3D printing is a type of additive manufacturing. There are several types of additive manufacturing, but the terms 3D printing and additive manufacturing are often used interchangeably. Here we will refer to both as 3D printing for simplicity.
3D printing is a process that creates a three-dimensional object by building successive layers of raw material. Each new layer is attached to the previous one until the object is complete. Objects are produced from a digital 3D file, such as a computer-aided design (CAD) drawing or a Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI).
Medical devices produced by 3D printing include orthopedic and cranial implants, surgical instruments, dental restorations such as crowns, and external prosthetics.Due to its versatility, 3D printing has medical applications in:Medical devices regulated by FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH),Biologics regulated by FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, andDrugs regulated by FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (source)
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3D printing has expanded rapidly in the healthcare industry last few years, with printing everything from medications to organs, perhaps prosthetics has been most commercially successful 3D printed device. 3D printing technology is being used on a large scale to produce patient specific components of prosthetics. Ability to produce complex structures such as highly customized facial prosthetic with using a range of materials is resulting in wide application of 3D printing technology. Currently, 3D printing technology is being used widely to produce low-cost prosthetics owing to the massive rise in amputees’ population unable to afford prosthetics.
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