WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation
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Duck Peg gets 3D-printed leg

Duck Peg gets 3D-printed leg | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Eighth-grade science students have used a 3D printer to create a prosthetic leg for a duck found without a foot shortly after he hatched.

Farid Mheirs insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: 3D printing has moved to become more than just for prototyping.

Anna Michaelson's comment, April 4, 2018 8:28 AM
Duck would be happy.
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3D "Bio" Printing prints transplants, implants and other prosthetics via @mashable

3D "Bio" Printing prints transplants, implants and other prosthetics via @mashable | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
3D printing has changed our perception of mass manufacturing, but there's also a parallel revolution -- doctors are using the technology to save lives.


The doctors took a CT scan of his trachea and bronchus to produce a precise image, from which they could design the device. Using computer modeling software and making some modifications, they created a splint that perfectly matched Kaiba's windpipe and printed it with a biodegradable polyester called polycaprolactone.

The custom splint fits around Kaiba's airway, and it will dissolve within three years. Image: University of Michigan Health System


The splint goes around the outside of the bronchus, then sutures pass through the splint to tether the trachea through the inside. This expands the bronchus and inflates the trachea. With growth, the splint opens up.

Even though Green and Hollister sized the design to Kaiba's bronchus, they crafted three or four increments of about a half a millimeter above and below the diameter from his scan. Then they made about five copies of each, just to make sure they had enough going into the operating room.

Farid Mheirs insight:

3D printing is the missing link in digital transformation, allowing bits to travel at the speed of light to reproduce real world objects from digital bits. This closes the loop in the digital transformation, allowing businesses to digitize, manipulate, then replace into physical world elements. This article shows the extent to which we have come.


More amusing, Twinkind can now produce 3D miniature of yourselves.

An especially life-like example. Photo: Twinkind


For more on 3D printing I suggest reading the very good Wired article from 2012.

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