Albeit costlier than existing implant solutions in healthcare, the precision of end-product is what ensures the success of the 3D-printing medical devices. Designed from the thoroughly analysed digital model,3D implants leave no room for error compared with traditional techniques, which often require extra processing, increasing waste and extraction costs.
As precision has improved, 3D printed medical implants, such as orthopaedic and dental implants, have seen impressive success rates over the past five years. Fact MR's market study estimates sales of medical implants continue to dominate the market.
Customisation is the current trend in medical implants market. Advances in 3D printers, materials and other technology have enabled manufacturers to design and deliver custom-made, high-resolution 3D-printed implants on patient demand.In the field of orthodontics, from the design of common dental casting to metal bridge, dental crown and other implants, 3D printing technology makes implant surgery better, faster and more cost-effective.
The next generation of medical 3D printing will attempt to combine 3D biological printing with tissue engineering to revolutionize organ transplantation.