The 3D Printing Business Directory dedicates an entire category to the medical applications of 3D printing. These include the area of customized medicine for production of prosthetics and implants. This is one of the fastest growing within the 3D printing industry. The Medical Services category also includes dentistry, which is one of the largest sectors for 3D printing. The dental industry is also one of a few segments where 3D printing can provide serial production capabilities.
This category includes companies that use 3D printing to manufacture better implants and those that provide medical services. Companies can 3D print implants using titanium as well as bioceramics (hydroxyapatite, tricalcium phosphate) or high performance polymers such as PEEK and in general PAEK family materials. Other companies in this category belong to dentist and orthodontic laboratories. These businesses use ceramics, polymers and metals to produce dental implants, temporary replacements and surgical guides.
The prosthetics subcategory includes both companies that use 3D printing to develop more advanced and functional upper and lower limb prostheses and companies that use low-cost 3D printing technologies to make basic prosthetic devices available to more people than even before, especially children who are still growing.