Iron Man Hand Becomes Reality as 3D Printing in Medicine Grows

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In the United Kingdom, Paul Croft, Director at Ultimaker GB, shares how 3D printing using biomaterials has made strides in recent years in the medical industry and how it is changing healthcare as we know it. Recent applications are helping orthopedic surgeons’ 3D print a broken bone to prepare and more precisely plan for their surgery which is allowing them to disturb less soft tissue surrounding the fracture and leading to a quicker healing time for the patient.

Croft also noted the Open Bionics project which Diseny has licensed some of their intellectual property to it so they can make Disney themed prosthetics like an Iron Man hand or a Frozen arm, which can help kids who have to deal with a certain stigma of not having all their limbs.