Happy Earth Day

We’ve talked in the past about ways 3D printing can be Earth friendly and reduce CO2, so we’ll just say Happy Earth Day!

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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?

 

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