3D printed prostheses can be customized according to individual taste. The limb can also be re-designed to be more stylish with added tattoos and patterns. They are more comfortable, cheaper, more acceptable, and sung fit than the traditional prostheses; besides, it can be manufactured in a day. For instance, using 3D hand printer for upper limb prostheses was a helpful idea for NGOs who aims to provide good quality artificial limbs and cheaper as well for civil war amputees in anywhere. Implants and prostheses can be made in nearly any imaginable geometry through the translation of x-ray, MRI, or CT scans into digital 3D print files.
3D printing medical track highlighted three unique advantages and opportunities for innovative uses of 3D printing in healthcare: rapid prototyping, personalization and “blended reality.”
Indeed, 3-D printing can play a transformative role in the manufacture of emergency and compassionate use devices. But clinical trials, FDA regulations and clearances are among the challenges in the large-scale adoption and scaling up of 3D printing technology in health care. Quality control and quality assurance are yet another challenge for scalability.
Some of the major Medical Applications for 3D Printing are:
Customized Implants and Prostheses, Anatomical Models for Surgical Preparation, Applications of 3D printing in dentistry, Challenges in Building 3D Vascularized Organs, Bio printing Tissues and Organs, D printed eye prostheses, and artificial upper limb prostheses.
3D Printers in Prosthetic field: Achievements and Challenges
This scope aims to present the available technology of using 3D printers, the challenges and difficulties, and sharing the possible advices to overcome these challenges. The shared articles will help not only prosthetics but only users of artificial limbs to know more about the available technologies and options.
As a part of this special issue researchers and scholars are invited to submit manuscripts.
The Journal follows a stringent single blind peer review process for all submitted manuscripts. We welcome manuscripts for the special issue till “September 20, 2018”. The submitted manuscripts would be published by “October, 2018”. As the submission for the special issue would be limited in number & would be processed on a First come First Serve basis.