The use of additive manufacturing (AM) in the medical industry is well established in making dental implants, artificial hip joints, and molds for invisible braces. The layer-by-layer technique, also known as 3D printing, promises to grow further, aided by better design tools and increasing numbers of design engineers trained in AM, the possibility of faster prints, a flattening cost curve, automation, and the need for patient-specific devices that can’t be made as well or at all with traditional manufacturing.

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