While there are so many industries where 3D printing is making an impact, those impacts pale in comparison to how it could revolutionize the medical applications and healthcare industries.
There are a few different types of medical applications for 3D printing, and those include tissue and organ fabrication, customizable prosthetic creation, implants and anatomical models. Not all these methods are fool proof, but the progress that has been made over the past few years is very encouraging.
When most people hear about 3D printing, we think of smaller items that you can use around the house. But the concept of 3D printing is not limited to knick-knacks or products that you can use around the house. There are very real commercial and military uses for 3D printing – and the aviation industry is a great place to look for those answers. It is incredible how aero engineers are using 3D printing as a means for obtaining better product design and quicker manufacturing for military aircraft and accessories.
3D Printing and the Aviation Industry
It was in 2016 when we saw the first aircraft that was made using 3D printing. At the time, we did not realize the connection between 3D printing and military aircraft, but it was obvious. Airbus introduced us to an aircraft that was made exclusively with 3D printing. The entire structure weighed 21kg and was about four meters in [...]
3D Printing Medical Solutions Helping Experts in Medicine Save Lives
3D printing medical devices and implants for patients is now rapidly proliferating through the field of surgical medicine, creating a sweeping revolution in modern medicine.
Presently, with the help of advanced 3D imaging technology and well-adapted GPU processors to capture and manipulate that information, many hearing aids and dental crowns are now being 3D-printed to a custom fit for the patient, as well as one-time use, custom surgical instruments and even prosthetic limbs for amputees.
The technical term for 3D printing is additive manufacturing, because it adds material in layers to manufacturer a complex 3D object of any shape from a digital design file on a computer.
The Medical Revolution
The 3D printing revolution in medicine is both just beginning and well under way: 28 percent of all medical technology and pharmaceutical companies are already using 3D printing, according to a recent survey of 12 [...]
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Not all manufacturers are fully vertically integrated and can take a product from prototype to production in-house. Even the largest Fortune 500 companies outsource elements of projects for prototypes and production parts and assemblies.
Why do they do this? How can you take advantage of providing 3D Printing services to manufacturers? Despite having a variety of resources at their disposal ‒ sometimes including their own 3D printing machines ‒ outsourcing for these firms can be a faster, less expensive and less problematic.
Below are the top five reasons why companies should outsource their 3D Printing.
Even for large companies that have their own 3D printers, resource constraints can cause bottlenecks in production. If a firm’s 3D printers are tied up on other projects, teams can’t get parts built fast enough. As a solution, outsourcing this production allows them to harness additional capacity.
To help reduce lead times, Klacam utilizes multiple machines with the same technology and material, [...]