Future of MedTech Patients

3D Printing Is Changing Personalised Medicine, Finds IDTechEx Report

We’ve heard about 3D printing your own shoes and furniture before, but what about 3D printing your own prosthetic limbs or hearing aids?

  • OK, tell me more: A new report published by technology research company IDTechEx shows 3D printing – soon to be an $8.1 billion industry by 2029 – is disrupting the way personalised medicine is provided.

3D printing for the medical and dental industry is helping to cut lead time, reduce waste and offers the opportunity for mass customisation. Imagine having the power to create a custom fit medical device right from your desktop.

  • In our own backyard: In Australia the adoption of 3D printing technology in the health sector is still in the early stages. It’s likely that as personalised medical devices, enabled by technologies such as 3D printing, extend into higher risk medical devices the potential risk for patients will increase. The proposed changes to the current medial device regulatory framework in Australia seeks to ensure adequate regulation of personalised medical devices (including 3D printed devices).

KEY INSIGHT: The report found 3D printing improves surgical standards and improves efficiency, resulting in better outcomes for patients. Customised medical devices can result in better functional and aesthetic outcomes.

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