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Health care is the focus of today\'s debate
But health care is not all about politics.
Innovations in treatment and technology are radically changing the way we care about each other, although there are still practices that are very outdated or fail to meet the goal of improving or saving lives.
Now, with the rapid development of additive manufacturing
The increasingly popular technology often referred to as 3D printers
The future of health care is moving forward in new ways that are familiar and dramatic.
While manufacturers of professional 3D printers are specialized in the development and promotion of 3D-
Printing technology, non-universe
Dental Medical applications are entering a stage of rapid growth.
3D printing: personalized medical models in the manufacturing context, 3D printing for medical applications is actually very unique compared to aerospace, automotive and other hot industries. Why?
The obvious answer is the human factor that exists in all healthcare applications, where costs tend to be a secondary concern for successful outcomes that can save lives or significantly improve quality of life. [
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But we made it recently.
Annual forecasts in the field, there is an extraordinary and powerful synergy between digital 3D design, medical imaging and 3D printing for medical applications.
Three aspects of medical problems
Doctors can use the patient\'s ability to solve
Capture, operate, and finally apply specific data for physical solutions of various shapes and sizes through 3D printing.
Without this technology, personalized drugs will be difficult because patients need unique components that can be made quickly and simply.
There are two particularly interesting areas where 3D printing has the potential to influence the lives of millions of people through a variety of revolutionary medical solutions: surgery and treatment of previously tricky health conditions.
In today\'s operating room, 3D-
Printing Applications in operating rooms are often limited to relatively few types of surgery, although doctors can easily apply lessons learned from one operation to many other operations.
For example, pioneering case studies in the use of printed 3D medical models are rapidly increasing interest and use of this technology, E. G. 2-year-
Old Mina Khan and the heart model allow the surgeon to build a custom implant to repair the defects in her heart and heart chamber.
The surgeon found 3D
Printing technology can reduce operating time, reduce the risk of errors or complications, and by using 3D-
Printed surgical models and tools
For example, this is evident in recent efforts to do a facial transplant.
Now, professional 3D printers will take photos
Cured resin with various textures, transparency and flexibility
Therefore, before surgery, surgeons can now use CT scan data from the patient\'s bones, blood vessels, or other organs to plan complex operations that are converted into 3D-
Printable digital files that can be operated and studied.
Operation for cutting or drilling into the skeleton structure-
Such as chin surgery, knee replacement and other joint surgery
3D printing also creates the perfect fit with printed custom guides and tools.
Using medical imaging and 3D
Modeling technology, doctors can now also use 3D printers to create temporary tools attached to the bone structure of patients, providing a precise \"blueprint\" for reshaping the bone structure to perfectly adapt to the standard-size implants. Custom-
The printed drilling guide ensures that the screws are placed precisely to ensure the best match with the patient\'s body.
In 10 years, 3D is likely
Printed medical models and customized surgical guidelines will be standard procedures for a variety of surgeries, including heart surgery, chin surgery, knee replacement, hip replacement, skull implants, shoulder surgery, spinal surgery, and many other operations.
Bring the most inspiring results of the rapid expansion of 3D to untreated people
Printed Medical solutions can help patients who had no previous hope for treatment.
Whether it\'s due to financial obstacles or the special circumstances of the disease, millions of people around the world are unable to undergo critical surgery.
Now, 3D printing can help remove these obstacles in some cases.
A particularly good example is the artificial hand and the radial direction (Below the elbow)prosthetics.
Relative to the overall market value, the demand for this prosthesis has not increased for most medical device companies.
Traditional crossbeam prosthetics are very expensive: usually $10,000 to $20,000 or more per device.
Prosthetic limbs are degraded in widespread use and if patients are young and still growing, prosthetic solutions are simply not practical --
Especially if the patient has another fully functional limb to rely on.
Thousands of people, if not thousands of people, can live a better life with a radial prosthesis without a viable solution. [3-
Printing materials imitating biological tissues]
But 3D printing changed that. and quickly.
In the past two years, even the cheapest 3D printers have revolutionized the number of fully customizable functional dummies that can be printed out. Total cost (
Because these are usually less than a few hundred dollars, because volunteer communities like ase
Connect those with printers and experience to those who need a prosthetic limb.
Even for people who don\'t have a printer, the functional fake hand suddenly becomes a possibility --
Including children who struggle during their childhood, because children no longer need artificial limbs in just a few months.
Now, people with printers can print out their child\'s new device in less than 24 hours.
In addition, the prosthesis can contain a unique custom design for each patient.
At present, many very happy children are making models with their favorite superheroes. 3D-
Printable implants for hips and spine, while still a small part of the overall market for implants, this is another good example of how the technology can bring treatment to those who are considered untherapeutic.
Implant providers are using industrial printers to create custom implants for patients who are having trouble finding traditional implant solutions.
The aging population continues to worsen, and it is not uncommon for people with poor hips and knees to undergo a second or even a third operation --
Professional implants manufactured through 3D printing are often the only way to treat these patients and they wantterm success. What\'s next?
In addition to proven solutions such as models, surgical guidelines, and implants, engineers are exploring more experimental but potentially longevity approaches
Change the consequences.
For decades, the status quo of the fracture stent has largely not been challenged.
Traditional fiberglass packaging requires specialists, which have a significant impact on daily life due to its bulky design and the limitation of keeping it dry.
This may soon be challenged by elegant 3D
The printable braces can be turned on and off in a few seconds while allowing the skin to breathe so that it doesn\'t break down like a traditional fiberglass package.
The ability to wear or remove the stent easily and quickly eliminates 90% of the appointment time spent by fracture patients with experts, saving overall costs.
The accessory design allows the wearer to have more freedom to live a normal life while recovering from injury.
Some 3D printed healthcare solutions are still in progress.
While the radial prosthetic leg of the hand is taking off, the prosthetic leg of the leg amputee still faces a major 3D printing challenge: the most readily available printer and printing material simply cannot withstand the ongoing requirements of the leg prosthesisCustom-
\"Exhibition\" making 3D printing \"-
In essence, it is an aesthetic improvement of traditional metal leg prosthesis.
3D printing is the only area where leg prosthetic limbs can be improved.
But the potential for future innovation is growing in these and other areas. [
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It is the innovators of medical design who are willing to think outside the norms of 3D printing that drives the change in healthcare. 3D-
Print medical applications, whether at the most experimental stage or at the edge of the traditional medical practice revolution, are all about three things: the ability to treat more people in places that were not feasible before
Bring better results to patients;
Less time is required under the direct care of medical experts.
This is the future of health care.
3D printing enables doctors to treat more patients without sacrificing results.
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