How 3D printing is disrupting personalized medicine: Page 2 of 2

January 18, 2019 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
How 3D printing is disrupting personalized medicine
After model and prototype construction as well as the production of small series in numerous branches of industry, additive manufacturing, also known as generative manufacturing or 3D printing, is now conquering medicine. The innovative manufacturing process provides a basis for personalized medicine, says the market research company IdtechEx. In a current study, the market observers explain where the best opportunities lie and how all this is to work.

Given these benefits, 3D printing is gaining popularity in the field of dentistry, and is also emerging as a method of manufacture for several other medical devices where customization is key to improved patient comfort and improved therapeutic outcomes.

3D printing has drastically simplified the process flow from design to
the product. Medicine, with its high demand for individual customized
solutions is an ideal applications field.

The range of applications for 3D printing is not limited to the manufacture of medical devices. It is also also used increasingly in surgical procedures. Examples are the creation of patient-specific 3D models for teaching and visualization, intraoperative surgical guides and disposable surgical instrumentation, as well as custom implants, valves, and stents to be implanted into the patient. 3D printing advances surgical standards and improves efficiency, resulting in improved surgical outcomes for the patient. The implants produced this way are durable, lightweight and customized to fit the patient for better functional and aesthetic outcomes, the market researchers say.

Beyond manufacturing medical implants and models, 3D printing can used to create pharmaceuticals, such as patient-specific pills. Personalized medication is especially promising in disrupting the way chronic conditions are treated, by helping patients streamline the number of pills that they must take, and by creating patient-specific dosages that can limit unwanted side effects. As the development of 3D bioprinting continues to evolve, there is even scope for the implantation of personalized organs as part of regenerative medicine. 

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