3D printing using DMLS and DMLM medical-grade stainless steel and titanium allows for the development of tailor-made products according to patient scans and freeform designs that cannot be traditionally machined. 3D printed medical implants and other products can incorporate lattice design structures that encourage bone and tissue growth, which minimizes rejection rates and conforms easily with the human body. DMLM and DMLS 3D printing also allows for cost-efficient small batch production. Rapid prototyping and quick turn production allows medical suppliers and designers to service physicians and hospitals with flexible JIT delivery and responsive lead times.
There is no need for expensive tooling or set-up costs with DMLM/DMLS. 3D dental implants can be printed with tolerances of +/- 0.0002 and feature micro-channels and anatomical shapes not otherwise possible with traditional manufacturing. With 3D printing, dental implants can be as complex as needed without the hefty price tag.