3D printing of medical devices

Mary B. McGuckin, Achmad Himawan, Linlin Li, Jiaqi Gao, Qonita Kurnia Anjani, Yara Naser, Ke Peng, Camila J. Picco, Anna Korelidou, Rand Ghanma, Eneko Larrañeta

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The current state of 3D printing in the medical field is explored here, specifically in the fabrication of implantable medical devices. Also known as additive manufacturing, it is a versatile technology that enables the production of prototypes and complex objects using a variety of materials. It has gained considerable attention in recent years due to the potential to create customised medical devices and dosage forms that match the specific needs of patients, resulting in precise and individualised care. Applications of 3D printing range from surgical tools and catheters to implantable devices which provide sustained drug release. This chapter discusses the current techniques and materials used in 3D printing of medical devices, as well as regulatory challenges faced surrounding sterilisation and quality control.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication3D printing and bioprinting for pharmaceutical and medical applications
EditorsJose Luis Pedraz Muñoz, Laura Saenz del Burgo Martínez, Gustavo Puras Ochoa, Jon Zarate Sesma
PublisherCRC Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781003274568
ISBN (Print)9781032228662
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2023


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