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.


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.


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.


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.


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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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals



    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.



      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.


      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.



          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.


            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.


            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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