3D PRINTING FOR MEDICINE
How can 3D printing support surgeons? Complex operations are a very common problem. Printed 3D model for preoperative planning, based on a computer tomograph, allows them to practice a complicated procedure that the operating team will perform on a patient.
3D prints can be a support in rehabilitation. It is especially helpful for the youngest patients, because the fast growth of the skeletal of a young organism makes it practically impossible to use professional and expensive prothesis. With a 3D printer, a prosthesis can be quickly printed and it can grow with its user through a new print, exactly when a change is necessary!
Thanks to 3D printers from the P440 and P800D industrial lines, the medical industry can use specialized materials for 3D printing, eg PEEK or PET. It allows you to create personalized implants, e.g. craniofacial or spine stabilizers. Appropriate mechanical strength, Young’s modulus similar to the bone, better load distribution compared to titanium implants and lower stiffness than metal implants make PEEK a great replacement for standard solutions used in vertebral implantation.
Printed models of medical equipment and accessories are a new reality in hospitals. Printing of helmets or respirator components is just a small part of how hospitals can deal with equipment shortages or delayed deliveries, minimizing the risk of harm to patients.