Critical Use Cases of 3D printing technology in Medicine

Critical Use Cases of 3D printing technology in Medicine

Advances in medical 3D printing technology have made significant contributions to healthcare fields. New technologies and therapeutic techniques created by 3D printing will bring new degrees of comfort and personalization to patients.

FREMONT, CA: Personalized, precision medicine is on the rise. New tools and emerging technologies bring doctors closer to patients, providing personalized treatments and devices to serve each unique individual better.

Advances in medical 3D printing technology have made significant contributions to healthcare fields. New technologies and therapeutic techniques created by 3D printing will bring new degrees of comfort and personalization to patients. This newly available technology helps doctors obtain a deeper understanding of complicated cases and offers new instruments to contribute to a higher treatment level.

Patient-Specific Surgical Models

In today's personalized, precision medicine, 3D printed anatomical models from patient scan data become increasingly useful instruments. Visual and tactile reference models can improve understanding and communication within OR teams and with patients. As cases become more complicated and operating room productivity becomes more critical for routine matters.

3D printed anatomical models are used by healthcare practitioners, hospitals, and research organizations worldwide as reference resources for preoperative preparation, intraoperative visualization, and measuring or pre-fitting surgical equipment for routine and highly complex procedures recorded in hundreds of complex procedures.

New Medical Devices and Instruments

3D printing is becoming a synonym for rapid prototyping virtually. The ease of use and low cost of in-house 3D printing has also revolutionized product creation. Many medical tool manufacturers have embraced the technology for the production of brand-new medical devices and surgical instruments.

To produce accurate prototypes of medical devices, jigs, and fixtures to simplify research, over 90 percent of the top 50 medical device companies use 3D printing.

By iterating complex prototypes in days instead of weeks, 3D printing will speed up the design process.

Affordable Prostheses

Each year hundreds of thousands of people lose a limb, but only a subset of them get access to a prosthesis to regain its function.

Simple prostheses are only available in a few sizes, so patients need to take what fits best, while custom-fit bionic devices are designed to imitate the movements and grips of real limbs that depend on muscles in a person's residual limb to manage their functions. Such devices are so expensive that they're only accessible to patients with the best health insurance in developed countries.

The challenge is the absence of manufacturing processes that can affordably manufacture custom parts. But increasingly, to reduce these high financial barriers to accessing care, prosthetists can take advantage of the much-noted design freedom 3D printing offer.

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