What You Need to Know About Medical Device 3‑D Printing

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What You Need to Know About Medical Device 3-D PrintingThroughout history, healthcare workers have always looked for new ways to treat people and improve their quality of life. With today’s technology, that work has become much easier and faster, and new medical products are being developed at an incredible rate. One technology that is of interest to medical product companies is 3-D printing, as it has a huge range of potential applications in healthcare. In this article, our team at Hark Health Services, will go over a few key things you should know about medical device 3-D printing.

  • How 3-D Printing Works – Before we get into medical device 3-D printing, we should explain how 3-D printing works in general. A 3-D printer uses a computer to move a nozzle in a programmed path. A filament of plastic, resin, or similar material is fed into the nozzle, which heats the material up enough to alter its shape, and then its movements create various shapes out of this material. The piece is built up layer by layer until it is complete, at which point it can be removed from the 3-D printer.
  • Medical Applications of 3-D Printing – As you might have guessed, 3-D printing can be used to create a huge array of medical devices. For example, you’ve probably seen videos of amputees using 3-D-printed hands or other prosthetics. Other types of medical device 3-D printing include instrumentation, which involves creating guides for the surgical placement of internal devices, as well as printing various internal devices (such as hip replacements) themselves. In addition, scientists are currently researching ways to use 3-D printing technology to create replacements for living organs, but this research is still in its very early stages.