How 3-D printing can save lives in the medical field

For most people the concept of three-dimensional (3D) printing is still seen as something from a science fiction novel, but the medical world is busy embracing this technology and is a major driving force behind its growth.

Dr Thomas Bartel, section head of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi said the following : “In health care, 3-D printing’s most impressive function is its ability to replicate organs to help plan for or simulate surgeries. 3-D printing helps us personalise care while minimising risk.”

The costs related to 3-D printing have dropped considerably over the past 2 years and, according to consultants Frost & Sullivan, the 3-D printing industry alone will become a $6 billion market by 2025.

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