INNOVATIONS BLOG

3D Printing Gives Three-legged Dog Freedom to Walk...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Apr 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The future seems bright for Ziggy the three-legged wonder dog, after specialist surgery at The University of Queensland’s Veterinary Medical Centre at Gatton. Thanks to the care and dedication of his owners, UQ veterinary staff and students, Ziggy is a poster dog for success in the face of adversity. Now a two-year-old border collie with a very sweet disposition, Ziggy was found abandoned in 2014 while still a small puppy. His front right leg was broken and healing incorrectly, requiring amputation. UQ PhD students Rebecca Colvin and Glenn Althor fell in love with the brave little dog and adopted him when he was three-months-old, from the RSPCA at Wacol.

“He was a happy little puppy and didn’t mind at all that he only had three legs,” Rebecca said. “However, a few months later we started to notice that he wasn’t walking well. He was limping, and seemed to be in pain.” “Our local vet referred us to the referral surgical service at the UQ VETS Small Animal Hospital in Gatton, where it was explained that Ziggy had an angular limb deformity as a result of damage to the growth plates in his front leg.”

Senior lecturer in small animal surgery at the School of Veterinary Science Dr Jayne McGhie said Ziggy’s owners had done the right thing in seeking veterinary advice. 

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Topics: Industry News, 3D Printing

Biomedical 3D Textile Technology Using Bioresorbable Polymers...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Apr 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM

TELFORD, Pa. -- Secant Medical has developed a new 3D textile engineering technology by integrating traditional textile engineering with advanced biomaterials. While 3D printing or additive manufacturing has gained considerable attention as a novel method to create 3D biomedical forms, 3D printing does not always offer the dimensional stability, material selection and engineering properties desired. The 3D textile technology leverages Secant Medical’s long history in developing medical textiles for use in implantable medical applications. Once programed the 3D textile set-up can produce high-quality, mass-engineered structures with a high degree of repeatability. By combining the spatial resolution capability with advanced bioresorbable polymers, Secant Medical uses the company’s proprietary bioelastomer Regenerez® to assist in enhancing the biomechanical properties of these 3D structures. This technology transforms a simple, synthetic textile into an elastomeric scaffold which allows the researcher a broad range of bioresorbable polymers for the structural design. The company has begun development of an anatomical scaffold prototype based on the trachea. The patent pending technology can provide the researcher with off-the-shelf scaffolds for a range of structures in various sizes to meet demographic demands. For instance, the 3D textile engineered trachea scaffold demonstrates the precision of creating 20 C-shaped rings stacked along the length of the prototype with narrow, flexible regions spaced in between to mimic the natural bio-architecture of the trachea.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas, 3D Printing

Robots and Healthcare Saving Lives Together...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Apr 8, 2016 3:30:00 PM

Physicians, nurses and technicians are the superheroes of healthcare. But even Captain Marvel needs a trusted sidekick. Enter the robots. They augment the surgeon’s potential with superhuman precision and repeatability. They help hospitals save costs, reduce waste, and improve patient care. They offer levels of measurability and traceability that only automated machines can achieve. And they provide medical technology developers with proven platforms for new innovations. From radiation treatment to eye surgery, rehabilitation to hair transplantation, and robot therapists to robotic pharmacists, and even a robot phlebotomist, healthcare robots are transforming the fields of medicine across the globe. Probably the most widely known medical robot is the da Vinci® Surgical System made by Intuitive Surgical. The teleoperated robot-assisted surgical system has been used successfully on millions of patients since it was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000. Indications for use include minimally invasive thoracoscopic, cardiac, urological, and gynecologic procedures.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas, Industry News

Polyair, a Biodegradable Alternative to Traditional Polythene...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Apr 7, 2016 1:44:25 PM

Polyair is a revolutionary new product launched by Polythene UK as a completely carbon positive biodegradable alternative to traditional polythene. It’s been under development for ten years and is now available as a fully recyclable, carbon positive packaging material. When combined with standard polythene or Polylite, Polyair can provide an environmentally sensitive alternative across the whole polythene product range, so whether it’s films or wraps, bags, covers or tubes that are need we can supply a greener alternative to your packaging solutions. Being carbon positive, Polyair captures more CO2 than it releases during the product lifecycle, meaning it’s one of the greenest packaging materials currently available. Indeed, when launched, it was the only 100% recyclable, carbon positive, packaging material available on the UK market.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas