Technology and animation is developing rapidly and creating an enhanced way to cut down a few extra steps to make one’s daily life easier. 3D printing has played a major role in improving healthcare and making it easier for medical professionals to have the resources they require. This medical technology offers many benefits even for medical educational training. It is useful in more than one way such as drug recreation, reproduction of medical equipment and proposes cheaper medical solutions. As a result, 3D healthcare animations bring life to medical procedures and devices. The Medical Futurists explains this further through a list of what can be done through 3D medical printing. These include, but do not limit:
- Finger Splints- They can be printed in 3D form which is cost effective and quick as it only costs approximately $0.02/ minute. This innovation can be an important development for third- world countries as it is affordable.
- Plaster Casts- 3D printing can finally transform the experience of breaking a bone. It models the patient’s limb that generates a personalized 3D cast. This is done through a rehabilitation module, which stimulates the muscles below the casts that prevent muscle atrophy.
- Prosthetics- This is becoming a global phenomenon as volunteers are travelling to various places around the world, especially developing countries, to teach others the design and process of how to build prosthetic hands. For example, 3D printing was taught in Sudan, where the war left many with amputated limbs.
- Surgical Preparation- This tool from 3D printing builds surgical tools specific to the patient. It helps medical professionals practice in advance for complex surgeries using 3D printed objects.
- Drugs- Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first 3D printing drugs. The specialty of this is each layer is printed individually helping it to dissolve faster than the average drug.
- Bio-materials- 3D printing has recently become an emerging application for tissue engineering. Already, researchers have printed skin, synthetic ears and have launched a bio printer kidney tissue.
Even though this technology is so advanced and outstanding, for the healthcare animation industry, it is just the beginning. It is said that in the future, sensor components, diagnostic tools and transplant-able tissues will be able to be printed and this industry will just continue to grow further. For instance, previous biomedical manufacturing began with 3D medical animations and has now moved up to 3D printed tumors. Dr. Wei Sun and a team of researchers from Drexel University in Philadelphia suggested that by biofabricating cancerous tumors in 3D, it would improve the ability of oncologists to safely destroy these specific tumors. This emerging technology would help to provide a more realistic 3D model for doctors to work on and experiment with to discover appropriate treatments. 3D medical printing has enhanced and improved the healthcare animation industry by creating interactive and accurate animations.