3D Printing’s Future in Orthopedics: The Who, What, When, Where, and Why

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Growing experience with the use of 3D printing in orthopedics, plus declining cost differences between 3DP and traditionally manufactured implants, are enabling device manufacturers to expand the applications of 3DP in the musculoskeletal sector. By Paula Ness Speers, Masha Dumanis, Brandon Wade and Matthew Barnes, Health Advances, and Aenor Sawyer, MD

3D printing (3DP, also known as additive manufacturing) is making notable strides in penetrating the musculoskeletal device industry. It is no longer only being used for anatomical models to aid in surgical planning and the one-off custom implant for revisions with significant bone loss.

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