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How does 3D printing revolutionize traditional medicine?
Apr 18, 2018

In 1983, Chuck Hall, the father of 3D printing, created the world's first 3D printer and printed out a small wash cup.It was only a cup. It was small and dark.But the cup paved the way for a quiet revolution that is now revolutionising medicine.


Here are a few ways 3D printing has revolutionized the healthcare industry.

Personalized prosthesis


Amanda Boxtel is a patient who is paralyzed from the waist down.The traditional machine suite designed by Ekso Bionics allows her to reactivate, but does not maintain the symmetry and freedom of normal motion in a series of movements and is uncomfortable to use.


Unlike traditional, mass-produced prosthetics, the 3D printed prosthesis is customized for each user.By capturing Amanda's unique size in a digital way, she tailored a tailored suit for her, like a tailor, to make a beautiful, lightweight design that would fit Amanda's body.

Now the technology can also be used to make a nice, well-shaped, ventilated scoliosis bracket, prosthesis for amputees, and more products.

Bio-printing and tissue engineering.

Writing in the latest issue of the Australian medical journal, surgeon Jason Chuen warns of a major technological breakthrough that ultimately does not require a human organ transplant.Its working principle is as follows:


The process of 3D printing is that instruction computer stacked layer upon layer of specific material (usually plastic or metal powder), cast a layer at a time, until the final product (toys, a pair of sunglasses or scoliosis stents).Medical technology now USES the same technique to make tiny organs (" organs "), but using stem cells as production materials.Once these organs are printed, they can grow in the patient's body, and the kidneys or liver can take on heavy responsibilities when they fail.

3D printed skin for burn victims.

This may sound like a scene from Mary Shelley's sci-fi classic frankenstein, but its impact and cost savings make this breakthrough in 3D printing particularly important.For centuries, the choice to heal a broken skin was limited.Skin grafts are painful and leave horrific scars.Spa solutions have limited effect.But Spanish researchers now use the principle of 3D printing to show a prototype of a 3D bio-printer that can generate human skin.The researchers used bio-ink, which contains human plasma and extracts from skin biopsies, to print about 100 square centimeters of human skin in about half an hour.The technology has a promising future, bringing good news to patients with burns.



Finally, 3D printing is expected to revolutionize the pharmaceutical industry, greatly simplifying the daily lives of patients with multiple diseases.Many people take a lot of pills every day or week, and it's confusing when you take these pills, know how they interact with each other and take them (in the morning, in the evening, or in an empty stomach).


But 3D printing shows precision.Unlike traditional capsules, the 3D printed pill contains a variety of medicines, each with a different release time.The concept of the so-called "multi-effect pill" has been tested on people with diabetes, and the results are promising.


In the medical community, medicine/therapy, organs and equipment are necessary components, and the prospect of 3D printing is bound to revolutionize medicine.Because of the benefits of precision, speed and cost reduction, the way we treat and manage our health will no longer be the same, and it is worth celebrating.

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