19 amazing examples of 3D printing in the medical world

What you're seeing here is a fully personalised heart sensor. A 3D printed sensor that's a perfect fit the for the user, as everyone's organs are different. (image credit: Washington University in St. Louis)
This bio-printing system ensures doctors can create a patient-specific heart valve that's more likely to take and keep the user alive. (image credit: J. Butcher, Cornell University)
3D printing is helping with the development of exoskeletons designed to help disabled people by giving them back the ability to move in ways they couldn't. (image credit: Stratasys)
An 83-year-old woman was faced with issues of a chronic bone infection and doctors turned to 3D printing to print a new jaw. (image credit: Xilloc)
3D printing in calcium phosphate, the main constituent of natural bone, allows bone repair like never before. (image credit: Xilloc)
It's nearly possible to load living cells into a capable machine to 3D print tissues, organs and more. (image credit: Dr Will Shu / Biofabrication)
Medical researchers have successfully designed a printer that's capable of printing kidney cells into a three-dimensional kidney prototype. (image credit: Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine)
If you're worried about losing teeth, you might not need to worry much longer. Soon dentists might be able to print you a replacement. (image credit: Stratasys)
Biomedical engineers are 3D printing replacement noses to help those in desperate need of reconstructive surgery. (image credit: Mount Sinai)
3D printing isn't limited to new body parts and skin cells, it's also being used in the creation of medication. In this case epilepsy meds. (image credit: Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Company)
3D bioprinting techniques are also applied to the creation of replica body parts that can be used in the training of new surgeons. (image credit: Suhtling Wong-Vienneau/University of Central Florida)
What you're looking at here might be the start of 3D printed prescription lenses, though it's certainly in its early stages. (image credit: Formlabs)
A college student, low on cash but not lacking in ideas used 3D printing technology to create his own orthodontic braces after scanning his teeth, (image credit: Amos Dudley)
Surgeons used 3D printing techniques to create a replacement skull which was successfully implanted in life saving surgery. (image credit: UMC Utrecht)
Scientists successfully created the first functional 3D printed ear that's capable of hearing frequencies beyond that of the average human ear. (image credit: FRANK WOJCIECHOWSKI/PRINCETON UNIVERSITY)
Researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands have 3D printed microscopic objects designed to mimic and allow the study of microswimmers.  (image credit: Leiden University)
This is a project aimed at creating covers for leg prosthesis to add a bit of style and flair to an otherwise uninspiring but necessary medical appendage. (image credit: Tomas Vacek/art4leg)
A medical research team in Finland have used nano-structure cellulose to make 3D printed smart dressings that not only heal but also monitor skin wounds. (image credit: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd)
Another superb use of 3D printing in the medical space is the printing of parts that can be used to repair damaged skulls.  (image credit: 3D Medical)

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