With the Rapid growth of 3D printing industry, innovations are now visible among a wide spectrum of industries. But, the most significant advance in 3D printing is in healthcare, where 3D printing is helping in making medical tools accessible and cost-effective. Technologies in the healthcare industry are prohibitive and especially when they are required in resource-poor countries, but many of the current 3D printed solutions in medicine are at a reasonable price point. This has the potential to disrupt the health care costs not only in first world countries but also in developing countries across the world.
The reason for 3D-printed solutions are often cost-effective is because the technology uses the process involves building solid, three-dimensional objects from a digital model, using the additive processes in which successive layers of material are assembled on top of one another to build the desired object. This process is done from a digital model, while it increases the precision, it also decreases error.
3D printing technologies help in not only cost savings but also in improved accuracy and safety of procedures and service delivery. Patients are also better informed and have better compliance as they can have products which are personalized for their needs.
Although many of the 3D printed solutions are still in early stages in the research lab, some of the simple technologies are affordable and look promising. As already-low manufacturing prices go down, 3D printing makes customizations more possible and, consequently, formerly unaffordable devices easier to access.