A lot of limits have already been pushed in the field of healthcare and 3D printing. Right from the perfect prosthetics, accurate pre-op models for academic purposes and for practicing surgical procedures, and even something as complex as fabricating human tissue. 3D printers are not only great for creating prototypes but also small scale production units. There are some obvious uses and benefits of 3D printing in the field of healthcare.
Considering human anatomy is as different as every individual on the planet, being able to customize your output is a huge asset and a key to understanding anatomy on a deeper level. This is true for prosthetics based on the characteristics of the patient, fabrication of different types of tissues, for recreating difficult bone disorders such as craniofacial disfigurement (where one can decide the thickness of the bone!), and even equipment and medicine. Each patient can get the customized solution they need, thus revolutionizing the healthcare industry.
While large scale productions are still quite cheap, smaller production runs and prototyping is now so affordable with the 3D printers in the picture. Smaller procedures can be now tested and developed as per the end consumer’s parameters, and the first output will be as inexpensive as the last, as the cost of human resources is completely eliminated.
Making a prosthetic or an implant or even developing a prototype involves long hours and delivery time. If the process is completely automated with the readings already in place, accurate to the decimals, the output is fast and reliable. It is also replicable and scalable, making the whole process a lot more streamlined and efficient, with high productivity.
With the process easier and cost-effective, more researchers and professionals can develop designs and innovate. By facilitating simpler solutions in order to bring your imagination to life is so easy, our vision is to bring about more innovation and revolution in the field of medicine - both research as well as applications wise.