Read How 3D Printing Can Save Your Life

Time Sandle | Digital Journal | June 30, 2017

Developments with 3D printing technology continue to advance and the technology is making strong inroads into the medical and biotechnology sectors. We take a look at three recent innovations.

The three innovations relate to discoveries in tumor identification in MS patients, open-source prosthetics and jaw replacement surgery. With each 3D printing can deliver precise measurements to medical production facilities saving time critical to patient prognosis. 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) is the process by which digital 3D design data is used to build up a component in layers by depositing material.

One reason why 3D printing has become popular in the field of biomedicine is because it is an ideal technology for fabrication of parts in industries that typically do not operate in economies of scale, such as medical implants. Other applications include tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Biomedical developments require careful planning, not least because many applications are medical devices designed to be placed into or onto the human body. Here shape, structure and mechanical properties are especially important. This has been achieved with the three recent innovations, each of which uses a MakerBot printer...