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Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing: An Essential in Pediatrics

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The life-saving use of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies is to create custom-made prostheses, models of organs, implants, dentures and more are a boon to the healthcare industry.  Additive manufacturing and 3D printing are a great way to create smaller tools for surgeries. In the upcoming years, the development in bio-printing will help the surgeons to use patient’s cells to create a new organ.

3D printing is a time-saving technique which is on high demand for its advanced developments in recent years. From 3D printing for kidney replacement to 3D printed implants and dentures, 3D printed tracheal splints, 3D printed skull, 3D printed hearts are saving kids with the congenital disability are made possible and available by biomedical engineers. 

Additive manufacturing allows creating new implants quickly. Additive manufacturing of 3D printed surgery tools or prosthesis help doctors performs delicate surgeries without complication or difficulty. The wide range of 3D printing technologies and materials are available for various medical purposes and practice before any surgery.

There are many applications of additive manufacturing to meet diverse needs such as a visualization tool; a means to create highly customized products for consumers and also to produce small lots of production parts.

Additive manufacturing encompasses other technologies such as Rapid Prototyping (RP), DDM (Direct Digital Manufacturing, layered production and additive fabrication for various purposes. Additive manufacturing is also used to fabricate end-use products in dental restorations and medical implants too.

Advanced additive manufacturing and 3D printing devices are adapted quickly to the morphology of a child. 3D technology is a solution to create and develop customized prostheses for children. With the availability of such advanced technology no patient (adult or child) has to wait for donors for months or years. Additive manufacturing helps them get their surgeries done quickly and efficiently saving time.

By simulating the surgery and adopting the right gesture and order, the doctor knows exactly what to do during surgeries.

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