Skip to main page content
Access keys NCBI Homepage MyNCBI Homepage Main Content Main Navigation
Review
, 2019, 5340616
eCollection

The Role of 3D Printing in Medical Applications: A State of the Art

Affiliations
Review

The Role of 3D Printing in Medical Applications: A State of the Art

Anna Aimar et al. J Healthc Eng.

Abstract

Three-dimensional (3D) printing refers to a number of manufacturing technologies that generate a physical model from digital information. Medical 3D printing was once an ambitious pipe dream. However, time and investment made it real. Nowadays, the 3D printing technology represents a big opportunity to help pharmaceutical and medical companies to create more specific drugs, enabling a rapid production of medical implants, and changing the way that doctors and surgeons plan procedures. Patient-specific 3D-printed anatomical models are becoming increasingly useful tools in today's practice of precision medicine and for personalized treatments. In the future, 3D-printed implantable organs will probably be available, reducing the waiting lists and increasing the number of lives saved. Additive manufacturing for healthcare is still very much a work in progress, but it is already applied in many different ways in medical field that, already reeling under immense pressure with regards to optimal performance and reduced costs, will stand to gain unprecedented benefits from this good-as-gold technology. The goal of this analysis is to demonstrate by a deep research of the 3D-printing applications in medical field the usefulness and drawbacks and how powerful technology it is.

Figures

Figure 1
Figure 1
3D-printing workflow.

Similar articles

See all similar articles

Cited by 2 PubMed Central articles

References

    1. Arun H. Healthcare 3D Printing Market 2018 Prominent Players-Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, Aspect Biosystems, Bio 3D Technologies, Biobots, Cyfuse Biomedical, Digilab, 3 Dynamics Systems, Envision Tec, Luxexcel, Materialise NV, Nano 3D Biosciences, Oceanz, Organovo Ho. http://www.openpr.com.
    1. Ventola C. L. Medical applications for 3D printing: current and projected uses. Pharmacy and Therapeutics. 2014;39(10):704–711. - PMC - PubMed
    1. Jones D. B., Sung R., Weinberg C., Korelitz T., Andrews R. Three-dimensional modeling may improve surgical education and clinical practice. Surgical Innovation. 2016;23(2):189–195. doi: 10.1177/1553350615607641. - DOI - PubMed
    1. Mazher I. M., Angus P. F., Santosh K. M., Gibson I. Customised design and development of patient specific 3D printed whole mandible implant. Proceedings of the 27th Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium; August 2016; Austin, TX, USA.
    1. Ackland D. C., Robinson D., Redhead M., Vee Sin Lee P., Moskaljuk A., Dimitoulis G. A personalized 3D-printed prosthetic joint replacement for the human temporomandibular joint: From implant design to implantation. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. 2017;69:404–411. doi: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2017.01.048. - DOI - PubMed

Publication types

LinkOut - more resources

Feedback