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:

Anouk Wipprecht leverages 3D printing for latest Rolls Royce Black Badge campaign

Anouk Wipprecht, one of the best-known tech-fashion designers making intensive use of 3D printing technologies, has worked with "bionic" singer…

23 hours ago

Stratasys launches J750 Digital Anatomy 3D printer for ultra-realistic medical models

Stratasys has introduced a new 3D printer model, the J750 Digital Anatomy system, targeted squarely at the medical industry. The…

2 weeks ago

Kuunda3D to distribute Copper3D antibacterial 3D printing filaments in African markets

Kuunda3D has been selected as the newly appointed distributor for Copper3D's antibaterial filament portfolio on African markets. Through their partner network…

3 weeks ago

Lithoz enters Brazilian market with sale of two CeraFab 7500 3D printers to biotech company

Plenum, a Brazil-based biomedical company, recently adopted two Lithoz CeraFab 7500 3D printers to support the production of next-gen bone…

3 weeks ago

DePuy Synthes releases CONDUIT 3D printed implant portfolio for spinal fusion

DePuy Synthes, a medical device company owned by Johnson & Johnson, has expanded its range of 3D printed interbody implants…

4 weeks ago

PrinterPrezz and Osseus partner to develop family of new 3D printed spine implants

PrinterPrezz, a California company specializing in combining metal 3D printing, nanotechnologies and surgical expertise to design and manufacture next-generation medical…

4 weeks ago

FDA clears 3D Systems’ D2P software for anatomical models

3D Systems has received additional 510(k) clearance for its D2P (DICOM-to-PRINT) software for the medical industry. The software, which enables…

1 month ago

Carbon and Dentsply Sirona introduce new 3D printed denture workflow and material system

Veering from its recent cycling-related announcements, 3D printing company Carbon is launching a new premium digitally printable denture workflow and…

1 month ago

Evonik invests in Shanghai-based Meditool, a specialist in PEEK 3D printed implants

Evonik Venture Capital, the VC arm of German chemicals company Evonik, has announced an investment in Meditool, a Chinese startup…

2 months ago

NASA Nebraska launches Open Innovation contest for the design of 3D printed medical devices for space

Mankind is accelerating its exploration of space and the universe at an increasingly rapid pace. Manned habitations such as the…

2 months ago