Published On: August 9, 2021

3D Printed Prosthetics: A Medical Revolution

Prosthetics offer patients improved mobility and quality of life. And 3D printing allows for creating prosthetics that are lighter and more comfortable. With some printers (like our HP 580 MJF) offering full-colour printing, patients can enjoy a wide array of design options, too.

So it’s no surprise that 3D printing is taking the prosthetics manufacturing and medical industries by storm. Chabloz Orthopédie, for instance, recently produced its first 3D printed cranial helmet. 3D printed cranial helmets offer a better solution for treating plagiocephaly, as their frames are far lighter than traditional ones. Additionally, with higher-end printers and malleable materials, such helmets can be made without any design constraints, which is vital as helmet shape will affect the baby’s head shape.

AbilityMade also took advantage of 3D printing and, in 2019, produced their first full-colour children’s foot orthotic. Kids need to express their identity, and putting their own colour choices and designs on prosthetics would go a long way to making them more comfortable with wearing the device.

Seeing how 3D printed medical devices can benefit patients, we have also expanded our manufacturing range to include 3D printed orthotics and prosthetics. To learn more, contact us today.