Additive manufacturing in medical sciences: past, present and the future


  • Lakshya P. Rathore Department of Orthopaedics, SLBS GMCH, Himachal Pradesh
  • Naina Verma Department of of Otorhinolaryngology, SLBS GMCH, Himachal Pradesh



Additive manufacturing, Tissue engineering, 3D printing, Bioink


Additive manufacturing (AM) is a novel technique that despite having been around for more than 35 years, has been underutilized. Its great advantage lies in the basic fact that it is incredibly customizable. Since its use was recognized in various fields of medicine like orthopaedics, otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology etc, it has proved to be one of the most promising developments in most of them. Customizable orthotics, prosthetics and patient specific implants and tracheal splints are few of its advantages. And in the future too, the combination of tissue engineering with AM is believed to produce an immense change in biological tissue replacement.


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