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3D Printed Medical Devices
Advancements in the medical field have led to more efficient treatment and better overall care for patients. In recent years, 3D printing has contributed to these advancements, emerging as a faster, more cost-effective method to customizing patient care. In this article, we’ll discuss how 3D printing is furthering medical treatment and procedures and what materials are ideal for these applications.
3D printing can be used for a variety of purposes in the medical industry. This versatility and growing adoption of this manufacturing method is primarily due to how fast and cost-effective it is. The main areas in which 3D printing is used in the medical industry are detailed below:
Medical Device Development
Product development is a primary use of 3D printing across a variety of industries, and the medical device industry is no exception. Engineers developing new devices like heart rate monitors, tablets, and lab equipment can use 3D printing to accelerate their product development process. This is because 3D printing’s additive manufacturing process that builds a part layer by layer without tooling enables shorter lead times and lower costs. This makes 3D printing ideal for rapid prototyping and even low volume end-use part production.
Personalized Patient Care
3D printing allows for quick and easy customization of patient care. A 3D printed model of a specific patient’s anatomy can be produced from their MRI scans. This can help doctors prepare for an operation by being able to see, feel, and hold a physical model, making them more confident and efficient once in the OR. The same method may be used to create custom implants, prosthetics, and casts for patients. Customizing these aids helps with patient healing by giving the best support possible based on the patient’s particular anatomy. 3D printing excels in this area because designs can easily be created, adapted, and printed on demand without the expensive investment that traditional manufacturing methods of these same items require. Implants made via 3D printing are particularly progressive because they can be printed wit