From Academia: 3D Printing and Robotics, Stem cell coated Implants, Decentralized Mitigation of Pandemics

Innovation in silos is dangerous. What’s equally unrealistic is to think that 3D printing will be the only force that will save the world. It will not. Often times, several technologies can work together to create something much more powerful. Several articles in this week’s selection demonstrated the merge of robotics and 3D printing technologies, with various application. One particular fun read was from an Italian group that created a self-growing obstacle avoiding robot that also simultaneous acts as a 3D-printer, enabling a tree-root like growth through an artificial pathway. What healthcare application can you think with that technology? Relating to my recent visit to the Cleveland Clinic, autonomous robotic surgery may not be as far as you can imagine. Another equally intriguing paper was by an Isreali group focusing on decentralized mitigation of world pandemics. This paper has more math than perhaps we want, but it is a serious discussion on how 3D printing can be leveraged in solving public health issues. I have touched upon decentralized healthcare in the past from a different angle. 

From Academia” features recent, relevant, close to commercialization academic publications. Subjects include but not limited to healthcare 3D printing, 3D bioprinting, and related emerging technologies.

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Improvement of osseointegration by recruiting stem cells to titanium implants fabricated with 3D printing

Authored by Mary Bollman, Raphael Malbrue, Chunhong Li, Hong Yao, Shengmin Guo, Shaomian Yao. ANNALS of the New York Academy of Sciences. October 11 2019.

Immobilization of BMP-2-derived peptides on 3D-printed porous scaffolds for enhanced osteogenesis.

Authored by Xiashiyao Zhang, Qi Lou, Lili Wang, Shan Min, Meng Zaho, and Changyun Quan. Biomedical Materials. November 15 2019.

CT and MRI compatibility of flexible 3D printed materials for soft actuators and robots used in image-guided interventions.

Authored by Wiebke Neumann, Tim P. Pusch, Marius Siegfarth, Lothar R. Schad, Jan L. Stallkamp. Medical Physics. October 6 2019.

Passive Morphological Adaptation for Obstacle Avoidance in a Self-Growing Robot Produced by Additive Manufacturing

Authored by Ali Sadeghi, Emanuela Del Dottore, Alessio Mondini, and Barbara Mazzolai. Soft Robotics. February 6 2020.

Digitizable therapeutics for decentralized mitigation of global pandemics

Authored by Adar Hacohen, Reuven Cohen, Sol Efroni, Baruch barzel and Ido Bachelet. Nature Scientific Reports. October 4 2019.