There are some very interesting medical applications for 3D printing and it shows the process is very much a viable manufacturing process and not just a method to create prototypes. This interesting article highlights five areas:

  1. Prosthetics – much lower cost and bespoke to the individual
  2. Equipment and devices – cutting cost. single use avoiding the need for sterlisation after use
  3. Models – using CT scans for preparing for surgery or custom implants
  4. Scaffolds – for promoting bone growth or cartilage
  5. 3D-printed tissue – building new organs using an individual’s own blood cells

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