A new deal between a medtech start-up and a 3D printing technology firm will see the latter’s innovative solutions made available across French hospitals. The agreement between French medtech start-up Bone 3D and Stratasys, a polymer 3D printing solutions provider, will afford hospitals direct access to an immediate, localised way of 3D printing essential medical equipment, medical devices and patient-specific anatomical models. Healthcare providers can sub-contract 3D printing hardware and services from Bone 3D, granting them the direct means to fulfil their own production needs on-site, as well as receive dedicated ongoing support from Bone 3D technicians. Jérémy Adam, CEO and founder, Bone 3D said: “Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, the world witnessed the importance of 3D printing first-hand as it provided a swift and direct means of producing vital PPE to equip frontline healthcare workers, ventilator parts and other critical medical equipment. “However, beyond that, the versatility of 3D printing has seen huge demand from hospitals and medical institutions for a means to create maintenance parts, rehabilitation parts and medical devices. Our Hospifactory initiative will ensure that some of the market’s most advanced 3D printing technologies are made accessible exactly where and when they are needed by surgeons and clinicians across the French hospital network.” The latest partnership between Stratasys and Bone 3D follows last year’s deployment by Bone 3D of 60 Stratasys FDM 3D printers in the AP-HP in Paris, to support the frontline fight against COVID-19. *Image by krzysztof-m from Pixabay
Chances are you’ve heard of 3D printing before, but you did you know that it’s been revolutionising the way surgical procedures are carried out all over the world? In fact, 2014 has been a year in which 3D printing has really started to make its mark in the medical world. 3D printing itself is an additive technology which recreates objects using many thin layers and its application in medical procedures is exciting and wide-ranging. For example, surgeons were able to save the life of a 2-week-old baby back in July using a 3D-printed heart. Furthermore, a 3D-printed spinal implant was used in China to help a 12-year-old bone cancer patient walk again. Prior to the ground-breaking surgery he had spent two months lying flat in a hospital bed following a sporting accident that had injured his neck. And earlier this year a team of French surgeons were able to successfully implant a 3D-printed spine cage into a woman’s back with fantastic results. This technique is being championed as an innovative treatment for people with spinal instability and disc degeneration. It helps promote the growth of a solid composite structure from separate bones. This GizMag article contains more information about how 3D printing has enabled many other life-saving surgeries this year. For more information on surgical procedures in France or to get a personalised quotation, contact France Surgery today.