Additive manufacturing (AM) touches or will touch many aspects of our lives. From 3D printers that can quickly print prototypes to advanced metal laser sintering processes, everything from hip implants to that dental bridge or crown, are being “printed” from 3D modeling tools and software. The medical “parts” industry is a subset of AM industry which will hit $2.1 Billion this year and forecasted to be $3.7 Billion by 2015.
Creating a new hip takes an amazingly precise machine. Tens of thousands of acetabular hip cups (titanium implants) have been produced to date by AM advances.