There are several reasons why additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D Printing, works perfectly for medical applications. An on-demand 3D printing service can be used to quickly manufacture medical devices for patients in need.
From prosthetics to surgical guides, there are a large number of medical applications for additive manufacturing. The flexibility offered by a 3D printing service lets medical professionals create patient-specific devices at an affordable cost.
Modern software is able to turn medical images from CT Scans & MRI scans into complete models that can be used for 3D printing. Due to the detailed images, Complex Devices can be produced quickly, cheaply, and effectively in a manner that they always match the patient exactly as intended.
Common medical 3D printing applications
Additive manufacturing has been used to produce hearing aids, replacement limbs, surgical implants, and detailed models of organs, bones, and blood cells. Access to this technology has greatly advanced the potentials of the medical field.
Prosthetics - fully-functional replacement limbs
Additive manufacturing has completely revolutionized the prosthetics industry. From cosmetic prosthetics to fully-functional replacement limbs, these devices can be customized to each individual and produced for a fraction of the previous cost.
Both dental and medical surgeries require extreme precision. A 3D printed guide can help a surgeon line up holes and incisions with a patient’s anatomy. Thanks to additive manufacturing, these guides can be produced quickly and to exact specifications.
Additive manufacturing has the ability to produce fine mesh structures at no additional cost. This feature is necessary for surgical implants; the organic structure of the device reduces the risk of rejection after the surgery is complete. These completely customizable implants are usually manufactured with 3D metal printing; the results are strong, sterile, and perfectly suited to the patient’s needs.
3D printing can be used to create perfect scale models of patient-specific anatomy and structures. This allows doctors and nurses to study a subject from multiple angles and hopefully find a solution to the medical problem. Additive manufacturing is an affordable way to produce anatomical models; both medical students and experienced professionals take advantage of this technology.
3D printing plays an important role in training future doctors and preparing for actual operations. 2D images are useful; however, they provide little visualization and do not represent an actual human part. 3D printing, on the other hand, provides models that look realistic and mimic actual human parts. This makes the operational process more accurate and effective.
Creating High Precision Medical Devices for lab testing
- Technology: SLA
- Material: Transparent Resin
- Client Requirement – testing equipment to be made such that the tips are straight, without any bend/deviation
- Technology: FDM
- Material: PLA
- Requirement – Quick production of Face shields to provide doctors and medical practitioners for protective equipment
- Manufactured over 500 face shields a day
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