How is 3D printing revolutionising healthcare? Customization (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – #103)

Fresh from the holidays and a weekly break we took a deeper dive into the healthcare sector: The disruption is coming in heavy to the sector, not least from 3D printing. The most interesting feature that AM technologies bring to the table is customization and this manifests itself in many forms. The most renowned and established one is the manufacture of implants and guides that are based on CT scans and patient-specific physiology. Now that’s being broadened by even more tailored healthcare solutions such as pills and 3D printed drugs that can contain personalized treatments or even sensors to keep conditions monitored. Much of this wave of customization is being bolstered by a greater range of data that is obtainable by the healthcare sector, through consumer-grade devices or even apps. The digitization of our health is not only giving us new perspectives into our conditions but also opening new paths for the medical industry to reinvent its treatments.

Authentise recently partnered with leading additive “medifacturing” lab, PrinterPrezz, to drive the industry forward even further. Want to find out more about additive and healthcare: check out our friends at 3DHeals.com

Neutrogena To Launch Personalised 3D Printed Face Masks

The MaskiD app. Photo via Neutrogena.
Neutrogena, the American skincare brand of the multinational healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson, has introduced its customizable 3D printed face mask. Known as the MaskiD, this beauty venture uses photographs from a smartphone to micro 3D print a face mask suited to the consumer’s skin type and desired treatment. Speaking to Condé Nast beauty publication allure Michael Southall, research director and global lead of beauty tech at Neutrogena explained:

“The key with 3D printing is [that] we can put the active [ingredient] you want just where you need it, anywhere on the mask, as opposed to one product that you’re trying to use all over the face.”

Read the full article here.

 

Are 3D printed ingestible capsules the future of drug delivery?

 

3D printed ingestible capsule

[…] MIT, Draper and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have collectively developed a 3D printed ingestible capsule capable of personalized drug delivery and much more. The small 3D printed capsule is designed to be swallowed by the patient and then to remain in the stomach for up to a month, where it can not only deliver drugs following a programmed schedule, but can also transmit information to the user’s smartphone and detect certain situations, such as infections and allergic reactions. The innovative device could be particularly useful for treating diseases or conditions where drugs are required over a long period of time.

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Anatomiz3D Partners with Incredible AM to Deliver 3D Printed Patient-Specific Healthcare Solutions

 

Now, [Anatomiz3D] has announced that it’s partnering up with another Indian company [Incredible AM] to develop various 3D printed specialty solutions for the personalized healthcare industry. With Incredible AM Pvt Ltd’s capabilities in metal 3D printing, paired with the design and plastic 3D printing skills provided by Anatomiz3D, this new partnership is essentially a one-stop-shop when it comes to personalized, patient-specific healthcare solutions.

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Manufacturing agility: on-demand printing through AM (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 57)

The manufacturing model that has characterized the last two centuries was one of irrepressible rush to satisfy the demands of the market. Factories constantly spewed products and parts, even when all orders were satisfied, trusting on times when these might be requested again. Needless to say, this model is very wasteful and contains surplus expenses for stocking and unneeded manufacturing, the infamous “bullwhip effect”, that partake in a feeling of gambling on the market’s ups and downs. Both customers and companies are left unsatisfied. Zara, which makes 50% of its inventory close to the point of use, only sells 10% of its inventory at a discount. Its competitors, 30%.

Additive manufacturing provides the means for a more agile manufacturing framework, one that is capable of flexibly addressing new, and sudden, needs without falling back on warehouse stock. The concept can be applied to every industry on the planet: pharma companies can 3D print drugs on the fly and locally to address an urgent outbreak, constructions can be tailored to local requirements without shipping prefabs. To realize the potential of AM in addressing these demands, the pipeline must be enabled by software capable to provide a holistic overview of operations to nimbly set about whatever request it might face. That’s what we’re focused on at Authentise. Talk to us if you want to know more.

New ‘Reactionware’ 3D Printing System Spits Out Pharmaceuticals On-Demand

Philip Kitson and colleagues at the University of Glasgow have developed a new framework for 3D printing drug manufacturing devices on-site on an as-needed basis. All it requires is a $2,000 3D printer and a drug specification (the manufacturing processes required to produce it). Given such a specification, software created by Kitson’s group dictates to the printer exactly what sort of manufacturing hardware it needs to print that is then capable of producing a particular drug.

Read the rest of the article on Motherboard.

World’s First 3D Printed Toilets Coming to India With Singapore’s Hamilton Labs

Hamilton Labs' 3D printed toilet design complete with energy genertaing solar panel roof. Image via Hamilton Labs

In a new agreement with India’s Center for Rural Information and Action (CRIA) Hamilton Labs will be providing a robot operated 3D printer to “build fast, beautiful and comfortable toilets,” for the Madhubani district in Bihar which sprawls Eastern and Northern India.

Read more about it here.

Mass Production – Is 3D Printing Up To The Supply-Chain Challenge?

Custom designs of 3D printable model cups, from One Coffee Cup a Day | 30 days, 30 cups challenge by Bernat Cuni of Cunicode Design Studio

The Bullwhip Effect describes a phenomenon in which manufacturers build a huge inventory of products based on a forecast of customer demand. From the assumed position high on the supply chain, a manufacturer can misinterpret consumer purchasing behavior at retail level – resulting in a mass of unsaleable stock. Mass customization, i.e. making products to exact customer specifications, low-labor demands and product consolidation, gives 3D printing the potential to break free of the Bullwhip Effect, therefore leading to the question:

“If the Bullwhip Effect is a critical problem in any supply chain, would 3D printing be a solution?”

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