How 3D Printing Is Revolutionising the Medical Industry

How 3D Printing Is Revolutionising the Medical Industry

Healthcare is one field where 3D printing has had a long-term influence. Previously, 3D printing was mostly utilized by large manufacturers who could afford pricey machines and materials. 3D printing technology has improved and gotten more inexpensive over the years, making it a viable choice for a wide range of businesses. Medical practitioners, in particular, are starting to embrace 3D printing to improve their practices and provide more tailored and cost-effective healthcare alternatives to their patients.   

3D printing in medicine enhances the everyday job of all medical experts, allowing them to save an increasing number of lives on a regular basis. Let's take a closer look at how 3D printing is revolutionizing the medical sector.  

Surgery Preparations

For the profession of medicine, 3D printing is used for creating a very patient-specific replica of the organs that the surgeons can practice on, before taking up on any complex surgeries. This method has been shown to accelerate operations while minimizing patient trauma. This is the sort of treatment practice that has been proved to be successful, enabling the surgeons to perform very well in any type of operation, ranging from facial transplants to procedures of the spinal cord. That’s why this is becoming more and more of a common practice for medical experts. 

Treatment Testing

Treatment testing can be aided by additive manufacturing. Bioprinting will allow for the printing of actual human skin, enabling for the testing of novel medicines without the use of animals. Because 3D bioprinting and the utilization of natural, human-safe materials are not new, this technology may be utilized to identify and work with cancerous cells. The cells would be taken from the patient, placed in a hydrogel, and 3D printed in the shape of a fist to mimic a tumour. Following this technique, the printed model of a tumour may be evaluated for various medicines, with the goal of eliminating hazardous and ineffective drug testing on people. 


3D Printed Drugs

3D printing of drugs in the medical field is one of the most revolutionary technologies, and it has a huge potential to completely transform healthcare and medicine by making them more affordable, individualized, and accessible for everyone. Multiple medications may already be printed in a 3D printer on a single tablet, known as a polypill. 

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Orthopaedic implants

Orthopaedic implants are such medical devices that are surgically used in place of missing or broken bones or joints, and these are uses that benefit most from the technology of 3D printing. This revolutionary technology helps medical experts to develop implants that are better-fitting, endure longer, and function better. Today, the technique may be utilized to create a broad variety of body implants which can include hip, spinal, cranial, and knee implants. One of the factors that drive the increasing demands of these 3D printed implants is the improved performance. Because of the design freedom provided by the technology of 3D printing, such implants which have a porous surface structure can easily be created, allowing for quicker integration of a live bone with the artificial implant.  

With amazing things occurring in the medical field with 3D printing, such as detailed 3D models, personalized equipment, prostheses, bone restoration, and synthetic organs, there's no doubt that this is the future of medicine and healthcare. This revolutionary technology of 3D printing in medicine is poised to play a very important role in the future of the healthcare industry. The 3D printing technology of today aids the surgical team in both ways: inside the operation room with surgical instruments and outside with anatomical models before a surgery. This technology also allows for the production of dental items at a lower cost and faster, as well as the provision of personalized treatment via custom-made equipment and implants. 


How 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing the Medical Industry written by Dr Moin Iqbal 

Dr Moin Iqbal MBBS is a Medical Practitioner and Writer. You can contact Dr Iqbal here.