Recently, 3D printer manufacturer Desktop Metal launched a new desktop 3D printer Fiber; in October, digital dental 3D printer company Xunshi Technology announced the completion of a Series B financing of over 100 million yuan; on August 8, 3D printer company LuxCreo Qingfeng Times announced the completion of $30 million in Series B financing. Nowadays, the popularity of “3D printing” is continuing to rise, and it has also received more attention from the capital market.
After years of development, 3D printing technology has become more and more mature, and its application scope has continued to expand. Whether it is automobiles, buildings, food, or medicine, it can be printed, which can be called a great “artifact”. Obviously, as one of the most important cutting-edge technologies in the new era, 3D printing is gradually changing our daily life and has a wider and wider influence.
When 3D printing “encounters” medical
Just as artificial intelligence technology has achieved deep integration with the medical industry in the process of accelerating commercial implementation, 3D printing technology has also achieved new development in the medical field. At present, in terms of “3D printing + medical treatment”, surgical instruments, drugs, implants, etc. can be directly manufactured with the help of 3D printing. Not only that, 3D printing has gradually developed from printing inanimate devices to printing “living” tissues, such as organs, skin, blood vessels, etc.
If you want to say what is the most anticipated part of 3D printing in the medical field, it is of course organs and limbs. For humans, the impact of organ lesions and the loss of limbs is particularly important, but it is not easy to obtain suitable transplanted organs and suitable prostheses. Once 3D printing technology can achieve key breakthroughs in organ and limb printing and achieve universal application, it will undoubtedly be a great boon for mankind.
In fact, 3D printed limbs have already been born, and clinical application has begun. In Western Europe, some disabled people use 3D printed arms and palms; in Australia, a local 3D printing company can even customize ribs and sternums for patients to create a 3D printed rib cage. Some things that were unimaginable in the past have become reality because of 3D printing.
The good news is that not only 3D printed limbs, but also 3D printed organs have made great progress. It is reported that a biotechnology company in the United States used cell 3D printing technology to print out the cells and tissues needed for the liver. After further vessel culture, these cells and tissues can grow into normal livers and be used for transplantation. Of course, this technology is not yet mature enough, but at least we know that 3D printing organs will be possible in the future.
Therefore, the rapid development of 3D printing technology and its extensive and in-depth application in the medical industry will generate incalculable potential value. When 3D printing technology can be truly popularized in the medical industry, the changes it brings will certainly be revolutionary, there is no doubt about it.
Although the road has thorns, the future is bright
The application of 3D printing in the medical field is encouraging. Whether it is 3D printing organs or 3D printing prosthetics, it can change the fate of many people. It can be said that thanks to 3D printing technology, more and more impossible is becoming possible. However, the integration of 3D printing and medical development is not perfect.
On the one hand, in order to ensure that the printed medical products are safe enough and have stability and applicability, it is necessary to continue to explore 3D printing materials that are more suitable for the human body. This is the key to whether 3D printed medical treatment can be commercialized on a large scale and enhance the market value. On the other hand, the current price of 3D printed medical products and the price of 3D printing equipment are quite high, not only unbearable for ordinary hospitals, but also for more ordinary patients. Therefore, it is still necessary to strengthen technical Research and development, reduce equipment and material costs to promote the commercial process, realize its economic value and social value.
Once progress is made in core areas such as materials and costs, the 3D printing medical market is expected to usher in an explosion. According to data provided by IDC, the 3D printing medical segment will account for more than 13% of the entire 3D printing market, and by 2022, global 3D printing spending will reach $22.7 billion.
Industry experts said that as the main landing scene for 3D printing technology to commercialize, the development momentum of the medical field itself is very positive. When the 3D printing technology with broad application prospects and the medical industry with broad market prospects are increasingly integrated, the two will collide with more brilliant sparks and release a huge market space. By 2030, the 3D printing medical market is expected to exceed US$6 billion and maintain a high compound annual growth rate of more than 16%.
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