Medical Additive Manufacturing

The medical sector, which encompasses dental, is today one of the largest adopters of 3D printing technologies for the production of consumer-targeted items, including prosthetics, implants, dental replacements and physical models.

Though the focus of much media coverage, the use of 3D printing technologies extends well beyond 3D printed implants. Surgical guides and pre-surgical models are widespread, so much so that they can, in a way, be compared to the broad adoption of AM for prototyping and tooling in the industrial manufacturing arena. Leading AM hardware manufacturers, such as 3D Systems, EnvisionTEC, EOS and SLM Solutions, along with service providers like Materialise, are investing heavily to develop both medical and dental AM applications.

While the benefits of AM technologies for personalized medicine and more efficient surgical practices are well documented, several hurdles still exist that are limiting a more widespread adoption of these key technologies in hospitals and medical practices. Several of these hurdles are inherent to AM technologies and related material availability, however, the biggest challenges result from a general lack of awareness and skepticism, resulting in a slow pace of adoption.

Today, significant strides are being takenmainly in the private segmenttoward the development of advanced polymers, metals and ceramics fit for implantation in humans. The private dental segment is going through a full-size boom in the adoption of AM technologies and processes. With this month’s Industry Focus we hone in on the latest advancements and take a look at the upcoming opportunities for medical and dental AM.

Latest Medical and Dental AM news:

Nanoscribe’s nano 3D printing used to produced better cochlear implants

Based on Nanoscribe’s micro and nano 3D printing technology, scientists developed a 3D microscaffold cochlear implant for steroid elution. For…

1 day ago

MedTech3D and Axial3D to bring 3D printing to South African hospitals

MedTech3D and Axial3D, two medical technology companies with a focus on 3D printing, have announced a partnership through which they…

1 day ago

UK researchers develop 3D printed myoelectric prosthetic for toddlers

A team from the University of Lincoln in the UK are developing the first toddler-sized myoelectric prosthetic. The medical device,…

5 days ago

LimaCorporate opens new facilities dedicated to 3D printing orthopedics

LimaCorporate, an Italy-based multinational specializing in orthopedics, has today announced the launch of a new Research & Innovation Center (R&I…

6 days ago

3D printed patient-specific airway stents approved by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued approval for patient-specific airway stents made with 3D printing. The custom…

2 weeks ago

One step closer to 3D bioprinting a prosthetic ovary

A group of scientists has achieved a significant milestone in the development of a 3D printed and implantable artificial ovary,…

2 weeks ago

FossiLabs presents 3D printed PEEK bone-like scaffolding structures

FossiLabs, LLC, a startup company focused on engineering porous bone-like structures in polyether ether ketone (PEEK), launched the first-ever fused…

2 weeks ago

Custom 3D printed footwear allows young boy to maintain active lifestyle

3D printing is touted in the footwear industry for creating opportunities for customization. As demonstrated in the story below, custom…

4 weeks ago

The 3D printing trailblazers on MIT’s ‘Innovators Under 35 List’

Every year, a curated selection of young innovators from across research and industry are highlighted in the prestigious “Innovators Under…

1 month ago

3D Bioprinting Solutions and Vivax Bio conduct successful in-situ bioprinting of skin grafts on rats

3D Bioprinting Solutions and the P. A. Hertsen Moscow Oncology Research Center conducted a unique experiment on implant in-situ bioprinting…

1 month ago