Blood Recycling Success with Stratasys 3D Printer
Where the need for more blood can be catastrophic for patients with specific religious beliefs, the recycling machine can effectively return a patient’s own blood thus avoiding the need to use donor blood.
UK company Brightwake produced a prototype machine, called the Hemosep, using parts built on their Stratasys Dimension 1200es 3D printer. Steve Cotton, Brightwake’s Director of Research and Development explains:
The Hemosep consists of a bag that uses chemical sponge technology and a mechanical agitator to concentrate blood sucked from a surgical site or drained from a heart-lung machine after surgery. The cells are then returned to the patient via blood transfusion. In a climate of blood shortage, this recycling methodology has the potential to be a game-changer within the medical industry, saving the National Health Service millions.
In using the Stratasys FDM 3D Printer Brightwake reduced the prototyping cost by 96% as well as achieving significant time-saving benefits from their in-house machine.