30 August 2019 7:15
3D printing is creating an enormous opportunity for the medical industry. According to a report by market research firm, SmarTech Analysis, the market for medical 3D printing is currently estimated to be worth $1.25 billion. By 2027, the market value is set to grow to $6.08 billion. Clearly, the potential for 3D printing within healthcare is huge.    Multiple sectors within the medical industry are benefiting from 3D printing, including orthopaedics and dental. The technology is offering exciting new ways to provide personalised care and create better-performing medical devices.    In today’s article, we’ll ...
15 August 2019 11:50
[Image credit: Health Canada]   Creating better-fitting, longer-lasting and higher-performing bone implants is an ongoing quest for orthopaedists and surgeons alike. 3D printing is contributing enormously to the advancements in this area.    The technology is enabling  implant manufacturers to create implants with enhanced functionality and more personalised to specific patient needs. Furthermore, 3D printing opens the door to personalised implants which can be created at the point of care.     This week, we continue our 3D Printing Application Spotlight series by looking at the use of 3D printing for medical implants, as well as ...
03 May 2018 11:00
Metal additive manufacturing has experienced an explosive growth across a range of industries, which has led to the emergence of more 3D printing metals systems and machines on the market.  Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is one of the most popular 3D printing technologies, as it delivers high-quality metal components. There are a number of leading players in the market that provide DMLS 3D printers for industrial applications — but can you be sure which DMLS machine is right for your needs? We'll explore the range of DMLS machines available, ...
18 August 2017 16:20
There’s been a lot of interest in the press about the concept of using 3D printing to craft living tissues, particularly transplantable organs. But how does this new technology, called 'bioprinting', actually work? In simple terms, bioprinting is the practice of using 3D printing technology to generate organic cell structures rather than plastic or metal parts. This makes it possible to print functional tissue, which can then be used in medical research, or for transplant purposes. In the long-term, as the technology evolves, it could indeed be used for printing ...
17 August 2017 15:06
The medical sector is one of the most vibrant areas for additive manufacturing at the moment, with the technology establishing itself as an invaluable tool, both for education and on the hospital floor. Perhaps the most exciting time during any period of intensive innovation is when a relatively untested technology or technique is successfully put into practice. This might be to complete an ambitious project that showcases the concept’s possibilities, to make a tangible difference in someone’s life, or (best of all) both. The latter was definitely the case in ...
09 August 2017 11:54
Material science in additive manufacturing is rapidly evolving, largely in order to meet the increasingly sophisticated requirements of AM specialists and their clients. One especially intriguing development is the fulfilment of one of additive manufacturers’ long-held dreams: 3D printing with silicone. While the potential advantages of this approach have been obvious for many years, it is only recently that the available technology has evolved to the point where it could potentially become feasible.   Why silicone? Silicone is already a versatile and well-established material, used across different industries in a wide variety of ...
02 August 2017 16:22
An increasing number of industry leaders around the world are not only exploring how 3D printing can be applied within their workflows, but also showing their commitment to the technology by funding cutting-edge research into new printing methods, materials and process enhancements. This includes both investment in academic institutions’ work, the establishment of new research facilities, and support for 3D printing startups who are developing truly disruptive technologies. This financial commitment is a sign of how seriously manufacturers are taking 3D printing and its place in tomorrow’s smart factories. Let’s look ...
12 July 2017 15:27
3D printing has slowly but surely establishing itself in the medical world for a number of years now. While we’re still a long way from seeing a 3D printer in every hospital, recent successes and innovations suggest that day may in fact be closer than we previously would have expected. Let’s look at some of the most exciting ways doctors and 3D printing specialists are applying this technology to transform patients’ lives...   Prosthetic limbs Prosthetic limbs have always been extremely expensive, particularly the more sophisticated models. 3D printing allows doctors to design ...
05 July 2017 15:01
In September of last year, much was made in the scientific press of a new ink that could be used to 3D print flexible structures that would perfectly mimic human bones. The material’s creators were keen to stress its advantages over existing options for replacing damaged bones, such as taking bones from other parts of the body (a painful and invasive process) or implants (which could prove brittle and unreliable). In particular, the material’s flexibility meant that it could easily be shaped and manipulated in the operating room, allowing surgeons ...
10 May 2017 14:51
Fused deposition modelling remains one of the most popular techniques for 3D printing amongst hobbyists, AM bureaus and industrial manufacturing companies alike. In this tutorial, we’ll take a closer look at the mechanics of the process and share some practical tips for getting the most out of your chosen materials and 3D printers.   What is fused deposition modelling? Fused deposition modelling prints 3D objects by using a heated filament to manually build up layers of material. A thermoplastic material is heated to a semi-liquid state, after which an extrusion head builds the layers ...