What is the stage of 3D printing implementation in hospitals?


An increasing number of hospitals across the world started to adopt 3D printing programs, aiming to improve quality, reduce lead times and to personalize patient care.

The 3D printing market can be categorized as medical implants, surgical guides, surgical instruments, hearing aids and personalized medical products. The medical implant segment is expected to grow at the fastest rate among all applications in the coming years.

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Comparing biocompatibilities of 3D-printed absorbable metal implants

Holger Jahr

by Holger Jahr, Uniklinik RWTH Aachen

Additively manufactured absorbable porous metal implants possess promising mechanical and degradation properties in vitro and thus hold potential to meet various clinical applications. A reliable evaluation of these novel implants, however, requires an improved predictability of their biocompatibility and in vivo degradation characteristics from in vitro results. Current pre-clinical in vitro evaluation of medical devices still occurs under largely static culture conditions, while dynamic interstitial fluid flow regulates clearance of degradation products in vivo.

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