We recently reported on a blood recyling device developed and marketed by British company Brightwake Ltd. that made extensive use of 3D printing to produce prototype parts. The technology resulted in tremendous cost savings and accelerated time to market, according to the firm. The experience led the company's director of R&D to unabashedly proclaim that 3D printing is "the future of medical manufacturing." We agree wholeheartedly.
Here are five more examples of how innovators around the globe are using 3D printing to redefine the boundaries of medical technology.