Application of 3D printing technology in the medical industry


Aug 15, 2023

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The 3D printing industry has been a leading high-tech in the last 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 a three-dimensional model based on CT or MRI images of the patient before the operation. You then print it 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 the doctor plan their surgical plan. This is especially useful for complex surgeries as it reduces the risks and increases the success rates.

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 the ability to perform complex surgical device production tasks. For example, during the repair of an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury, the doctor first has to remove any remaining anterior ligament and then precisely replace the graft. In order to achieve accuracy and minimize invasiveness, doctors must use a sophisticated and specialized surgical tool. The nickel-chromium alloy that is used to make this surgical tool is a hard-to-process metal. Traditional machining is required to manufacture it, but it is time-consuming and expensive. In this situation, metal 3D-printing technology is more suitable 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 maximum dosage of a substance can be placed into a pill so that patient can swallow only a few smaller tablets. The third aspect is that shape can be tailored. 3D-printing technology can be used to create various shapes that are appealing to children who do not like taking medicine.

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