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3D Printing Part of an ‘Unparalleled Period of Invention’

3D Printing Part of an ‘Unparalleled Period of Invention’

Written by David

November 30, 2018

The FDA acknowledges that “advances in material science, digital health, 3D printing, as well as other technologies continue to drive an unparalleled period of invention in medical devices.” The perspective comes from a Nov. 26, 2018 statement by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Jeff Shuren, Director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, outlining transformative new steps to modernize FDA’s 510(k) program to advance the review of the safety and effectiveness of medical devices. FDA’s Medical Applications of 3D Printing web page notes that commercially available 3D-printed medical devices include instrumentation, implants and external prostheses. Says the agency, “Some devices are printed from a standard design to make multiple identical copies of the same device. Other devices, called patient-matched or patient-specific devices, are created from a specific patient’s imaging data.” The report says 3D printing/additive manufacturing can also “be used to reduce waste by using fewer raw materials […]

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