Additive Uncovered: The Benefit and Challenges of Additive Manufacturing for Medicine and Dentistry

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The medical and dental market is one of the strongest verticals in additive manufacturing applications. Healthcare applications in AM, also commonly referred to as 3D printing, equates to approximately 20% of the global additive manufacturing market, which is set to rise as further potential uses of this technology in medicine and dentistry are identified. Notably, the AM medical device market, including hearing aids and dental crowns has rapidly grown in recent years with new advances for use in tooling, surgical guides, optics and drug development. The market is clearly growing, but what are the benefits…and challenges?