3D Printed Cleft Lip and Palat

Dr. Philip Stoddard, a physician at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Massachusetts, came up with the idea of printing iterative orthoses, and he flushed the idea out with CAD software engineer Beth Roscoe. They partnered with an electrical engineer on the Geomagic board of directors, Peter Fuss, and Bob Morehardt of Mor-Tech, which owns a Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printer. Stoddard was displeased with a conventional treatment for cleft lip, DentoMaxillary Appliance (DMA), for being too dramatic; it requires putting the child under anesthesia for surgery, and then tightening screws over time. That sounds incredibly unpleasant, and likely infants have a similar opinion on the matter. read the full story here