Posted on 01/19/2018 at 12:00 AM by Chuck Fox
3D printing may seem young due to all the hype resonated by the media, but 3D printing is moving from its adolescence to a far more serious adulthood in which advancements offer the potential for solving big, life-threatening problems. Medical technology is an area that 3D printing has been shaking up for decades and promises to continue to change our lives.
Dental implants were the first 3D printed medical appliances and the technology quickly advanced into other objects that benefited from nuanced organic shapes including hearing aids, contact lenses, and a variety of prosthetics. 3D printing not only facilitated creating organic shapes it also made it easy to customize the shape of the appliance to suit an individual patient’s needs.