medical 3d printing

There is no doubt that additive manufacturing is developing at a rapid speed and it can be said that it will be impacting all the industries in the future. Among different areas or fields of work this technology is currently working, medical 3D printing is indeed worth to mention.

The Gartner’s predictions that he made back in 2015 have also come true and Medical 3D printing is the talk of the town today across the world.

Have a look at what’s happening in the field right now:

3D-Printed Implants

We all know that Osseus Fusion Systems got clearance for its fourth FDA-510 (k) last year. It’s a Dallas-based company that prints its devices through PL3XUZ that is its proprietary 3D-printing platform. The company has created these 3D-printer parts that are the best spinal implants available in the market.

Recently, in January 2019, it happened for the first time that a patient was implanted the interbody parts by Aries-L lateral. It happened for the first time that 3D-printing was directly involved in improving treatment outcomes.

You must know about that Italian orthopedics company LimaCorporate that came up with the 3D-printed hip implant for the first time. The company is constantly increasing the number of 3D-printed orthopedic devices in the market. In fact, there are more than 100,000 hip cups available in the market today.

Bioprinting

It deals with the ability to use 3D printing for patient-specific transplant organs. Due to this technology, people won’t need to wait for donors or waiting lists. The fear of organ rejection will also be effectively eliminated. The good news is that the base technology for this is advancing fast and we are just a few years away to make it happen.

In this 2019 also, 3D printing is being used in the medical industry across the world. The use of 3D print layers for simple tissues is quite common now and multiple companies are working on it. In fact, Poietis has already invented a laser-based method that is being used for 3D printing of skin cells and other biological matters.

CELLINK is offering six bioprinters in the market. 4 out of 6 are based on 30 to 35 bioinks and extrusion technologies. Pharmaceutical researchers who test drugs in different human tissues are making the most of these products.

Surgical Tools

3D printing or additive manufacturing is also being extensively used for surgical tools. Endocon, a famous medical company from Germany, has already developed a 3D-printed device that makes the process of extracting hip cups more easy, reliable, and fast.  EndoCupcut is another company that is making blades through 3D printing.

Johnson & Johnson has taken the matter to the next level. The company has introduced personalization also for 3D printed surgical tools. Now, doctors will easily product anatomy-specific tools by seeing the concerned patient’s CT scan.

Recently, at the University of Toronto, a team of researchers has created a portable skin printing device that is amazingly capable of printing bioink. The bioink can be used on wounds in order to improvise the healing process.

What is the Future of Medical 3D Printing?

The future of medical 3D printing is indeed bright and the industry will make endless benefits from this highly advanced technology. Since it’s reducing the time and improving the quality in the medical industry, more and more companies will join the race of producing useful 3D printed medical products.


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