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6 Ways In Which 3D Printing Technology Can Save Lives

6 Ways In Which 3D Printing Technology Can Save Lives

3D printing technology is not limited to printing consumer goods and toys. It can also save human lives. This may come as a surprise to many readers, but it is 100% true.

The technology is already saving many lives as you read this post. 3D technology has done a tremendous job in advancing the medical field.

Recently, a child named Lucy Boucher was the first child to have a kidney transplant assisted by 3D printing technology. This technology made the complicated task of transplanting a 35-year-old’s kidney into a 4-year-old child much simpler. You cannot ignore the extra risk involved when a transplant is performed between people so far apart in age. But, 3D printing technology made this possible.

This technology can do wonders. Let me tell you about some of the medical fields in which 3D printing technology is creating marvelous changes.

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1. 3D Printed Organs

Using 3D tech, scientists can build organs for the human body. They just need to supply instructions to the computer and raw materials to the 3D printer, and 3D tech will do the rest of the work.

Isn’t this amazing?

If scientists can build organs using these techniques, then surely the organs can be customized according to the individual patient’s needs, producing better results. Automation could make this process even better in the future.

2. Better Medical Imaging

Medical imaging is a core aspect of medical care. Now, scientists and doctors are taking medical imaging to new heights with the help of 3D printing technology.

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How does it work?

First, doctors use MRI or CT scanning to make an image of a particular patient or the patient’s organs. Then, they make a dummy patient using the scans and 3D technology. They treat the dummy patient and check for results.

Researchers can then collect those results from many different patients and analyze what treatment produced the best results. In this way, doctors can choose the best possible treatment for the human patient.

A similar technique can be applied in cancer treatment. Doctors can carry out different experiments and analyze patients’ predicted results.

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3D dummy patients are also good for teaching purposes. They can help medical students to understand the structures of the human body and to practice with real ease.

3. Improvements in Medical Education

Dummy models are really helpful for medical education. Students can carry out different experiments and techniques on realistic dummies so that they can get experience with realistic scenarios. Not only medical students, but also other students in hands-on fields like engineering or science can benefit. Lots of schools have already implemented this technology.

4. 3D Printed Casts for Broken Bones

You know how painful broken bones are? They take a long time to recover from. And, in some cases, it is quite difficult for the patient to recover full fitness. 3D technology can be handy in this scenario.

Doctors can take X-rays or MRI scans, then build a needed structure that is an exact match for the patient using a 3D printer. This can be helpful for thousands of patients. A cortex exoskeletal cast is one such example. These casts are far better than the traditional casts used for broken bones.

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5. Engineering Safer Vehicles with 3D Printing Technology

With the help of 3D technology, riding in many kinds of vehicles will become much safer. Manufacturing safety items is not the easiest task for companies. 3D technology can be really fruitful in designing and building better and safer vehicle parts.

Using the technology, car companies can design, produce, and test different parts at a high rate, then choose the best ones. Airline companies can also use this technology to make air travel safer.

3D printing technology has certainly automated many tasks for humans. We can do things much faster, cheaper, and with greater accuracy. This could be bad for some people, because some may lose their jobs, but we cannot ignore this technology’s rise.

Cheap 3d printers can easily be used to do wonderful things.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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