From 3D-Printed Genetic Glues to Printed Facial Prosthetics

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Mar 23, 2015
3D-printed medical innovations are changing the medical and healthcare industry as we know it, by making it possible to mass-produce medical attachments and accessories with minimal human labor. More importantly, 3D printing also makes it possible to create highly customizable medical implants that are crafted to order for specific patients' needs.

Perhaps the best example of 3D-printed medical innovation is the prosthetic. It is becoming increasingly routine to use this technology to map patients' body parts and create individualized prosthetics made just for them. This leads to better outcomes than one-size-fits-all prosthetics.

3D-printing has also resulted in the spawning of incredibly high-tech medical innovations such as heartbeat regulators as well as genetic glues that could be used in the development of artificial organs.

The potential for 3D printing's impact on medicine is impossible to measure, but it's safe to say that this technology will help alleviate suffering and offer more rapid solutions to patients suffering from a variety of medical disorders.