The medical applications of additive layer manufacturing (ALM) are continuously increasing. “Digital Healthcare” makes breakthrough achievements and “3D scan-to-parts” will sooner or later become a routine. Relying on medical scanning & imaging technologies (CT, MRI, and ultrasound), this new approach to healthcare offers more affordable and effective solutions, which are already on the way to alter existing supply chains.
All medical sectors that have already adopted these 3D printed components benefit from a leaner supply chain. ALM doesn’t require multi-steps production operations or any additional tooling and minimizes the need for inventory. This leads to reduced costs and lead times, especially for small volumes and complex parts as in orthopedics.