By Lauralyn McDaniel
In the last few years, headlines have suggested that the use of additive manufacturing in medicine is a new way to save and improve lives. The truth is, it’s not so new.
Twenty years ago, anatomical models were used for planning complicated surgeries. In 2000, hearing aid cases were 3D printed, and within a few years, they became the industry standard. Medical applications have been a leader in taking 3D-printing technology far beyond product development. The combination of using medical imaging data to create patient-matched devices, and the ability to manufacture structures difficult to produce with traditional technologies, is compelling to an industry always looking for ways to innovate and improve care for patients[…]