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Amity Research Centers (2017)
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3D printing also known as additive manufacturing was invented by an American Engineer, Charles W. Hull (Chuck Hull) in 1983. 3D printing technology was adopted in a wide range of industries ranging from manufacturing, automotive, architecture, custom art and design, to name a few. However, 3D printing was impacting the modern healthcare sector in a big way. Healthcare professionals were keen to adopt the technology in pre-surgical planning models, rapid prototyping for research tools and medical devices. 3D printed organ transplant was expected to save a number of lives in the future. Global market for 3D Printers and services was anticipated to grow in revenue from USD2.5 billion in 2013 to USD16.2 billion in 2018. Despite the great benefits of 3D printing in medicine, there were numerous ethical, regulatory and technical issues that needed to be addressed as the technology developed further. Amid the drawbacks, it remained to be seen whether 3D Printing would revolutionise the healthcare industry in times to come.


3D printing; 3D printer; Healthcare; Innovation; Technology; Prosthetics; 3D systems; Bioprinting; Dental; Hearing aid; Intellectual property; FDA regulations; Medical device; Not impossible labs; Enabling
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