At this point in the medicine, the three dimensional printing is used in the following ways:
Creation of prosthesis and implants
The creation of prosthesis is of great importance in the medicine. Despite their long history of development, it is still hard to adapt standard parts to numerous physical differences of the patients. This is the reason why the 3D printing is becoming the leading technology for the producers of modern prosthesis and doctors. The possibility to use the technology to create personalized parts based on the predefined 3D models is turning it into the most appropriate way for making prosthesis and implants or special parts of them.
The necessary computer 3D models are usually available thanks to various other technologies, like 3F medical scanning; therefore the technology doesn’t need lots of resources and changes in order to be implemented. The materials that the new3D printers use are specially designed for these medical applications and they are approved by global associations and agencies.
Simulation of complex surgical manipulations
Each one of us has our own unique physiology. When a patient needs a complicated surgery, it is very unlikely that it will resemble completely the operation of another patient. This is the reason why the surgical maniputlations require thorough planning appropriate to the condition of the person.
The three dimensionally scanned and printed parts of the body provide the surgeons with this exact personalized physiological analysis of the patient. The technology allows printing of the bone structure of the person to show outside the body the exact traumas and fractures. In this way the specialists have the possibility to create the best strategy for operating for the particular patient.
Dentistry and dental prosthetics
In the dental medicine, the 3D printing is used instead of some traditional methods of creating dentures, crowns, bridges, implants, surgical aids, and alignment tools. As in other industries, the technology reduces the production time, costs and it often provides a better end product. In order to meet the industry’s requirements the most precise technologies are being used – SLA, DLP, Carbon – and special biocompatible resins and polymers.