3D printing has been around for more than three decades, but it wasn’t until recent years people started to realize the importance of it, likely due to technology’s constant improvement.
Nowadays, anything 3D is at your disposal. You can purchase 3D-printed shoes, 3D-printed pens, and even 3D-printed vehicles. The 3D printing industry grew by 35.2 percent in 2014, followed by a slight slowdown in the year to follow. Nonetheless, the 3D printing industry continues to advance, particularly in the healthcare industry. 3D printing is starting to shake things up, especially as the price tag for it drops and the technology becomes more accessible.
Medical technologies are often expensive, especially when they’re new to the market. However, many of these new 3D-printed solutions are coming in at a reasonable price point and they’re doing incredible things with the technology.
For example, experts recently created 3D-printed skin for burn victims and airway splints for babies with tracheobronchomalacia, a rare condition where the airways around the lungs are prone to collapsing. The production of the airway splints are especially significant because they’re the first 3D implant made for children and they’re designed to grow with the patient.The splints can be produced in a matter of hours, and, miraculously, they only cost just $10 per unit.
Another important detail to take notice of is cost-effectiveness. The reason 3D-printed solutions are often cost-effective is the technology behind it. The process involves building solid, three-dimensional objects from a digital model, using additive processes in which successive layers of material are assembled on top of one another to build the desired object. This is extremely important because items can now be assembled from a digital model, which can increase precision and remove the risk of error. The 3D printing is quite different from older manufacturing techniques, which traditionally rely on removal (by cutting, drilling, chopping, etc.) instead of addition.
These medical solutions are not just for serious medical issues, they have also helped treat a wide range of different issues. Over the past two years,3D-printed ankle replacements,3D-printed casts, and3D-printed pills have all been developed and have seen great success rates.
This is all encouraging news, as the future for healthcare looks bright with technology continuing to improve in today’s society.
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