There are several case studies to prove 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.
There are multiple medical applications for additive manufacturing ranging from prosthetics to surgical guides. A 3D printing service offers flexibility that lets medical professionals create devices for a specific patient at an affordable cost.
Various design software’s are able to turn medical images from CT Scans & MRI scans into robust models usable for 3D printing. Detailed images, allow quick production of complex devices in a cheap, and effective in a manner so that they exactly match the patient.
Common medical 3D printing applications
Hearing aids, surgical implants, replacement limbs, detailed models of organs, bones, and blood cells, have all been produced using various technologies of 3D Printing. The potentials of medical field have greatly advanced with the evolution of Additive Manufacturing.
Prosthetics - fully-functional replacement limbs
The Prosthetics Industry has been completely revolutionised by additive manufacturing. Complex customised devices ranging from cosmetic prosthetics to completely functional replacement limbs are now customisable to suit each individual and can be produced at a very low rate as compared to previously.
Medical and Dental surgeries, both require extreme precision. 3D printed guides produced via additive manufacturing, help a surgeon line up holes and incisions with a patient’s anatomy. These guides can now be manufactured quickly and to precise specifications to match the needs of each patient.
Fine mesh structures can be produced via additive manufacturing at no additional cost. The risk of rejection after the surgery is reduced by the organic structure of the device. Completely customizable implants are usually manufactured with metal 3D printing resulting in strong, sterile, and perfectly implants, suited to the specific needs of each patient.
Perfect scale models of patient-specific anatomy and structures can be created via 3D printing. Doctors and nurses can study the subject from different angles and try to find a solution to medical problems. Anatomical Models can be affordably produced via additive manufacturing.
Training of doctors and preparations for actual operations can be highly improved with the use of 3D Printing. 2D images though useful, 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 making 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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