Technology in the 3D printing space is advancing at the speed of light—everything from support structure software to material options and properties to ever improving processes. Some simply take these advancements as small steps in the overall progress of 3D printing, but these improvements are significant attributes that add value across industries and applications.
Medical and Health Care Development
Industries are adopting this technology for varying applications at very different paces. The health care industry has embraced nearly all forms of printing, but has particularly grasped onto direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). As we discussed last month, DMLS has a solid advantage over other 3D printing processes since it produces functional, production-quality parts from metal powder. When plastics are concerned, selective laser sintering (SLS) is another additive manufacturing process with production in mind.
Product developers, designers and engineers in the medical and health care industries use many different types of 3D printing technologies, but why?
- concept modeling and prototyping during early phases of product and device development
- iterating design often to get parts in hand fast
- reducing financial and design risks
- building high-quality assemblies for end users to evaluate and influence human factor designs