The most recent issue of The Economist predicted that this “additive manufacturing” process would bring manufacturing from offshore back to the United States. The reason for this disruption: 3D printing permits rapid customization of products, and in those circumstances it is much more economically sound to have the manufacturing closer to the customer, thereby enabling a rapid response to customer preferences.
Medical Uses Of 3D Printing
Example of replication of a real object by means of 3D scanning and 3D printing. The gargoyle model on the left was digitally acquired by using a 3D scanner and the produced 3D data was processed using MeshLab. The resulting digital 3D model, shown in the screen of the laptop, was used by a rapid prototyping machine to create a real resin replica of original object. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
As I described in an earlier post, a Belgian company and associated surgeons have replaced an elderly woman’s degenerating jawbone with a 3D printed, customized titanium replacement. Shortly after waking from surgery, she was able to speak a few words. A day after surgery, she was speaking and swallowing normally again.
How The Software Runs Creates 3D Objects From Photos Or Plans
The video embedded below demonstrates a software program (AutoCAD) turning photographs into a 3D printed object: