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Medical 3D printing in Dubai

A 3D printing lab was inaugurated by the Dubai health Authority (DHA) which has allowed pre-operative analysis to take place

Medical 3D printing in Dubai

With the rapid expansion of the 3D printing technologies around the world and particularly in the MENA region, the availability of both household and specialized products is set to grow drastically. The UAE, with its 3D printing hubs based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi is geared up to become a major node in the development of 3D printing technologies, and as has become apparent over the last decade the expansion of the industry commercially also means an expansion of the technological possibilities of this technology. At Apex Research Laboratories we envision many ways in which such technologies can help you in your everyday life, but also help you bridge critical requirements.

Medical 3D printing technologies are a major fulcrum of the 2016 Dubai 3D printing strategy inaugurated by the vice-president, prime-minister and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Makhtoum. The expansion into the medical industry as such has been one of the most vital and specialized points of the expansion of the 3D printing industry, which has pushed both medical technology as well as the 3D printing technology itself past unexpected and futuristic frontiers.

Developments in Dubai

A 3D printing lab was inaugurated by the Dubai health Authority (DHA) which has allowed pre-operative analysis to take place. Pre-operative analysis reduces the time required by medical procedures drastically. In the case of the DHA there is a concerted effort to have bio-medical and software engineers working side-by-side to ensure the models are both accurate and case specific. 3D printing has shown particular effectiveness in recent times in cases of replacement of bones denuded by tumours. Moreover, the pre-operative models provided to the doctors by bio-engineers are made to the specification of each patient and at a level of detail that would take a far greater amount of time for manual construction of these parts. These procedures are also economically far more viable and tend to become more and more affordable as the machines are further fine tuned to the requirements of each procedure, implying that after an initial stimulus these technologies would be able to produce greater refinement with the expansion of their respective markets. Such processes of technological change (TC) or paradigm shifts within the market process point to an economic picture very different from the canonical image of industrial society that is ascribed to market growth. While such expanding markets at times can also have a down side in that industrial standard at the inception stages of most markets tend to be negligent, we at Apex Research Laboratories work to ensure that our production standards are stringent and that accuracy and detail of the products are maintained nonetheless.

This gradual streamlining of products is particularly marked and an apparently innovative and creative part of the 3D printing industry, and it is in this sense that Dubai is directing its vision towards the future, and at AR Laboratories we aim to be part of this vision.

Innovations

3D printing has allowed huge advances in surgery reducing the time it takes to conduct surgery drastically particularly through the creation of models in complex surgeries which allow surgeons to make more precise incisions thus reduces both time and risk. In the dental sciences too 3D printing allows the printing of several replicas for the same model at a low cost and at the same time, in a much shorter period, allowing a more suitable fit for items such as crowns. The varieties of materials that are used implies that different textures can be crafted into the same product. 3D printing also allows for the printing of blood vessels and tubes involved with movement of waste out of the body, which also shows the microscopic detail to which these technologies have advanced. Apex Research Laboratories has developed medical prosthesis such as mechanical hearts, through FDM printing, using PLA filament (for more on FDM printing see our FDM printing, and FDM printing Dubai and Abu Dhabi pages.) Where conventional 3D printing technologies use a variety of materials to accomplish the printing medical 3D technologies uses biomaterial known as bio-ink to accomplish this task. Bioinks are made up of living matter of molecules called hydrogels mixed with living cells and different types of chemicals.

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