Application of 3D printing technology in the medical industry

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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. The value of the technology is limitless. 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 purpose of a 3D printed model is for the doctor to be able to visualize the three dimensional structure of the surgery site before the procedure. This allows the doctor to plan the surgical plan. This is especially useful for complex surgery. It reduces the risks of surgery 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 phase. The metal 3D-printing technology has expanded beyond prototypes in the medical device field to handle complex manufacturing tasks. In order to repair 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 difficult to work with. Traditional machining is expensive and takes a lot of time. 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 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 create various shapes that are appealing to children who do not like taking medicine.

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