The New Frontier in 3D Printing

The technology can now reproduce human organs—and Canadian businesses are leading the way

Every human being is unique. That’s one reason three-dimensional printing, which enables the creation of products tailored to individual preferences and needs, is a natural fit for the medical field. The technology has already spurred a great leap forward in the way prosthetic limbs, and artificial bones and joints are made, for example. A surgical first was achieved last July in New York when doctors used a 3D replica of an infant’s heart, created from an MRI scan, to guide them through an operation on the child’s actual heart to overcome a congenital defect.
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