3D printing technology is advancing and looks like it’s going to become one of the mainstream leading technologies in society. Many people in different parts of the world (scientists and consumer) are using this technology with pleasure because of its varied uses.
The future has arrived – that’s what should be said about 3D printing and its effect on human lives. While you are reading this, 3D printers are shaping our future. They have been applied with great success in aviation, education and, most importantly, healthcare.
Medical 3D printing, known as bioprinting, was one an ambitious dream in past. However, time and investment made it a reality. Now, 3D printers are able to help pharmaceutical companies create specific drugs, enabling rapid production of medical implants (tooth implant, parts of the human body), and improve the way doctors plan procedures. The main task of bioprinting is to create replacement organs for patients. Nevertheless, manufacturing for healthcare is still in progress. So, how has 3D printing changed the industry, and how will it affect the future of medicine?
Scientists can create living organisms by adding cells in a polymer or gel, which continue to function independently. Skin is naturally composed of layers, which makes it a perfect candidate for a 3D printed reconstruction.
It’s difficult to recreate organs like heart due to their sheer complexity. However, less complicated organs like kidneys and liver might become a reality within the next six years. 3D printing in healthcare will help not only with producing organs. Surgeries can make plastic anatomical models of the patient to help them perform more accurate surgery.
The 3D printers are easy to use. The installation of these machines in offices require a certain level of technological expertise from an employer’s perspective.
The most impactful benefit of bioprinting is the production of organs. Finding a suitable donor is a scrupulous process. If 3D printers will be able to create organs from scratch, there will be no need to wait for a replacement.
3D printing has enriched the healthcare industry with a huge amount of opportunities. Such manufacturing finds applications in a complicated surgery. The production of important medical tools and replacement of organs and skin. 3D printing has been easily adopted in so many industries due to their affordability and accessibility. Medical facilities and companies will need to change to accommodate 3D printers, but it’s a transformation which is justified.
Here are some amazing facts about 3D printing:
- The concept of a 3D printing dates back to the early 1980s.
- NASA has made a 3D printed pizza to feed astronauts in outer space.
- 3D printing produces products faster than the original production methods. Fast production and delivery to the market will increase customer comfort and the standards of living.
- The Nokia Lumia 820 housing was 3D printed and it took the Makerbot printer less than a day to finish it.
- It’s planned to send a robot to the Moon. The robot will be able to build the infrastructure on the Moon using 3D printing.
- Model Dita Von Teese became the first star to wear a 3D printed dress. The dress was made out of 3,000 different parts.