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Why is 2016 the year for 3D printing in the medical sector?

p14 and 16 heart 3D Printing Medical_1Additive manufacturing is defined as the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer.This differs from traditional subtractive manufacturing methodologies, where a design is shaped by removing material from a solid or hollow mass. Its rise is often considered synonymous with industrial manufacturing and to have been boosted by enhancement in digital technologies.

Last year in particular, the capabilities of additive manufacturing began to be explored in the medical sector in greater detail than ever before, building on years of development in this area. Indeed, thanks to the renewed time and investment placed in the technology in recent times, it is now the source of some of the most cutting-edge and innovative developments within healthcare.

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