The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it continues to expand its national integrated virtual 3D printing network that began January 2017 at VA's Puget Sound Healthcare System, growing it from just three hospitals with 3D printing capabilities in early 2017 to 20 at the close of 2018. This growing network allows VA health care staff to share ideas, solve problems and pool resources on best practice uses of 3D printing for improving Veterans' care. Prints of model kidneys for patients with renal cancer aid in presurgical planning. Occupational therapists are also using 3D printers to manufacture specialized hand orthotics and to provide same day fitting and delivery.
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