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Medical 3D Printing: Where Are We Now?

Written by David

January 29, 2019

In 2015, market research firm Gartner projected that medical 3D printing would become the pioneering field that would drive additive manufacturing (AM) into the mainstream in two to five years. Four years have passed, so we’ve decided to examine the industry to determine if Gartner’s predictions have come true. Gartner’s 3D printing hype cycle curve from 2017, the most recent graph made public by the firm. (Image courtesy of Gartner.) In this article, we’ll explore a handful of medical 3D printing stories from the past year to gain perspective on the level of adoption at which the technology stands. 3D-Printed Implants In August 2018, Osseus Fusion Systems received its fourth FDA 510(k) clearance. This time it was for its Aries family of 3D-printed lumbar interbody fusion devices. The Dallas-based company’s devices are printed using Osseus’s proprietary 3D-printing platform, PL3XUZ. With porosity at 80 percent, according to the company, these […]

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