First 3D Printed Drug Approved

The first 3D-printed drug has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Aprecia Pharmaceuticals has made a drug called Spritam (levetiracetam) that is used to treat epilepsy.  By 3D printing the tablet can be made of layers of the powdered drug for rapid dissolution in what they call the ZipDose® platform.  Cool to see another serious medical use of 3D printing!

The Doctor Will Scan You Now. Will 3D Medical Scanning Become as Common as Blood Pressure?

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It becoming apparent scientifically that in terms of long term health it’s not always just about weight, but percentage of body fat and it’s location.  Recent movies like Fed Up talk of the fact that people can have normal weight, but have it distributed in all the wrong places due to poor diet.  This has some organizations talking about using 3D scanning to switch from BMI (Body Mass Index) to BVI (Body Volume Index).  We’ve talked before about 3D scanning for clothes sizing as all size 6’s or “mediums” aren’t created equal and this is the same for people who may have identical weight and height, but radically different bodies. Continue reading

3D Printing at Center of @ScorpionCBS Plot

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In last week’s episode of Scorpion on CBS, 3D scanning and printing was at the center of the plot.  In the episode called “Djibouti Call“, the characters used 3D printing to try to take down a group of bad guys by disrupting their funding which came through selling artifacts.  By switching the real thing for a 3D printed fake they could wreck the groups reputation in antiquities Continue reading

I’ll Take the Roast Beef and a 3D Print from @Subway?

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I opened up my e-mail and was shocked to see Subway and 3D printing together with their #FULLYBAKED #CONTEST.  The contest is being run through Twitter and until the end of the month you’re challenged to enter your sub inspired ideas to win prizes.  I wasn’t shocked by the $500 gift card, but the offer of a 3D printed model of your idea was an amazing touch!  This is the first mass market contest I can remember with a 3D printing twist.  Get your ideas in, thanks Subway!