3D Printed Facial Implant: The New Face of Medical Technology

Since it’s advent, 3D printing has had the potential to revolutionize the medical industry. Recently, the first 3D printed facial implant was cleared by the FDA. Plastics Today published an article on this revolutionary 3D printed facial implant called the OsteoFab Patient-Specific Facial Device (OPSFD.) While the medical field has it’s share of obstacles implementing 3D printing into standard practice, this is a huge step forward. Lack of medical insurance coverage and hospital funds are slowing down the introduction of 3D printed facial implants into the mainstream. However, the implants themselves are not only able to capture the complexity of the human skeletal system, but may reduce overall costs due to their practical and cost-efficient nature.

 

3D Printed Facial Implant

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The FDA approved 3D printed facial implant is a huge step forward in the medical 3D printing industry. To read more about the OPSFD and its impact on the medical community, visit Plastics Today.

The potential application for 3D printing in the medical field is limitless. Someday, bioprinting actual human organs and tissue suitable for transplant may be a reality.  It is also helping to improve existing medical technology. Cochlear implants, realistic anatomical models, and mobility improving exoskeletons are just a few things getting a facelift with the help of 3D printing.

The dental industry benefits from advances in 3D printing as well.  For years, 3D printers have been used to make models of teeth and jaws. However, actual 3D printed teeth implants using plastic or medical ceramic are becoming increasingly common.

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At Absolute Robot we are proud to be a part of the burgeoning plastics industry and look forward to seeing all the products and advancements created by our customers and others in the automation industry.