3D Printing Advantages And Disadvantages

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3D printing has greatly evolved over the past decade and has brought many advantages to the medical industry and for the development in the medical field. The use of the 3D printing will allow engineers to produce more prosthetics in a more efficient way; this will not only aid in human voluntary functions but also advancing and finding out more with the production of animal limbs as well. The use of false animal limbs, will allow for animals to be equally treated just as well as humans have been with prosthetics. This new medical boom, creates many job openings in the medical engineering profession and will allow the fields to advance in helping all aspects of their patients’ medical experience. The complex drug manufacturing processes…show more content…
This approach has been widely used in creating implants for broken limbs. Previously, this process took a longer time, due to the increase in use and the complexity of the projects for the 3D medical engineers. Therefore, the ability to produce custom implants and prosthetics significantly solves a clear problem in the veterinary world especially in complex cases when standard implants are not sufficient. The use of the 3D printers has not only been used to make prosthetics but also to make tools in general. A 3D printer is an expensive manufacturing tool used to create three-dimensional objects that have been designed on a computer. These complex machines have a wide range of shapes, sizes, and types, but all in all they are all computer controlled additive manufacturing machines. This is most similarly related to how paper printers lay down ink in one layer at a time to create an image. 3D printers have a huge range of uses and applications; designers use them to test out product ideas, use them to make tools and succeed in…show more content…
The loss of limbs in pets and in their wild creatures can occur as a result of injury or diseases such as cancer. In most instances, three-legged animals are able to get about almost as well as four-legged ones and are for the most part pretty mobile in the wild and as home pets, but the irregular motion and weight distribution involved in making that happen eventually take their toll on the rest of the body, ultimately shortening life spans and reducing the quality of life; leading to bad walking habits and interferences in normal daily functions. One type of prosthetic made by a 3D printer is a socket prosthetic, which is slipped over the stump of an amputated limb and secured using braces, straps and buckles, the can improve mobility and is easily removed and replaced. An integrated prosthetic, is used when a socket prosthetic is not an option for the struggling animal so, the integrated prosthetic is used in which an anchor such as a titanium alloy screw is implanted into the bone of the amputated limb (for leverage) and is then fitted onto a support of composite material such as carbon fiber, which provides long-lasting limb support. This approach requires surgery; which most veterinarians will try to steer away from as much as possible because it then relies on bone

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