Having a future where 3D printing becomes a part of our everyday lives isn't too far away. From professions to hobbies, the possibilities of three dimensional printing are staggering considering the options or avenues it opens for anyone in need of parts (ranging from prosthetic limbs or model airplane parts.) 3D Printing Companies are growing leaps and bounds due to what they can do for the medical/dental industry advances that can take place at the touch of a button.CCTV recently did a story regarding the leaps and bounds 3D printing does for implants (not only being less time-consuming waiting for a donor but being more cost-effective for patients.) In the case of the news clip the patient had a tumor in their vertebra in which he needed a replacement to survive. The medical team created an implant of the vertebra which was then printed with titanium alloy (after transmitting the gentleman's CT scans to the device.)
Acknowledging that they are still pioneering these medical advances they are also considering the materials being used for the procedure are still under development since being researched in 2009 and then placed under clinical observation in 2012. One of the main issues they're dealing with is the lagging of their government approval towards this method of implants and how an early response could put them at the forefront of the vertebra printing in the medical field.As opposed to an early 1950's article picturing how everyone will be flying a UFO to work, this vertebra example alone shows just how important three dimensional printing can be in our not too distant future as it is currently being done and in testing stages. With over one-hundred cases being on file and being published in major medical journals the future of implants has gotten much easier (and brighter) for patients.