Date

2010

Degree Name

BS in Graphic Communication

Department

Graphic Communication Department

Advisor(s)

Xiaoying Rong

Abstract

3-D printing is an additive printing process based on inkjet printing principles. Using this technology, a variety of materials can be used to create a three-dimensional product. Currently this technology is expensive, however it is slowly becoming more affordable. 3-D printing has the potential to change the future of medical model production and prototyping, due to the beneficial products it can produce. The objective of this research study is to discover the technological advancements in 3-D printing that could greatly affect several aspects of the medical industry. The areas discussed include high-risk surgery, dentistry, and prosthetics. After conducting six interviews with medical professionals, it was discovered that 3-D printing is a viable technological source that all professionals are eager to use and implement into their medical line of work. 3-D printing is a revolutionary technology that has the possibility to positively affect the work of medical professionals, while enhancing the lives of others.

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