3D Print­ing

Technowize Magazine - - Futurist -

The con­cept of three-di­men­sional be­came amus­ing be­cause of its vis­ual value. but the use of three di­men­sions is much more than sheer en­ter­tain­ment pur­poses. Medicine is mak­ing the most of this tech­nol­ogy by us­ing it to pro­duce med­i­cal equip­ment. The three-di­men­sional print­ing method is a way of man­u­fac­ture where the ob­jects are cre­ated by de­posit­ing or fus­ing ma­te­ri­als. The ma­te­ri­als like metal, plas­tic, pow­ders, ceram­ics, liquids, as well as liv­ing cells are put to­gether in lay­ers in order to pro­duce a 3D ob­ject. The process of man­u­fac­ture is also known as rapid pro­to­typ­ing (RP), solid free-form tech­nol­ogy (SFF), or ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing (AM). Cer­tain 3D print­ers are quite close to the usual inkjet print­ers, only the end re­sult dif­fers.

3D print­ing in­cludes around two dozen dif­fer­ent pro­cesses. Th­ese pro­cesses vary on the ba­sis of speeds, res­o­lu­tions, ma­te­ri­als, and printer tech­nolo­gies. The ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy is able to print in al­most any shape imag­ined by a hu­man through a com­puter-aided de­sign (CAD) file.

This process of print­ing is con­sid­ered to be use­ful in pro­duc­ing sur­gi­cal or den­tal fix­tures. but it has the abil­ity to do much more. A com­pany called Organovo uses the tech­nique of 3D print­ing to fab­ri­cate hu­man liv­ing tis­sue. Ex­perts be­lieve that the sig­nif­i­cance of 3D print­ing in medicine will only rise in the fu­ture. The ma­jor ben­e­fits of this process are that a per­son at­tains a cus­tom­ized prod­uct in terms of his bod­ily re­quire­ments, which is not ac­cu­rately pos­si­ble in reg­u­lar man­u­fac­tur­ing. it is also ex­tremely cost ef­fec­tive in com­par­i­son to other med­i­cal meth­ods.

in 2011, Kaiba Gion­friddo was born pre­ma­turely and within 8 months of his birth, the lung devel­op­ments were a mat­ter of con­cern. Af­ter six weeks of the di­ag­no­sis of this prob­lem, Kaiba was un­able to breathe and turned blue. This was a re­sult of tra­cheo­bron­choma­la­cia, which meant that the wind­pipe col­lapsed due to its weak­ness. He was given a biore­sorable de­vice pro­duced through 3D print­ing which im­me­di­ately helped him breathe.

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