3D Technology: What it Means for Medicine

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Oct 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    pills.jpegThe average American fills nearly 12 drug prescriptions at their local pharmacy each year, according to a study done by the Kaiser Family Foundation. What many may not know is that this number could soon be significantly reduced with the help of 3D printing and design.

    3D printing and design has made its way into the healthcare industry, most notably for designing and printing prosthetics, medical equipment or organ replicas. While 3D printing allows for faster (and often more affordable) production, the technology also holds other benefits when it comes to drug prescriptions.

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    So, what exactly is a 3D-printed pill?

    For starters, 3D-printed pills are like any other prescription drug you’ve likely had in your life, except they were developed with a 3D printing technology. 3D technology allows researchers and health professionals to develop a unique shape and size of pill, and customize it for any individual to fit their needs.

    Read on to learn more about the benefits of 3D-printed prescription drugs.

    Benefits of 3D-Printed Medicine

    clinic-doctor-health-hospital-1.jpgBesides the potential to cut costs, 3D-printed medicine has been found to have a number of health benefits, including:

    • Faster release
    • Drug customization
    • Drug combinations

    With 3D technology, medical engineers can produce prescription drugs specifically tailored to the individual, rather than prescribing the most common dosage of a medicine. This is especially helpful to individuals with drug sensitivity, or those who are prone to side effects.

    Similarly, the ability to combine multiple drugs in one single pill means individuals can cut down on the number of drugs being consumed. For instance, a cancer patient going through chemotherapy treatment may be prescribed a high number of pills to take each day. With 3D technology, researchers have been able to develop medicine with multiple drug combinations in a single pill.

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    When it comes to designing pill capsules and engineering the shapes and makeups of a drug, engineers need accurate precision tools. Consider the new CadMouse Wireless when working on your next project.

    The CadMouse Wireless includes all of the same benefits users love about the CadMouse, but is an ideal solution for remote or mobile professionals—such as medical engineers—who need to maintain a highly efficient workflow. Benefits of the CadMouse Wireless include:

    • Dedicated middle mouse button
    • High-precision optical sensor with a resolution of up to 7,200 dpi
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    • Customizable command buttons
    • Ergonomic design

    When it comes to designing and producing medical solutions, engineers need high-performance tools to help maintain accuracy and efficiency. With the CadMouse Wireless, users receive cutting edge precision combined with flexibility.

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