Traditionally there has been a tendency to segregate research and industry when it comes to 3D Printing, based largely on the premise that finding out ‘what’s possible’ will always be at odds with identifying ‘what’s cost-effective’. The premise is flawed. Why? Because you can answer both questions by focusing on what enables practical progress right here, right now.
As we saw in parts one and two of this series, 3D Printing has enormous potential for hospitals, but it requires software tools and know-how. In this final chapter, we discuss the hardware options, as well as the need for an efficient communications process.
As we saw in the first part of this series, there are several considerations to take into account before implementing 3D Printing in your hospital. In this post we will discuss in further detail how you can create an accurate file for 3D Printing. We’ve already covered image processing so here are three more potential problems that you might face, along with the strategies to overcome them.
Over the past 20 years, 3D Printing has emerged as a disruptive technology in the healthcare field — it’s been used to create custom devices and instruments, plan complex medical procedures, and to better train future medical professionals. As the accessibility to the technology increases, hospitals are beginning to adopt 3D Printing programs within their own institutions, aiming to reduce lead times for 3D-printed models and to build knowledge internally. But along with the tremendous potential of 3D Printing, there are also significant challenges to its widespread adoption. Where should you start? Here are the questions you need to answer while you consider getting started with 3D Printing in your hospital.