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3D Printing in the Medical Sector : 4 Ways 3D Medical Printing is Improving Medicine

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3D printing has created quite a buzz in various sectors. Be it 3d printed shoes, pens or even jewelry the final products look exactly like their costlier counterparts and even costs much lesser. When it comes to medical sector 3D printing has proved to be a boon for medical professionals. It is only due to effective benefits which we will take up in this article that much of advancements in 3D printing have been noted in the medical sector.

 3D Printing in the Medical Sector

A three-dimensional image is printed with the help of a digital model. This image can be anything from a shoe, machine to even a prosthetic leg. The 3D model is printed by depositing layer by layer of a material with which the model is being made such as plastic, glass or metal.

There are many benefitting aspects to 3D printing that is making a change in lives of many people. It is of no wonder that medical professionals have started to get printed medical equipment and human body parts. Today, people with burnt skin are able to get renewed flawless skin due to 3D printing. The medical professionals are able to research and look for appropriate medication for several ailments by doing their experiments on 3D printed body parts. The fact that a 3D image is an exact replica of real body part gives a better understanding of the anatomy of a human body part.

So, how has 3D printing benefitted the field of medicine? Here is your answer:

1- Customized Training Models

Medical practitioners have to constantly work on to better the existing treatment procedures and side by side gain a better understanding of human body. As of now the trend is to carry out experiments on animals, cadaver or other anatomical models. With 3D printing, customized models are printed which are accurate and realistic to carry out the respective medical procedures. The complexity of human body is such that it is quite difficult to be certain of what works on an animal will work on a human.

These medical models can be printed according to the exact medical condition of a patient. Thus, a better remedy to the medical condition can be obtained with customized training models for the well-being of patients.

2- Better Preparedness for Operation/Surgery

With the x-ray, CT scan there is a limitation to the information operating surgeons can attain. With 3D printed models which can be printed for the exact ailment or disease, a patient is suffering from gives a chance to get to the root cause of the disease and work out an effective plan for the surgery.
This reduces time spent brainstorming over possibilities rather a definitive strategy is charted out. 3D models are based on real patient anatomy. When the operating surgeons are sure about their plan of action it ultimately contributes to their confidence.

3- Improved Prosthetics and Bionics

The traditional prosthetics are costly and cannot be afforded by everyone. This is where 3D printing proves to be more than benefiting. A digital imprint of an individual is prepared to print a prosthetic which is exactly the size of prosthetic required by the respective individual. The cost of 3D printed prosthetic is much lower than the traditional one.

On the other hand, bionics is costlier considering that they are customized according to the anatomy of an individual. Over time an individual outgrows this bionics which makes the investment null. The result is that the bionic is uncomfortable. 3D printed prosthetics or bionics are appealing in style and are cost effective.

4- Medical Equipment Manufacture

Medical sector thrives with a steady growth of innovation. The medical equipment has to evolve and blend in the advanced technological features without much delay. An advanced set of tools or equipment can make a great difference to the outcome of any surgery. Now, when we consider the cost associated with innovating medical equipment it does play a vital role.

The cost spent on medical equipment can be greatly used by designing 3Dprinted types of equipment and making a steady change to the existing models based on the inputs of the concerned medical professionals. These equipment are printed i.e. manufactured in less time and with a much lesser investment. With a quick feedback, the final equipment can be procured in a lesser amount of time than compared to traditional methods.

These were some of the benefits that 3D printing has ensured to the medical field. There is continuing success with 3D printing that has garnered the attention of all around the world. With continuous research and innovation 3D, printing is sure to make a huge impact on the medical field which is only expected to help find better remedies to diseases.

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