Physicians and researchers are taking advantage of this rise of 3D printing technology in medicine and its associated fields. Several industries, including the medical industry, are adopting this 3D printing technology to reshape the traditional manufacturing of various implants, tools and medical devices. Low-cost 3D printers are a promising solution for customizing HDR brachytherapy applicators. These images are converted into digital images and medical communications in a standard triangular language file format, which can be easily printed with 3D printing technologies.
We hope that this information will reduce barriers to use and increase the participation of doctors in the health sector of 3D printing. The purpose of this study was to generate an economic analysis of the cost-saving potential of anatomical models and surgical guides printed in 3D in orthopedic and maxillofacial surgical applications. Steinbacher says: “From the 3D image, it is possible to print a model of your nose or face with the actual expected postoperative results. Open source software and online repositories with prosthetic templates have allowed patients to print and assemble their own prosthesis if they purchase the materials and own a 3D printer.
The 3D printing service can be configured as a new laboratory or as an extension of an existing 3D visualization laboratory. The 3D digital model that will be printed can also be scaled as needed, and complexity can be minimized by using the basics of the rapid prototyping technique. Automatic sectioning and the transition to files compatible with 3D printing would be necessary to optimize the workflow of a 3D printing medical laboratory led by radiologists. Medical schools are starting to use 3D anatomical models to complement corpse dissection in anatomical education.
Although there are 3D printing techniques for printing metals and other materials, resorbable and biocompatible plastics (such as polycaprolactone and polylactic acid) are among the materials most used in the rapid creation of prototypes 60, 123. On a larger scale, 3D bioprinting has the potential to streamline all aspects of care; from the surgeon who works together with the radiologist to design and produce a personalized bioactive mandible that is printed, sterilized and ready to be implanted on demand to the interventionist who implants a personalized drug delivery stent with a unique capacity to deliver high-dose therapy to the microenvironment of interest.