3D printing revolutionizes the field of medicine and breaks new ground

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3d printing / 18 September, 2021

Sofía R. Ustáriz Journalist

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3D printing is a technology that has come to revolutionize many fields today. New applications are constantly being achieved for it that demonstrate the versatility that this technology has. One of the fields that has benefited from this technology is medicine.

Although third-dimensional printing was created decades ago, specifically in 1980, technological advances have brought with them a boom of this technology and, currently, medical applications are explored such as: surgical preparation, regenerative medicine, pharmacology, among others.

Advantages and disadvantages of 3D printing

Advantages and disadvantages of 3D printing

Mass production presents a variety of challenges for society in the 21st century, both in terms of the relationship with the well-being of the environment and with the sustainability of the supply chain in relation to the demands of consumers: the world's population is growing every day and, with it, their needs for products and services.

3D printing and medicine: uses and applications

Even though there is a long way to go for 3D printing to evolve to solve major health problems, such as the creation of fully functional organs, You can already see an interest in the field of medicine by integrating and using this technology on a daily basis.

But what can 3D printing do in the medical field today?

To begin with, it is an excellent way to prepare for surgical processes beforehand. Medical staff can get exact replications of their patients’ organs and this allows them to anticipate potential problems during surgery. In this way, they can better react to emergencies and save lives.

In addition, 3D printing is able to create accessible prostheses for those who have lost limbs. Hundreds of thousands of people suffer accidents each year that entail the need for a prosthesis and the costs of them do not make it an accessible option for everyone. This then becomes one of the aspects that is changing 3D printing by making prostheses accessible and of good quality.

The use of medical instruments is also being influenced by this technology as 3D printing can facilitate the design of these instruments, turning them into more versatile instruments, with greater precision and comfort for professionals.

One of the most important technologies in which the use of 3D printing is being integrated is tissue engineering. The term is also known as 3D bioprinting and is based on the use of high-precision 3D printers to promote cell growth in the desired organ.

A long way to go

While this technology is now integrated into the field of medicine, new applications and possibilities are still being discovered. One of the most desired objectives is to be able to generate functional organs in order to help the thousands of people who are waiting for a transplant.

Like all technology and advancement, the role of investors in the development of this technology is vital. Being part of the evolution of 3D printing can bring not only positive investment returns, but the satisfaction of helping thousands of people with health problems who currently do not have a quick or effective solution.

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