Medical Applications for 3D Printing
applications for 3-D printing are expanding rapidly and are expected to revolutionize health care.
Medical uses for 3-D printing can be divided into various categories, including tissue and organ fabrication; creation of customized prosthetics, implants, and anatomical models and pharmaceutical research.
The application of 3D printing in medicine can provide many benefits such as the customization and personification of medical products, drugs, and equipment; cost-effectiveness; increased productivity;
the democratization of design and manufacturing; and enhanced collaboration.
For Commercial Use
3D printing has been used by the manufacturing industry to produce product prototypes, to create models and molds.
3D printing is a huge industry with only $11 million invested in medical applications.
In the next 10 years, $1.9 billion is projected to be spent on medical applications.
For Consumer Use
This technology is rapidly becoming easy and inexpensive enough to be used by consumers.
It is now possible to print anything, from guns, clothing, car parts, and jewelry making.
BENEFITS OF 3-D PRINTING IN MEDICAL FIELD
Customization and Personification
A big advantage in medical application is the freedom to produce custom-made medical products and equipment.
The use of 3D printing to customize prosthetics and implants can add value to both patients and physicians.
Custom-made implants, fixtures, and surgical tools can have a positive impact
in terms of the time required for surgery & patient recovery time.
Increased Cost Efficiency
The cost of 3D printing is becoming more competitive for small production runs.
This is especially true for small-sized standard implants or prosthetics, such as those used for spinal, dental, or craniofacial disorders.
3D printing can also reduce manufacturing costs by decreasing the use of unnecessary resources.
Some drugs may also be printed in dosage forms that are easier and more cost-effective to deliver to patients.
A product can be made within several hours by 3-d printing. In addition to speed, other qualities, such as the resolution, accuracy, reliability, and repeatability are also improving.
APPLICATIONS OF 3-D PRINTING IN MEDICAL
Earlier it was used to make dental implants and custom prosthetic.
The use of 3-D printing to produce bones, ears, exoskeletons, windpipes, a jaw bone, eyeglasses, cell cultures, stem cells, blood vessels, vascular networks, tissues, and organs has also become possible.
The current medical uses of 3-D printing include tissue and organ fabrication; creating prosthetics, implants, and anatomical models; and pharmaceutical research concerning drug discovery, delivery, and dosage forms.
3-D printing has become a useful and potentially transformative tool in a number of different fields, including medicine.
The medical advances that have been made using 3-D printing are already significant but some of the more revolutionary applications, such as organ printing, will need time to evolve.