3D printing is a relatively new type of technology that allows for the literal creation of a 3D product based on the dimensions entered on a computer. It has assisted the technological and engineering industry in more ways than one can say, but it has also proven to be beneficial within the medical industry. Those who work in medical device manufacturing have found that 3D printers have been able to change lives and increase patient longevity. You can read more below about how these 3D medical devices will be the next big breakthrough in the healthcare industry, especially as their uses continue to grow.
Assistance in Training
Doctors who are just in their residency or who have just completed medical school have to still undergo so much training when they first enter their jobs. Many of these new doctors may even choose to undergo training voluntarily as they may be so nervous about the new role they are about to take on. 3D medical devices can assist in this training protocol for new doctors or for any doctor when there is a new technique. The models that come from 3D printers look like real human organs and parts so that doctors can practice with them to receive more accurate training.
Creation of Artificial Organs
There are patients around the world who are waiting on the transplant list so that they can continue their lives. They may require a liver, kidney, or even a lung transplant due to some harmful disease or condition that they may face. Anyone on the transplant list knows that it can take months to be signed up for surgery and to find a match for the new organ that you need. Unfortunately, months can sometimes be too long, but with 3D devices, you can receive an artificial organ to allow you to live more comfortably until your transplant.
Low-Cost Medical Devices
Prosthetics can be made for a relatively low cost when you are using a 3D printer to make them. These 3D-printed prosthetics can even be beneficial if you are working in a third-world country where your budget is extremely low. This is so important for any medical device, however, especially when there is medical care that is increasing in these impoverished countries that need it. You do not even have to pay delivery costs for the equipment as you can make it on the printer right where you are located.
Speaking of prosthetics, there are some patients that cannot fit a traditional size of a certain prosthetic device. It can also be extremely expensive to make a customized version of this device for a certain patient in the traditional sense of creating them. With a 3D printer, you can customize a prosthetic for a patient any way that you want to, including the color, the size, the design, and much more. You can literally make a prosthetic device available for anyone who needs one without worrying about a certain fit or a certain size that is required.
When you are working in any field, you can know that sometimes equipment malfunctions or breaks the more that you use it. In the medical field, when equipment breaks, traditionally you have to wait for the new parts to be delivered and for the equipment to be fixed. This can increase the waiting times for your patients, and you may even have to reschedule appointments which can frustrate patients. With a 3D medical device, however, you can create the part that has broken and fix it quickly so that you can keep your patients satisfied and so you can continue doing your job.
A 3D medical device is sure to be the next breakthrough in the healthcare industry. It can already help with so many important procedures, with medical equipment, and even with training new doctors or old doctors on new protocols. The list of what this device can do is only going to expand in the near future to help even more patients and more doctors. Ensure that you have one of these devices in your medical office or at your hospital in order to keep up with the breakthrough that is coming.
Lizzie Howard is a Colorado native who after graduating from the University of Colorado spends her time as a freelance writer. When Lizzie isn’t writing, she enjoys going on hikes, baking for her friends and family, and spending time with her beloved yellow lab, Sparky. Please feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org