By Lauralyn McDaniel, 3Dprint.com Guest Column
Manufacturing is evolving, taking new forms enabled by additive manufacturing/3D printing (AM3DP). For medicine, AM3DP has fueled a rise in point-of-care (POC) manufacturing, improving the patient, and turning doctors into manufacturers.
POC manufacturing is not new. As far back as 1976, POC manufacturing used more traditional manufacturing methods at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York for creation of custom orthopedic devices. Today, HSS uses AM3DP to develop prototypes for next generation implants and to build anatomical models for complex cases. POC manufacturing has also been identified as an approach for cellular therapies and eventually, tissue fabrication[…]