There has been a lot said about the promise of 3D printing. 3D printing has the capability to democratize the manufacturing process for many people and to bring innovative solutions to many limitations of the current manufacturing process. One of the industries that is looking to see the pot
3D bio-printing is expected to grow exponentially over the next decade. As 3d printing technology becomes more sophisticated, hip joints, knee replacements and false teeth can know be printed with such precision, they can be used in patients who need them.
Medical implants are expected to drive the growth of the 3D printing industry. In a recent report, dentistry and medical companies will increasing harness the capabilities of 3D printing for patient treatment purposes, with the potential to develop printable skin and organs. The dental and medical 3D printing markets are expected to grow over 365% to nearly $900m in 2025 according to IDTech EX, before bio-printing. If Bio-printing organs, using living tissues, such as skin, livers, kidneys are commercialized, analyst expect that market to be at $6 billion in 10 years.
Although now most people now 3D printing for producing crude plastic little toys, there are many high resolution 3D printing machines that have been developed and are being developed to help print implants. For example, ceramic jaws and teeth implants are already being developed. Even metal hip and knee replacements.
The process will be the same a nozzle lay out a fine sedimentary layers of material to exact specifications. The benefit is that with 3D printing are the amount details and customization that will be produced for individual body types, this is critically important as all bodies are different.
Although printing complete organs may be decades away, samples of tissue for laboratory toxicology test can be done within the next 5-10 years, helping the medical market to outpace all other 3D printing sectors. There is a lot of unanswered questions about the commercial viability of bio-printing because it does not exist yet, but all of medical professionals who were interviewed by IDTech EX, thought commercial applications were possible in the next 10 years. Currently dental labs have invested in the technology to print teeth for patients who need replacements.There have also been breakthroughs with bio-printing skin, where scientist have been able to extend the life of a piece of skin tissue from a few hours to 40 days. which is closer to the three months needed for testing toxicology.
Currently , many 3D printers are used in the automotive industry, where they help produce prototypes for cars and car parts., The next biggest market is aerospace.
There are have already been successful development and implementation of 3d printing for hip and bone stem cell grafts. In sSouthampton UK. Doctors and scientist completed the first hip surgery with a 32D printed implant. The 3D printed hip was made of titanium and design based on the patient’s CT scan. The implant is a game changer , as the 3D printed parts are exact measurements for the patient and will reduce the risk of having to to undergo another surgery. The bone graft material will have excellent bio-compatibility and strength because 3D printing allows all components to be fused together without dispersed pieces. Usage of 3D printed bone graft will reduce fracture and bone loss due to trauma. The exact fit on the patient will improve recovery and quality of life