3D printers help in education of future doctors
3D printed organs, besides being applicable for planning of operations, are also useful for education of future doctors. A 3D printed organ might be hollow or made of flexible materials, which increases its similarity to actual human parts.
Such realistic phantoms are powerful substitutes for animal organs – although trainings with animal organs used to be an important source of skills, it is not as accurate as working with “actual” human parts. Education with application of 3D printed organs increases quality of skills that future doctors obtain during their training, and consequently will lead to excellence in medical treatment of patients.
With 3D printers it is possible to print drugs
Another application of 3D printers in medicine, perhaps unexpected, is production of drugs. With 3D printers it is possible to control for a precise level of an active substance within the pill, which might help in providing personal treatments for every patient.
The most sensitive this topic is with marijuana-based drugs, which might require a specific dosage of active elements in order to maximize the positive effect and minimize the negative effect, developing more individualized treatment for each person. Recent development of a way of 3D printing marijuana contributes to the further development of printing drugs.