3D printing is transforming the medical industry.
Until about now, if you invented a tangible product and were planning on bringing it to market, chances are you’d need to find or set up a factory, complete with the equipment and production lines necessary to build the item. But soon, this approach to startup manufacturing might be more like “chances were” than chances are, all thanks to strides in 3D printing.
By laying down and fusing thin layers of plastic, metal or cement to produce a thing, 3D printing makes a digital creation into a physical one. More and more manufacturers – from shoe companies to the aerospace industry – have deployed this technology to accelerate their production processes, reducing both time and cost. And now, some of 3D printing’s most notable potential is showing up in the medical field.
Med companies are already 3D printing their way out of longstanding problems:
Next on the horizon is organ bioprinting, which could completely change the game for transplants. It’s no wonder more hospitals are expected to make the significant financial investment in 3D printing in coming years. They’re finding that the benefits of in-house 3D printing far outweigh the costs, especially given the aging population’s rising demand for the services 3D printing can make faster, better or both.
Sources: aha.org; cnn.com; investopedia.com; med-technews.com