Is 3D printing used in healthcare, you bet and here’s a couple past posts on that topic in the links below. I attended the Israel Conference last week and had a great conversation with the folks from Objet. Both companies have no debt. I like the ability of 3D printers to make teeth myself having been one of those unlucky folks in life who has had to invest a lot of money in teeth. Objet already does digital dentistry with implants.
Woman Receives Jaw Transplant-Created by a 3D Printer–She Can Swallow Again at 83 Years of Age-Regenerative Printed Medicine
The link below has a video using 3D printing and who knows this may be the way organs for transplant are created in the near future. A demonstration was done live on stage at a TED event not too long ago.
Last week at the conference there was no mention of the merger but I did get to see an actual machine and received quite a bit of information on how they work with speaking to Gaylynn Wood, the west coast regional channel manager for Objet. In reference to what is available the link below on a prosthetic leg is probably right in the picture as being possible today and contains more information on the orthopedic MD who is designing the prosthetics.
Fused Deposition Modeling is the name of the process that is used for producing medical products. Below are a couple videos, one from each company that explains some of what they do. I saw the Object pipe wrench at the convention and actually that was the first question I had, where’ the pipe wrench <grin>.
In time with healthcare I think we can expect to a lot more use and innovation in the area of 3-D printing. The printing of a human organ in itself is amazing with use of a printer on a scaffold prepared to hold the content. BD
Stratasys (SSYS), the 3D printer maker, is firing on all cylinders this year. The Eden Prairie, Minn.-based company is merging with Objet, a privately held Israeli firm that specializes in high-end 3D printers.
Stratasys also has introduced its lowest-priced printer, called Mojo, while experiencing strong sales growth in its high-end Fortus printer.
Stratasys has clients in the aerospace, automotive, consumer, educational, medical and military industries.
Objet is the third-largest player in the industry, and its 3D printers provide very high-surface finish and feature detail, but lower durability, that can be used for visual verification of concept models and prototypes.