The Commonwealth scientific and industrial research organization has developed materials such as titanium and polymer suitable for 3D printing medical parts.
Due to their biocompatibility, flexibility, and durability, silicone resins are popular for medical parts. 3D printing, on the other hand, allows for complex geometries and customization of medical features.
With the development of silicone resins suitable for 3D printing, medical professionals can now create patient-specific parts and devices, such as implants and prosthetics, with greater precision and accuracy. Medical 3D printing can lead to improved patient outcomes and reduced recovery times.
As mentioned in CSIRO’s article,¨The titanium and polymer sternum replacement was designed by Anatomics and was modeled exactly to CT scans of the patient. We 3D printed the sternum then Anatomics added the polymer. It was then shipped to the United Kingdom, where a surgical team implanted the sternum in the British man.¨
CSIRO’s development of these silicone resins is an exciting advancement in medical 3D printing. It will be interesting to see how this technology continues to develop and be adopted in the medical industry.
Silicone resins are often used in medical applications because they are biocompatible, meaning they don’t harm living tissue and can be easily sterilized. By developing silicone resins that are suitable for 3D printing, CSIRO is helping to advance the field of medical 3D printing.
3D printing can create custom patient implants and prosthetics, reducing the time and cost associated with traditional manufacturing methods and providing a better fit for patients. Also, 3D printing can enable the creation of more complex geometries, which can enhance the performance of medical devices.
Overall, developing silicone resins suitable for 3D printing is a significant step forward for medical 3D printing and has the potential to revolutionize medical device manufacturing.