What do we expect for the future?
Over 69% of those involved in Point-of-Care 3D printing have used the technique for 3 years or more. This year, we can expect that balance to shift as new adopters enter the pool. Research firm Gartner predicts that by 2021, 25% of surgeons will be practicing on 3D-printed models of a patient prior to surgery:
“3D printing will move from obscure back-office labs into the forefront as part of a strategy to improve surgical training and simulations.”
Based on the headway made last year, we expect further adoption in hospitals this year, helping even more patients. With the continued growth in use, more data will be published, which will increase awareness and evidence, spurring more hospitals to invest in the technology.
More specifically, we are looking forward to seeing in 2019:
- Further adoption by hospitals and migration towards central cores for 3D printing
- Rapid growth in markets outside of North America
- Changing regulations for 3D printing as implications are better understood by regulatory bodies
- More strategic partnerships between software and 3D printer manufacturers
- Reimbursement becoming closer to reality for anatomical models in certain regions