life for young heart patientsChina Breakthroughs: 3D printing pumps new life for young heart patients08-21-2017 13:36 BJTBut that's ancient history when considering the latest advances in the medical field. Scientists, inventors and doctors are working closely with academia and governmen▓ts to develop new devices and medical products that are manufactured by 3D printing ▓in order to treat patients.According▓ to the latest developments, the medical community is not only manuf

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hildren's Medical Center has become a crucial player in t▓his area.The largest children's hospital in China has utilized 3D printing to assist with heart surgeries on young people.Life-s▓aving surgeriesIn April 2017, Xinhua reports two young patients - Ma Changqiang, 16-years-old and 8-months-old Yang Youhong, both from no

rth west China's Qinghai Province, had undergone heart surgery by doctors at the Shanghai children's hospital who were using 3D printing technologies."Our children have the world’s latest 3D pri▓nting technology. We are so lucky," said Ma Wenming, grandfather of Ma Chenqiang

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ders, are cooperating on the philanthropic initiative.Global le▓ader: pediatric heart careJi Qingying, deputy director o▓f Shanghai Children's Medical Center, said t▓he hospital conducts over 3,700 heart operations on children, ranking it number one among the world’s medical insti

tutions.On average, families pay in the range - RMB80,000-100,000 (US$11,600-14,500) for a heart operation. But 3D printing can r▓educe costs.Meanwhile, the China-Belgium ch▓arity project is expected to offer 15 to 20 lifesaving heart surgeries per year, free of charge.Additionally

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ta Corp. forecasts China ▓to become the Asia-Pacific leader in the field▓ by 2018 and could surpass the United States and European Union soon."Applications for 3D printing will extend beyond just being prototype in manufacturing and▓ healthcare especially," IDC analyst M▓un Chum Lim told Shanghai Daily.Better educated on ▓performance"Consumers are more educated and will seek benefits

of incorporating 3D printing into diffe▓rent areas," added Mun.Chinese manufacturers are exploring new methods to cut back on labor-intensive manual processes on the factory floor. Companies are upgrading production plants by installing large 3D printers and adopting new technologie

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ns in the Asia-Pacific region, while Beijing is encouraging the "compatibility and acceptance of ▓3D printing," according to Shanghai Daily.There's huge potential for hospitals when it comes to ▓3D imaging and printing, along with virtual r▓eality (VR). Plus Big Data can play a cr

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e▓rialise, Hisense and Dassault System, to provide high-quality 3D printing services and databases.Liu Jinfen▓, director of Shanghai Children's Medical Centers, said the hospital performs around 100 heart surg▓eries annually while using 3D printing technologies.Printing out factoriesOf co

urse, doctors need more manufacturers to make 3d printing devices and Chinese companies are eager to meet such requirements.In July 2016, the Municipality of Chon▓gqing in southwest China, announced ▓the start of construction for a 3D printing factory, which would be the firs

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a▓greement between US-based Hkable biotechnology firm and local biotech co. Jintai. Plans are underway to construct a state-of-the-a▓rt factory, costing US$7.5 million, which includes 3D printing, R&D (research and development) lab, data processing and log▓istics center.

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atter of life or death especially for children suffering from congenital heart▓ disease.The Shanghai Children's Medical Center heart team is utilizing the latest and greatest 3D printing technologies to perform life-saving h▓eart surgeries.3d printing is not only revolu▓tioniz

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