January 9, 2019
The global market for 3D printing of medical devices will have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 23% through 2023, according to research firm Technavio.
Technical advancements have helped spur adoption of 3D printing in the medical industry. Those advancements include increased volume capacities for the printers, as well as greater efficiency and higher levels of precision.
Medical professionals are also adopting 3D printing technology in the clinical setting, using the devices to print detailed models of human organs for surgical planning, as well as creating custom-designed implants and prostheses.
According to Technavio:
“Pre-surgical planning of certain procedures such as shoulder arthroplasty can be performed much more effectively using 3D images than 2D images and complex spinal deformities can also be studied better using a 3D anatomical model. Also, in radiology, 3D anatomic models are useful for explaining imaging findings, such as breast calcifications or fetal anomalies, which is difficult for many patients to conceptualize.”
The Americas currently hold the largest shared of the medical 3D printing market at 46%. According to the report, that can be attributed to increased demand for personalized or customized medical devices and rising adoption of 3D printing technology by medical professionals in those countries.
The orthopedic and spinal segment was the largest in 2018, followed by dental applications and hearing aids.
You can purchase the report, “Global 3D Printing Medical Devices Market – Size, Growth, Trends, and Forecast for 2019 – 2028,” here.