How 3D Printing Is Changing Medicine And Prosthetics

The future as well as the present of medicine is will be heavily influenced by the capabilities 3D printers, the Huffington Post reports, in the article Miracle Science – Six Amazing Medical Breakthroughs, by Jodie Tyley.

When it comes to prosthetics, 3D printers have enabled professionals who design and create the limbs, to produce them much faster and more accurately than ever before. With 3D printed prosthetic limbs being much cheaper to produce than their traditional counterparts, the practice has come on leaps and bounds in the past few years. Jodie Tyley says in her article “3D printers are a natural fit for creating prosthetics”.

The article goes on to tell us that some of the most impressive 3D printers use a different kind of ink. Precision techniques being used by scientists means they can combine various medicines into a single compact pill. This would allow medical professionals to quickly and accurately administer drugs to patients, by giving them custom made pills, containing the exact required dosage on an individual to individual basis.

It doesn’t stop at prosthetics and pills, when it comes to using 3D printers for medical purposes. 3D printers can also generate and print real living human cells. Designed to form sheets of tissue that can be used as grafts, these printers could be real life changers, for some patients.

The Wake Forrest School of Medicine, based in North Carolina, USA, specialises in regenerative medicine and they are working on a number of projects involving 3D printers. One such project involves printing entire organs and skin cells straight onto a person’s body. It sounds like something from a Sci-Fi movie and is still under debate, whether or not this would actually be possible, but for the sake of taking medicine to the next level, we hope that it is possible.

Sam Rose