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The collision between 3D printing technology and medical treatment may bring more gospel to patients in the future

2021-11-26 13:00:06Source of article:EasyMFG

3D printing technology has attracted much attention since its inception. Nowadays, with the development of technology, 3D printing technology has been widely used in many industries, especially in the medical industry. It is reported that recently, with the help of 3D printing technology, American doctors have made artificial limbs for a disabled duck to enable it to move normally.

Duck with prosthesis printed by 3dp
Duck with prosthesis printed by 3dp

3D printing technology has been widely used in the medical industry

This is not the first case of using 3D printing technology to make a usable prosthesis. As early as 2014, doctors, in cooperation with scientists, successfully used the technology to put a palm on a 5-year-old girl with a disabled left arm. In addition, there are doctors who have successfully implanted 3D printed spine for patients, and used 3D printing technology to assist in designing the shape of the defective skull.

It is understood that 3D printing is based on digital model files, using powdered metal or plastic and other bondable materials to quickly shape objects through layer-by-layer printing. Its convenient and fast, one-to-one copy manufacturing characteristics meet the needs of customized and precise medical products, making this emerging technology increasingly widespread in the medical field.

Human organs printed by 3 printers
Human organs printed by 3 printers

Many hospitals in China accelerate the application of 3D printing in medical treatment

There are reports that many hospitals in China are accelerating the implementation of "3D printing technology + medical treatment", and many hospitals across the country have cases of 3D printing technology. This technology can print out the patient's organ model in advance for preoperative planning and advance exercise, which greatly reduces the time for surgical judgment and improves the treatment effect.

In addition, 3D printing technology can also be used in medical treatment for surgical guides and rehabilitation stents, orthopedic matching and human implants, and living organ printing. However, at present, the printing technology of living organs is still in the preliminary exploration stage both at the technical level and at the moral level.

3D printing has a bottleneck in medical treatment, but it has a bright future

Experts pointed out that 3D printing technology needs to be further "anthropomorphized." Whether it is material or hand feel, it must be as close to real human tissue as possible, and further improvements are needed in material diversity.It is reported that at present, 3D printing technology using metals, polymers, ceramics and biological materials has been developed around the world.

Although 3D printing technology can be applied more and more widely, because it is a personalized customized product and is limited by its own materials and technology, it is currently unable to be mass-produced, and can not to be popularized in clinical practice. However, these restrictions are being broken one by one, and the future 3D printing technology may bring gospel to more patients.