MEDICAL APPLICATIONS OF 3D PRINTING
3D Printing, even though it is a two-word term, the technology has huge applications. From the aerospace industry to the automobile sector, the manufacturing, and the engineering industry, 3D printing has its wings spread across all verticals. Of these, one that has the maximum scope and apparently, benefits the most from the technology is the medical and the healthcare industry.
With a projected net worth of $3.5bn by the end of 2025 and a CAGR of 17.7%, the medical industry is expected to flourish under the influence of the 3D printing technology. For one, the tech helps in the creation of prototypes and secondly, the cost of designing devices is minimal Not to forget the speed at which the prototype is created is faster as compared to the conventional means, reducing the time to market and benefiting all.
Nexgen3d being one of the pioneers in the industry has been experimenting with the technology to develop medical implants and similar products. And surprisingly, the response received from the customers has been huge. For us, 3D printing in healthcare is something that will change the future.
How 3D Printing Services Benefit Healthcare Industry
The implementation of 3D printing in the healthcare industry is huge. We at, Nexgen3d have been at the forefront of innovation in the said sector. Starting with the design and development of patient-specific devices such as prosthetics and implants to the enhancement of pre-surgical planning processes, our 3D printing solutions encompass all.
With 3D printing in healthcare, the cost of production is dramatically reduced which in turn increases the accessibility and affordability of medical products. But the production of such products mandates higher precision. For companies like us working in the 3D printing industry, accuracy is a must. Or to put it this way, the benefits of 3D printing is at the peak only when the method adopted is top-notch.
Taking this discussion forward, we now highlight some of the fascinating productions done using the 3D printing technology by us and others on a large scale.
Real-time Implementation of 3D Printing in the Healthcare Industry
- Orthopaedic implants:
The primary use of 3D printing for orthopaedic implants dates back to 2007 when the first 3D-printed implant was manufactured. In 2010, Adler Ortho Group, an early adopter of Arcam’s beam Melting (EBM) metal 3D printing technology, received the primary FDA approvals for implants created by 3D printing.
Orthopaedic implants have for long been a topic of discussion in the medical field. Primarily because of the fact that these implants, though a necessity, are often unaffordable. With the increasing popularity of 3D printing technology and its potential, Nexgen3d experts along with other healthcare professionals are now gearing up to use 3D printing for implants and prosthetics.
It is expected that the total number of implants produced would reach a count of 4 million by 2027. And why not?
3D Printing helps companies like us manufactures a great deal of healthcare products including a variety of implants, such as spinal, hip, knee, and skull. All in all, the technology is no less than a changemaker.
- Personalized surgery:
3D printing technology is now finding huge applications in the field of surgery. It facilitates the development of patient-specific organs and surgical tools, using the patient’s medical imaging. On the other hand, Anatomical models happen to be another popularly adopted applications of 3D printing within the medical industry.
Speculating the reason why our experts consider the accessibility of medical CAD/CAM software and low-cost printers that accounts for the above. Having a model created, the surgeons can work on the body well before performing a particular surgery. This gives them a better understanding while reducing the number of risks and complications involved on a whole.
Nexgen3d specializes in creating instruments such as forceps, hemostats, scalpel handles, and clamps. We believe that 3D printed personalized surgical instruments facilitates faster and fewer traumatic procedures, increasing a surgeon’s dexterity, and promoting better outcomes.
To be honest, the applications of 3D printing in healthcare is vast. And this is something that helps us reign the sector. Equipped with biocompatible materials, high-performance thermoplastics, and metals, we are on the mission of reimagining the medical industry, and the technology of 3D printing plays a major role in it.