Application of 3D printing technology in the medical industry
The 3D printing industry has been growing rapidly over the past few years. As well as being widely used to protect ancient cultural relics in aerospace, manufacturing and other fields, the 3D-printing technology is continuously released in medical industry. Its value alone has an unlimited market. Here are the details:
Medical models and surgical guides can be customized using 3D printed medical models
To create a medical model, you can perform three-dimensional modelling based on CT or MRI images of the patient before the operation. You then print out the model using a 3-D printer. The main function is that the 3D printed model allows the doctor to view the three-dimensional site of surgery before the operation. It helps him plan the surgical plan. This is especially useful for complex surgeries as it reduces the risks and increases the success rate.
Applications of 3D Printing in Dentistry
Dental clinics, laboratories and dentists need to take into consideration the cost of dental restorations and treatments. To improve efficiency and lower costs, many forward-thinking dental clinics have adopted digital dental technology. Recently, software-based dental restorations have gained popularity. Digital dental technology coupled with 3D printing offers high precision and efficiency at a low cost.
Applications of 3D Printing in Medical Device Manufacturing
The manufacturing of medical devices is similar to other products. For the verification of design, prototypes must be produced during the product development stage. Metal 3D-printing technology has become more capable than prototypes in medical device manufacturing. In order to repair an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury, a doctor first has to remove any remaining anterior ligament and then precisely replace the graft. In order to achieve accuracy and minimally invasive surgery, doctors must use a sophisticated and specialized surgical tool. It's difficult to work with the nickel-chromium alloy that is used to make this surgical tool. Traditional machining is expensive and takes a lot of time. In this situation, metal 3D-printing technology is more appropriate for manufacturing.
Use of 3D printing for manufacturing medicines
Three-dimensional printing has an impact on pharmaceuticals in four ways: first, it allows for personalized customization of active ingredients; second, it allows patients to have personalized treatment plans. This layer by layer printing method allows the different coatings to tightly combine with each other, so that a patient can swallow only a few tablets or smaller ones. The third aspect is the ability to customize the shape. 3D-printing technology can be used to print various shapes that are appealing to children who do not like taking medicine.
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