3D printing in medicine: How the technology is increasingly being used to save lives (VIDEO)

3D printing, also known as rapid prototyping or additive manufacturing, used to be the manufacturing industry’s best kept secret but now the technology is being used to transform many industries, including medicine. Over the past year, hospitals around the world have begun talking about their burgeoning use of 3D printing in health care, …

from 3D printing an entire skull, to rehearsing incredibly complex surgeries and creating implants for reconstructive surgery. “If I didn’t have 3D printer technology, I wouldn’t be able to do my work,” Dr Muhanad Hatamleh, a senior clinical maxillofacial prosthetist at King’s College Hospital, told IBTimes UK at the 3D Printshow 2015 in London.

“3D printing is revolutionising every aspect of the medical industry. It saves time, it saves more lives and it improves the efficiency of the surgery as well.”

There are also great hopes for bioprinting, such as 3D printing human cells. The technology is still in its infancy but great strides have been achieved in the past few years. … (read more)

Source: IBtimes.co.uk

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