Top 5 3D Printing Advances Made in 2016
3D Printing has started changing our lives. In the year 2016, many 3D Printing breakthrough made the headlines. 3D Printing enthusiasts, hobbyists, scientists, researchers are joining hands with many other allied fields to change the existing processes. Whether its related to our food cycle, healthcare, beauty and cosmetics, medicines, organ transplants, 3D Printing is making new advances everywhere. In a true sense, 3D Printing Technology has started proving itself as the technology of future. Let us have a look at the top 5 3D printing advances made in 2016 which are going to change the way we lived ever before, and the way generations are going to live in future.
Titanium Surgical Implants
Doctors at CEIT Biomedical Engineering and Novax DMA used 3D Printing to create custom titanium medical implants to rectify some inherited complications in humans. These surgical implants are a breakthrough in medical history as they are helping us correct many other problems caused by diseases or injuries.
Such an innovative 3D technology has equipped doctors to create many similar surfaces and freeform shapes. These implants are better than the previously used porus implants on account of its durability and reduced density.
Photo Credit: CEIT Biomedical Engineering
Custom Hair Prosthetics
Today, hair loss is one of the biggest medicinal and beauty related problem faced by people across the globe. Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories, an Italian company has found a way to restore beauty by developing a hair prosthetics solution with the help of 3D Printing.
People suffering from hair loss need to go through a 39 step process. It will help the company’s trained hair stylists to create a 3D skull replica covered with a live membrane to put natural hair over it. No doubt, it not only looks but also feels like natural hair grown on their head again.
Photo Credit: Transitions Hair Solutions
3D Printed Food
Jordan French and Anjan Contractor of Beehex Inc., Dr. Kjeld van Bommel, Luis Rodriguez and Jason Mosbrucker at 3Digital Cooks as well as some scholars at Sonia Holland have made a breakthrough in 3D Printed food technology. They have succeeded in creating new diet food type.
Mosbrucker has explained that wearables will communicate to your refrigerator and oven on first hand. As a result, your 3D food printer will get our diet food ready when you arrive back home from work. You may not believe, but 3D printed food is surely going to change the way we grow and cook our food in the future.
Photo Credit: 3Digital Cooks
Housing for Refugees
Gone are the days when some Chinese companies came up with prefabricated structures made out of clay and cement to build houses. Patricia Andrasik, an architect has made some breakthrough in providing sustainable homes to Iraq refugees with the help of 3D Printing technology.
These will be true homes, based on your surrounding environment, ecology and climatic conditions of the region where you live. Her objective is to help families live comfortably in these sustainable homes without going through the hardship of building their own homes built using traditional construction methods.
3D Printed Medicines
Martin Wallace, director of Glaxo SmithKline sounds quite excited about the breakthroughs made in the pharmaceutical industry. Now, he is talking about smart pharmaceuticals. This innovative 3D Printing technology is helping them print tissues so that animal testing of medicines can be reduced, it not eliminated at all.
It is also helping them 3D print personalised medicines depending on patient’s requirements and needs. Martin Wallace has mentioned that 3D Printing is also helping them experiment with the tablet’s geometry. Now, the medicinal tablets can be designed in light of optimizing drug loading as well as masking its taste based on preferential choices.
Photo Credit: Dr. Maki Sugimoto