none

3D PRINT NEW KEYS, PARTS… AND BONES?

01-05-2016
by 
in 

As the 3D printing industry surges in popularity, there seems to be no end to the things that are better off being addtively manufactured.

This year, tens of thousands of 3D printed skeletal replacements will be implanted into patients all around the globe, replacing the more traditionally made titanium implants.

Not only is the manufacturing process easier and more convenient: 3D printing opens up a safer way to make implants that are customized to a patient’s unique skeletal structure.

Doctors and surgeons increasingly recognise that healthcare is intensely personal, and it doesn’t get more objectively individual than the shape of our skeleton, which is influenced by our genes, our lifestyle, and the forces and stresses we put on it over the years.

Expecting a tradie to take the same implant as a manager isn’t always practical, even if the implant is going to be roughly the same size.

Due to these factors, implants are often complex. They replace parts of the skeleton that are geometrically convluted, or undergo significant force. 3D printing reduces the wasted time, the material, and the intricate procedures needed to make these structures.

While a great deal of research and development needs to be done (less than 1% of implants are custom-made for patients currently), it is clear that the future of implants is in additive manufacturing. 

Related news & editorials

  1. 22.01.2019
    22.01.2019
    by      In
    The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) became the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) on 1 January 2019.
    The new name was chosen by the association's members to reflect the needs of a diverse and growing membership and to acknowledge the increasing... Read More
  2. 22.01.2019
    22.01.2019
    by      In
    The Australian Made Red Energy Foundation Cup gives children aged 13 and under from regional and rural Australia the opportunity to participate in competitive tennis at the highest level. The tournament forms part of the Australian Made Summer of Tennis.
    New South Wales claimed the 2019 title over... Read More
  3. 22.01.2019
    22.01.2019
    by      In
    Online registrations are now open for Austech 2019, Australia’s premier advanced manufacturing and machine tool exhibition, set to take place at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 14th to 17th May.
    The opening of registrations marks a significant milestone in the build-up to this... Read More
  4. 21.01.2019
    21.01.2019
    by      In
    Australia’s largest automotive industry event heads to Melbourne in 2019, with the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo running at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th April. The event will feature more than 400 exhibitors and upwards of 10,000 professional... Read More