The future is now – 3D printed babies
The 3D-print technology has come a long way in the medical industry. Today we can expect far more than the classic plastic prototypes from the development process. There are rumours of mass production, but we’re not there yet. At least not in terms of large scale production of medical devices. The hype has vaporised and we can now see the real opportunities more clearly.
At this point the focus is on customisation of unique items for specific purposes. But we can push it even further. Today, 3D-print technology creates a room for solutions of unparalleled proportions. Solutions we’ve never seen before, in which production method and materials unite with a higher purpose.
These articles are great examples of this development. An extremely realistic 3D-printed model of an infant that can help healthcare professionals become better at CPR, in a way that previously wasn’t possible. And the Proof-of-Concept of 3D-printed ovaries, currently and successfully tested on mice.
Apart from production methods and materials, it also opens up for entirely new ways of implementing technology and sensors (Internet of Things) directly into the already advanced and unique solutions. We are standing on the edge of a groundbreaking future, in which the possibilities have already surpassed the limits of our imagination. But the more examples we are exposed to, like the 3D-printed infant, the more inspired we will become.
How will the 3D-print technology impact the healthcare industry and society, when it matures to take on mass production?