3-D Printing: Patient-Specific Implants, But What’s the Business Model?

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3-D medical printing holds the promise of more customized medical devices at a lower cost for patients and surgeons, with the potential to tackle regenerative medicine in new ways, but whether its focus on patient-specific applications can be scaled up for mass market remains unclear.

3-D printing is taking hold in medical circles for very niche applications such as complex reconstructive surgeries, which benefit from the integration of computer simulation of patient models and surgical guides to plan and carry out procedures.

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