Much has been said of the debate about making weapons with 3D printers, but these unique devices are capable of many things. Among others, save lives, as evidenced by the case of the small Kaiba Gionfriddo.
Few weeks after birth the child was discovered a disease called traqueobroncomalacia which prevents air from reaching the lungs. Despite operations the child did not improve, but a group of researchers from the University of Michigan discovered the solution: a splint for your very special trachea, made with a 3D printer.
The tablet was designed specifically for adapt to the baby’s body. “As soon as we put the splint, the lungs began to inflate and deflate for the first time, and we learned that the child was going to be OK”, recounted Dr. Glenn Green, an associate professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan.
The problem with traditional shingles is that they modelled by hand, but that takes a long time, and templates do not conform to the patient ventilation duct. Green took time working with a group of researchers in a splint made with a 3D printer, and they had created prototypes that you were preparing to assess in clinical trials.
However upon hearing of the case of this baby, they realized that the technology could save your life, and the device received the approval of emergency the administration of drugs and food (FDA).
To build the splint doctors created a precise image of the trachea and bronchus with a TAC, and using modeling computer created a splint that is perfectly adjusted around the airway.
The device, made of a material called polycaprolactone, a biodegradable polymer, It will be dissolved in 3 years. And then, the Airways of Kaiba will have grown and will not need one splint anymore. Today, with 20 months of age, Kaiba is “fantastic”, said his father.