ASME’s Best 3D-Printed Medical Developments
Category: Manufacturing Technology • Nov 13, 2019
This article was provided by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and edited by Kathy K. Webster, AMT Exhibitions - Correspondence
In 2000, hearing aid cases were first 3D-printed and within a few years became the industry standard. Today, orthopedic implant manufacturers are making complex structures to create in-bone growth surfaces on devices.
Many traditional manufacturing technologies have become a part of the complete additive manufacturing (AM) process from CAD-CAM software to the post-processing and inspection techniques. Medical device manufacturers are now looking for post processing and non-destructive testing technologies. With metal in more than half of additively-manufactured, FDA-cleared medical devices, manufacturers are looking to advanced technology providers for answers.
The total value of AM machines, materials, software, and services for medical applications is projected to reach $2.2 billion by 2024*. With such incredible growth, keeping up with developments can be challenging. The ASME Medical AM/3DP Advisors gathered and identified what they believe to be the best developments with a positive impact on patients. They are:
- Surgical planning
- Dental devices
- Patient-matched implants
- Production implants
- AM-enabled tissue fabrication
- Anatomic models for education
- Active devices
- Development & prototypes
- Prosthetics & assistive devices
They also recognized the following trends:
- Collaborations made a significant impact.
- Quality processes are a key focus with heavy standards development activity, printer certification, and more.
- Materials continue to be an important development area.
- Research remains a vital focus to develop new processes, materials, and applications.
- Workforce development is a priority with new projects funded and courses available for tissue fabrication.
Download more details in the ASME report at: https://resources.asme.org/3d-printing-medical-applications
*HEALTHCARE 3D PRINTING MARKET SIZE, Global Market Insights, July 2018