Medical 3D Printing Saving Soles, One At a Time

AbilitymateAfter years of funny desk toys, one of the areas 3D printing might be set to transform is medical devices.

While some treatment and disability tools, such as wheelchairs, have a one-size-fits-all nature, many are personal to the individual needs of the user or their carers, and it’s a tricky balance to manufacture them in small enough numbers to be cost effective for both manufacturers and patients.

That’s where 3D printing comes in – digitally scanning a user’s unique body profile and building the solution on a one-off basis faster and cheaper than a factory tooled up for mass manufacture.

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