With 3D printing in the medical and dental industries predicted to be worth over $8 billion by 2029. the potential of this technology has expanded dramatically in recent years.

The medical and dental industries have successfully leveraged the advantages of shorter lead times, reduced waste and the opportunity for mass customisation, according to a recent IDTechEx Research report, 3D Printing in the Medical and Dental Industry 2019–2029.

3D printing allows the production of a wide range of personalised devices from hearing aids to Invisalign® aligners to prosthetic limbs. Personalisation, says the report, is particularly important as it improves patient comfort and therefore adherence to any concurrent treatment.

3D printing is also emerging as a method of manufacture for several other medical devices where customisation is key to improving therapeutic outcomes.

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