3D Printing in Medicine: Current Applications and Future Prospects

M. Guvendiren
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT),
United States

Keywords: 3D printing, medicine

Summary:

The three-dimensional (3D) printing enables anatomically-matched and patient-specific devices and constructs with high tunability and complexity that can be fabricated from patient’s own medical images. It also allows on-demand fabrication with high productivity in a cost-effective manner. As a result, 3D printing has become a leading manufacturing technique in healthcare and medicine for a wide range of applications including dentistry, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, engineered tissue models, medical devices, anatomical models, and drug formulation. Today, 3D printing is widely adapted by healthcare industry and academy, and providing commercially available medical products and a platform for emerging research areas including tissue and organ printing. In this presentation, we will discuss the current and emerging applications of 3D printing. A brief summary on additive manufacturing technologies and available printable materials will be given. In addition, technological and regulatory barriers that are slowing down the full implementation of 3D printing in the medical field will be discussed.