Infographic: 3D Printing in the Medical Sector
One of the main advantages of additive manufacturing is its ability to design custom parts. And what could be more important than customization in the healthcare industry, where doctors treat patients who are all unique and different? From hospitals to universities to research labs, many medical players are interested in 3D printing technologies.
The applications are steadily increasing when it comes to 3D printing and the medical field. Over the past few years we have heard of uses as varied as the manufacture of prostheses, implants, surgical models or even tissues and organs from patient cells. Progress is lightning fast and we see more and more health establishments equipping themselves with 3D printers or even units entirely dedicated to 3D technologies. For example in France, the manufacturer Poietis equipped the Hôpital de la Conception in Marseille with a 3D bioprinter to facilitate the creation of skin tissue that can be implanted directly into the patient. And the Seattle Children’s Hospital has adopted 3D printers using material jetting to help them in surgical planning for complex cases, thus reducing mortality rates.
To give you an overview of what has already been achieved, but also to take stock of the innovations to come, 3Dnatives unveils today an infographic on the impact of 3D printing in medicine (click on the image to zoom in).
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