Did you know that the 3D printing technology has been around since 1984? However, the popularity of 3D printing technology sky-rocketed in the last couple of decades owing to advances in technology. In addition, the cost of 3D printing decreased over the years making the technology more accessible. At present, 3D printing finds applications in multiple key industrial sectors including, automobile, aerospace, healthcare, etc.
This blog will focus on how 3D printing, which is also known as metal additive manufacturing is changing the shape of the healthcare industry. 3D Incredible is one of the most established organizations to offer a wide range of 3D printing services and rapid prototyping services. As 3D printing continues to gain popularity, each year, the technology continues to be a promising prospect for the healthcare sector.
Let’s elaborate on how 3D printing is gradually transforming the healthcare industry.
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In the last decade, the cost of 3D printing has decreased significantly owing to the growing interest in 3D printing. In addition, patient-centric 3D printed prosthetics have made a huge impact in the healthcare sector especially in the developing countries such as India. Integrated with advanced modern technology, 3D printed prosthetics are a ray of hope for individuals who could not afford the same before 3D printing came into the picture.
Several organizations such as 3D Incredible are actively deploying the 3D printing technology to produce highly effective and cost-efficient prosthetics that were expensive a few years ago. Hence, 3D printing has played a huge role in reducing the cost of prosthetics in recent years.
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This is probably the best example to illustrate the impact of 3D printing in the healthcare sector. Today, thousands and thousands of body parts such as knees, hips, ankles, parts of the spine, skull, etc, are implanted every single year. However, with the onset of 3D printing technology, the future looks promising as 3D printed patient-centric parts can now be produced integrating the technology. In the current scenario, customized medical implants have received a significant amount of attention due to its added benefits and overall effectiveness.
One of the major advantages of 3D printing is its ability to manufacture, high-quality protective devices and aids such as dental implants, hearing aids, prescribed eyeglasses, etc at a rapid pace. In addition, the cost of production is significantly lower compared to traditional manufacturing techniques.
One of the most promising prospects of 3D printing is the progress of 3D bioprinting. 3D bioprinting has been a part of several treatments and surgeries that have been successful. Research and development in this field have led to the production of facial prostheses for individuals who have been given treatment for eye cancer by using advanced facial scanning software and the 3D printing technology. In addition, customized biodegradable implants are used to treat bone infections and cancer.
We have already discussed how 3D printing technology is deployed to produce prosthetics, bone implants, dental implants, and several medical instruments. However, recent advances in 3D printing have started focusing towards pharma manufacturing. In 2016, Spritam (levetiracetam) became the first 3D printed drug that won the approval of the FDA creating a whole new avenue for the 3D printing technology. 3D printing reduces the manufacturing footprint and most importantly reduces the overall cost of manufacturing.
3D Incredible is one of the leading companies operating in the 3D metal printing industry. We at 3D Incredible offer 3D printed solutions to clients from several industrial domains. We have successfully produced several important medical implants by metal 3D printing. As technology continues to evolve rapidly, 3D printing will surely continue to make inroads into the healthcare industry.