Friday, January 3, 2014

Veterinary Highlights: 3D Printer Applications In Veterinary Medicine

3D printing? Is technology catching up with science fiction? I suppose it is.

What is 3D printing?

Well, it's kind of what you'd think it is. It is making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. These accurate representations can have any shape and can be scaled or in true size.

It makes me think of a scene from The Fifth Element, where the machine built the whole body from a DNA sample. Have you seen that? Not that we're that far, but maybe one day ...

What does 3D printing have to do with veterinary medicine?

3D printing can be used for diagnostic purposes, planning complex interventions and surgeries as well as for demonstration to the client. It can even be used for printing bio implants.

Clinical applications include orthopedics, oncology and vascular problems.

Holding an actual replica of the real thing beats looking at imaging.

It better compliments the way human brain was designed to work. Definitely interesting.

Do you feel like you're in a science fiction movie yet?

Source article:
Printing 3-D models eases complicated veterinary surgeries

Further reading:
What is 3D Printing?
3D printing for better veterinary care

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