New Zealand-based medical startup myReflection is using 3D scanning and 3D printing dies to develop personalized breast implants for cancer patients after mastectomy.
The prosthesis uses 3D scanning technology to determine the external dimensions, the inner design has an inner core, and the external uses ISO certified silicone material.
Jason Barnett, chief technology officer and research director at myReflection, explains: "Traditional breast prostheses don't last that long, and you'll be worried when you start to realize that your prosthesis is getting worse, because you may have to buy it yourself. The next prosthesis. The material we use for the prosthesis is very stable, elastic and tear resistant, so it can be used for four years."
3D printed breast prosthesis
Tim Carr, the director of myReflection, began exploring 3D printing technology to make prostheses in 2015 after his partner Fay Cobbett was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a mastectomy or surgical removal of one or two breasts, Cobbett chose to wear a prosthesis instead of a reconstructive procedure.
However, due to its subtle nature, the prosthesis that was found to fit in a specially designed mastectomy bra was uncomfortable, cumbersome and difficult to maintain. The couple then attempted to create a lightweight, customized breast prosthesis that had a soft inner core that was molded into the body without gaps or pressure points and that did not require a special bra.
The couple found a 3D printing mold as a way to successfully create an alternative prosthesis. In February 2019, myReflections was established to treat women after mastectomy. So far, the company has only offered 3D scanning consultations in Auckland, while the price of 3D printed restorations is NZ$613 (about 2,700 yuan). The goal of myReflection is to produce 320 products in a month.
Additive manufacturing to solve breast cancer
In addition to 3D printed breast prostheses, French researchers also use additive manufacturing techniques to create breast implants for cancer reconstruction surgery. In South Africa, iMed Tech has introduced the Neyne series of 3D printed external breast prostheses in a range of products.
In 2018, two students at Plymouth University, Rosie Brave and Sam Jackman, designed a 3D printed pink fake breast that would change the lives of breast cancer survivors.
Jackman's mother had undergone surgery and installed a traditional breast prosthesis, but Brawe's "sweating" and "discomfort" caused confusion in his life, and Brave was inspired.
So Brave and Jackman began to completely rethink the design of the breast prosthesis and came up with some designs that would bring happiness to the wearer. The 3D printed models they create are colorful, light and breathable, and are designed with people who have experienced breast and mastectomy wounds.