3D-printed prosthetics has often served as the poster boy for 3D printing, with (say) a 3D-printed hand serving to illustrate the wonderful things that can be achieved using 3D printing, however the capabilities of 3D printing in prosthetics are extending beyond just these often highlighted applications today.
In this report we forecast the future of 3D-printed medical prosthetics and orthotics, including how the supply chain is emerging in this space. Both volume and value forecasts are included. Exploration of the capabilities of printing into lower extremity prosthetics, medical braces for skeletal system treatments, printed insoles, and other similar applications are included.
This report explores the revenue potential for 3D printed medical implant markets including a discussion of the latest trends and their commercial implications. Printed implants of standard sizings in hip markets are approaching significant volumes, with more implant types now beginning to reach critical minimum real world trial length to be determined medically successful.
SmarTech thinks that these early trials have paved the way for more common orthopedic and medical implant procedures to achieve widespread commercial success in the future, with applications expanding rapidly into knee, spinal, shoulder, and other implants to serve specialty cases where traditional treatments would fail.
3D printing is extremely well suited for surgical planning and modeling and has seen significant penetration to date through patient-specific printed models and surgical guides or tools.
Primary market opportunities explored in detail in this report include printed anatomical models, which are advancing into a new hierarchical value structure thanks to use of low cost printers all the way up to advanced, highly realistic, multi-material professional systems. Also included are printed surgical guide and tool markets, as well as analysis on how these two primary components come together through software and specialty service providers to provide 3D print enabled surgical planning services –the next generation of surgical practice.
The dental industry is transforming into a fully-digital one quicker than most dentists imagined, and 3D technologies are completely altering the way in which dental solutions can be approached thanks to its ability to print a variety of complex shapes on demand, in a variety of applicable materials, in significant volumes.
No other industry currently adopting 3D printing has the same combination of high value, high performance, and high volume parts required by the dental industry, making 3D printing a near perfect fit for true disruption and game changing capability compared to existing traditional methods of production.