Last Updated on February 8, 2023 by Leizi
As for mass production of metals and plastics, most innovators would choose injection molding and die casting. At the same time, 3D printing is popular for low-volume prototyping. And in the medical industry, there are many applications of 3D printing.
Among other processing methods, 3D printing is a relatively new technique that uses digital models to create medical device parts layer by layer from powdered plastic or metal. This type of processing has various benefits for innovation in the medical industry. This article will explain the four benefits of 3D printing in the medical industry.
The processing principle of 3D printing begins with creating digital three-dimensional CAD files on a computer through software. It means that designers can modify the design directly on the drawing at any time. At the same time, they can collect patient data to make tailor-made medical devices or implants to speed up recovery. For example, prosthetics and orthopedic implants are medical devices made through 3D printing.
● Rapid Prototyping
High efficiency is one of the advantages of 3D printing processing. Compared with traditional machining methods, 3D printing does not require customized tools, fixtures and minimum production quantity restrictions. Once the final drawings and other processing requirements are confirmed, production will get started soon.
With 3D printers, doctors can make high-precision models of human organs to simulate and study the details of surgical operations and reduce surgical risks for patients.
Besides that, 3D printing prototyping projects can be completed in a few days or even a day. It is undoubtedly a way for designers to create prototypes quickly, pass multiple prototype tests, which will reduce the development cycle of medical devices.
3D printing does not require other industrial equipment, because there are types of portable 3D printers on the market. In the medical industry, the penetration rate of portable 3D printers is very high. Once any medical emergency happens, doctors can make some simple medical devices in time. For example, in various basketball or football games, if any player’s face is injured, a mask can be made on the spot.
● Reduce waste and cost
3D printing builds parts by accumulating materials layer by layer, and does not need to cut materials. Thus, it can reduce the waste of raw materials and the cost of materials required.
In addition to material cost savings, 3D printing can save on the cost of using other processing machines. The operators need to set up all the programs, and the 3D printer can start printing automatically.
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