3D Printing Industry
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers, together with the Piedmont Heart Institute, have created a patient-specific heart valve model using a 3D printer.
In a bid to improve the success rates of transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR), the researchers say creating patient models will allow doctors to better prepare for heart surgery. With the models they hope to improve the fit of heart valve prosthetics and avoid paravalvular leakage.
To take the models one step further, the researchers also now envisage using 3D printed electronics to create embedded sensors for data collection. Previously Georgia Tech researchers have employed 3D printing to create shape-changing tensile shapes.
Gif shows simulation of heart valve function. Images via Georgia Tech.