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The Undeniable Impact of 3D Printing Technology on the Healthcare Industry

Pooja Gangwal

Pooja Gangwal

May 23, 2019
The Undeniable Impact of 3D Printing Technology

The 3D printing technology was first developed in the year 1984. However, advancements in the technology have made it a viable option for many cost-effective solutions. Improving affordability of 3D printing is helping companies to manufacture household tools, stationery, and other items.


Over the years, scientists and engineers have experimented with usage of 3D printing technology in the healthcare field. A lot has been discussed about how to utilize 3D printers to reduce healthcare costs and treat injured or sick patients. Although the 3D printing in the medical sphere has been fairly new, its significance cannot be ignored.

Use of 3D Printers in Advanced Surgical Procedures

3D printers are already manufacturing medical equipment and the surgical devices that can match a patient's body type. These printers are perfectly capable of delivering products with utmost precision and accuracy. With the help of this specialized surgical equipment, it helps doctors in treating the needs of their patients with more efficiently and effectively.

The 3D printing is already been used to build extremely complex surgical equipment at a cheaper cost as compared to conventional equipment. Thus, the healthcare industry is expected to turn to 3D printing technology to offer affordable medical assistance to patients.

Using 3D Printing in Creating Body Parts

Today, 3D printing technology is predominantly being used for manufacturing body parts. Impressively, medical technology companies have been using the printing technology methods to make new body parts or new skin for victims suffering from burns as well as implants for babies and toddlers who are suffering from several respiratory problems.

Engineers and medical professionals is using this technology in creating more complex implants for injured patients with continuous development in 3D printing technology. Furthermore, doctors intend to utilize this technology for making new feet, hands, ears, legs, eyes, and noses for the ailing patients seeking replacements. Similarly, the pathologists are also trying to figure out the use of 3D printing technology for examining diseases and infections.


There are some of the possibilities of using 3D printing technology to improve surgical procedures. For instance, scientists at Princeton are developing a bionic ear from the 3D printing technology, which is capable of identifying radio frequencies that the human ear cannot hear. In the coming years, reconstructive surgeries are projected to achieve a higher success rate with the help of 3D printing technology. In a year old issue of Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons it was reported that customized and real-sized 3D printed visual reference will aid surgical procedures.

Future of 3D Printing


However, a lot needs to be proven and tested before 3D printing technology becomes a full-fledged part of the healthcare sector. We are still far away from being reliable to create new body parts or organs with the help of 3D printers. The technology will continue to develop how the surgeons and physicians treat their patients. 3D printing will also have a massive effect on the industries outside the medical sphere. It is very interesting to think that with the help of 3D printing technology, things such as a vehicle, shirt or new organs can eventually be created.

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