SINGAPORE: Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore General Hospital (SGH) have joined forces to establish a cutting-edge 3D printing research and development laboratory. The collaborative venture aims to pioneer advancements in medical technologies, focusing on human organ printing.
The partnership between NTU and SGH extends to the customization and development of prosthetics, orthopaedic devices, and implants. In the realm of prosthetics and orthopaedic devices, the collaborative effort will involve meticulous engineering analysis, material selection, and testing to identify optimal raw materials and production techniques.
Notably, the research initiative will delve into three-dimensional living tissue printing, commonly referred to as bioprinting. NTU and SGH will channel their efforts towards groundbreaking research in this field, exploring new avenues that promise medical innovation.
A spokesperson from Singapore General Hospital emphasized the transformative impact of 3D printing technology on patient care. Over the past few years, the hospital has recognized the manifold benefits this technology offers, enhancing patient outcomes and enabling surgeons to meticulously plan intricate surgical procedures in advance.
In particular, 3D printing technology has proven invaluable in specialities such as ear and brain surgery. Surgeons can leverage this technology to create detailed models, facilitating clear communication with patients and aiding in developing precise surgical guidelines. This enhances patient understanding and contributes to the streamlining of surgical procedures, ultimately reducing the time spent in the operating room.
The collaborative effort envisions significant strides in medical care, with the hospital estimating that over 50 patients will benefit from these innovative 3D printing technologies in the coming year.