MEDICAL

It has been forecast that 3D printing in the medical field will be worth $3.5bn by 2025, compared to $713.3m in 2016.This technology could be used to replace human organ transplants, speed up surgical procedures, produce cheaper versions of surgical tools, and improve the lives of those dependent on prosthetic limbs.

A major application of 3D printing is creating patient-specific organ replicas for surgeons to practice on before performing complicated surgeries. This significantly minimizes risks and trauma for the patient.

3D printing, through bioprinting, eliminates the use of metal or plastic. Bioprinters use a computer-guided slender tube or pipette to layer living cells, referred to as bio-ink, on top of one another to create artificial living tissue in a lab. They can be used for research as they imitate organs on a miniature scale. These organoids can be a cheaper alternative to human organ transplants.

Sterile surgical instruments, such as forceps, hemostats, scalpel handles and clamps, can be produced using 3D printers.These instruments can be used to operate on tiny areas without causing unnecessary damage to the patient. The other benefit is that the productions costs are significantly lower.

3D printing in the medical field can be used to produce prosthetic limbs that are customized to suit and fit the wearer. 3D printing significantly speeds up the process and creates cheaper products without compromising on the functionality of the prosthetics.

Talk to our expert consultants at Additive Accelerator to make the best choice in additive manufacturing.

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