3D printing technology is spreading its wings to different industry and the use of additive method has taken a new route.
Korean researchers utilized a 3D printer to fabricate affordable and customizable artificial testicles for those who are looking for testis transplant.
Unlike the conventional replicas, team’s novel silicone gonads is 3D printable to match with the specific patient anatomies and giving high-level comfort. Moreover, researchers’ additive goolies are designed for addressing a demand for low-cost artificial balls at the Native Korea.
Fake Testicles- The Indigestible Truth
There are unfortunate cases of medical emergencies ranging from tumors to testicular torsions occurring in male genitalia, requires a rapid removal. Although there are prosthetics to cover up, but patients do face psychological trauma.
While placing replicas don’t play a major role in male body, but their odd shape damages the male ego. Korean scientists feel that the poor-fit of the shelf implants can drive a dramatic effect on psychic impotence in male. Furthermore, fake testacies come in uniform sizes causing discomfort to men and also lead to severe complications.
To overcome these issues, Korean scientists developed novel prosthetic that is customizable according to the need of each patient.
3D printing for upgrading implants
As a part of the procedure, scientists mixed silicone LSC-40 (a polymer used in arts and crafts) with RTV-THINNER, to create a fast-hardening flexible rubber. After formulation of the optimal material, the team used patients’ data and Creo Parametric 3D modeling software for developing small, medium and large-sized testicular models. To ensure the accuracy, bollocks were fabricated in three parts using 3D printer.
The team then subjected their balls to a silicone molding process to give a glossy finish.
3D Printing for Female cancer patients
Using 3D printing for creating prosthetic testicles represents fairly novel use of the latest technology, and is now being used to help female cancer sufferers.
A team of experts from the Korean Asan Medical Center, 3D printed surgical guide has 3D printed surgical guides enabling cancer patients retaining their breast tissues after surgery.
A medical start-up in myReflection developed 3D scanning module of fabricating personalized breast prosthetics. This product was prepared using ISO-certified outer silicone that can stay up to 4-5 years.
The complete findings of researchers are available in paper titled ““Development of Device for Patient-Specific Artificial Testicle Using 3D Printing.”