3D printing supports the theory of Technological Determinism through its medical advances. With the use of this technology many procedures will become more affordable to people allowing for better health care and quality of life. It will allow more people access to life changing medical equipment such as prosthetics due to reduced costs. Countries like America with such a large gap in the level or care people receive depending on their level of income will have that gap bridged to a large extent. Doctors and Surgeons will be able to provide care to more patients due to processes no longer taking as long thanks to the almost instant way that the printer can handle procedures. Doctors/Surgeons will also be able to be more accurate when performing new and ground breaking surgeries due to being able to practice on 3D printed models that are exact replicas of the patients organs. When the technology to prints organs and parts of organs has been perfected it will allow drug trials will be performed on real tissue and organs eliminating the need for animal testing and increasing the accuracy of results since the inaccuracy of being tested on non-human tissue has been removed. Another way in which it will change how we do things is creatively creating products, where traditionally when someone has a great idea that they want to put into practicality they would need to find significant start up costs to produce a large amount without knowing if it would be financially lucrative. With this technology they could produce a small amount with little initial cost with which they could test the market with and easily alter product with the feedback they receive (The Economist, 2011)
How will 3d printing effect our lives in the future? Whilst 3D printing will change so many parts of our lives, the most phenomenal way that 3D printing will affect lives in the future is within the medical field. Whilst medically 3D printing is still in its theoretical testing stage and not widely accessible to the public there are a few ways where it is beginning to be more commonly used. One way that 3D printing is starting to change how we deal with prosthetic limbs. There are thousands of people all around the world who use prosthetics. Unfortunately due to the cost, which can range up to $30,000 many people are unable to afford what they require or have to settle for uncomfortable and unsatisfactory prosthetics. 3D printing has the ability to change this with the technology allowing prosthetic hands to be created for as small a sum as $150 and limbs being similar low costs. http://www.forbes.com/sites/tjmccue/2014/08/31/3d-printed-prosthetics/ Dentists are also using this technology currently, using a 3D scanner and onsite 3D printer to create crown in their surgeries.
What used to be a costly and timely process can now take as little as an hour. Sirona created this system; the company is one of the first to use CAD and CAM in this field. They created the system called cerec, which they sell this system to dentists for around $100,000. The systems aren’t widely available yet with only 1 in 10 dentists using them but as they become the standard for dentistry they will become more common. Surgeons also use the technology to create prototypes of patient’s organs to practice complex surgeries on, for example brain and heart surgery. For example take a look at this story on Gabriel Mandeville a 5 month old who thanks to 3D printing is now 19 months old and growing. http://www.inside3dp.com/medical-3d-printing-boston-child-saved-simulation-surgery/. I don’t know about you but if I needed a risky surgery I would like to know that my surgeons have had plenty of practice before operating on me, no one likes to be the test subject when it is with their body.
Why was 3D printing a technology that was pursued? When 3D printing technology first emerged it was to create prototypes for parts for planes and cars. By using 3D printing to test how effective these parts were and whether the size, shape and material were correct it saved time and money. Allowing the parts to be tested and corrected before plans progressed to factories to be created on a mass scale. 3D printing technology will give us greater ability to repair appliances when parts have become faulty. In the past if an older model appliance had a part that become faulty it was difficult and potentially expensive to obtain a part that was no longer in production. This would lead to the object being thrown out and replaced. In the future we could instead go online look up the part and either print out the part at home or get it printed somewhere else through a third party website such as http://www.sculpteo.com, http://www.i.materialise.com or http://www.shapeways.com.
Using this technology would eradicate the need for factories to stockpile items for future placement within in stores as stores could print items as needed. It also removes the need for transporting the items from factory to store. This reduces the waste associated with mass production, and reduces the environmental footprint that is left by factories and transport. (Economist 2011)
For those of you interested in 3D printing something yourself here is the heads up on some of the printers currently on the market.
If you’re an early adopter who is more likely to buy a drone or a smartwatch than a big screen this holiday season, you might also be thinking about a 3D printer. You’ve seen both the hype (print all the things!) and the drawbacks (you can’t print all the things if your printer doesn’t even work) and are still interested. So which 3D printer should you buy?
The answer is complicated. Different printers are better at different things, and there is no perfect all-around machine. For those who have a clear plan in mind for its use, here is a look at five different desktop options that are available right now:
Afinia H480: $1,299
|Price – $1,299|
|Technology – FDM|
|Print volume (inches) – 5 x 5 x 5|
|Print resolution (microns) – 150|
|Heated bed? – Yes|
This is the holy grail of 3D printer categories…
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This is amazing. Im excited to see how much this will change our medical needs in the future.
Christmas is coming up, and i’m sure you are all starting to thing about presents. Especially those that you have to buy but you don’t really know or maybe even like the people your buying them for. I always wish I could just bake them some awesome looking cookies but mine never turn out the way I intended. As a designer I would love to be able to create intricate designs and then just print them out and package them up. Can’t wait for this to be more available to people. Here is a blog with a video so you can see how it works for yourself.
Never again will my Xmas cookies be a failure.
These are my last years efforts: a pretty poor sight even though they tasted good. (I might also add in my favor that the heat in Australia does not help to bake at Christmas time)
With the new technology of a 3D printer, this malheur is matter of the past.
It’s this simple: first you create your design on the computer (or download one if you wish to make it even easier)
next you put the print-out in the oven, set the timer to baking cookies so they will not burn and then push the right…
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3D Printing really is changing the world as we know it!
Materialise has collaborated with UK hospitals to create 3D printed hip implants through their daughter company Mobelife
A 15 year old Swedish girl was facing a lifetime in a wheelchair because of a congenital disease that left her with a severely deformed left hip joint. Her condition forced her to be home schooled and was causing her a lot of pain. With the Mobelife aMace® implant, she is now pain free, walking without crutches and going back to school like a normal teenager.
In 2012, Prof Rydholm from the Skane University Hospital in Lund, Sweden came to Mobelife with the case of a 15 year old Swedish girl who suffered from Neurofibromatosis, a congenital disease also known as ‘Von Recklinghausen’s disease’, which left her with a severe skeletal deformation of the left hip because of a neurofibroma that destroyed her pelvis and which was causing a lot of pain.
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