designed, refined and delivered in a time frame that those involved in old-fashioned manufacturing could not have imagined.

This week the importance of design has been highlighted. Turning Michael’s sketches into 3D structures via CAD and using design to ensure light weight and high mechanical strength in the implanted heel was… absolutely beautiful!

We have also discussed some of the limitations of current 3D printing technologies. The limitations in feature size that we have encountered in the glaucoma implant work emphasise the need for the development of new printing technologies.

Next week

We will move into 3D bioprinting. That is, using a patient’s own cells to print personalised structures to suit that patients medical needs.

Conversation starter

  • What do you now understand about the difference between a prosthetic and an implant?

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Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts

University of Wollongong