3D printing is an innovative methodof manufacturing which has many exciting applications in various domains one ofwhich is health care. For more than three decades, 3D printers have been usedby experts but it is only recently that its accessibility has increasedmanifolds because of a significant drop in its price. The previously used bulkyindustrial machines have been upgraded into their desktop versions using 3Dprinting. It is progressively becoming affordable and is transforming thehealth care industry.
3D printed items have the benefit of being customized foreach and every application. The technology is promising as it continues toevolve every day. 3D printing finds its application invarious aspects of healthcare. Starting from critical surgeries to hairlinefractures, 3D printing can be of essential use in the healthcare sector. Using3D printing technology, we plan to manufacture dental implants, exact anatomicalmodels, prosthetics, casts, Bio printed organs etc.In dental implants, 3D printing canbe of prime importance, not only for functional purposes but also in terms ofaesthetic beauty. 3D printed implants are used to support the jawbones orbraces used to align teeth.
3D printed casts too find its use in the dentalcare industry to enhance the personal aesthetics. This eliminates theredundancy of additional bone reductions.In critical cases such as open heart,spinal or neurological surgeries the surgical guides play a pivotal role in theprocess. 3D printed surgical guides can be used to perform these criticalsurgeries with improved precision. These surgical guides can be customized asper the patient requirements and it acts as a stencil to make precise andaccurate cuts and incisions in the patient’s body.The prosthetics market is growing inIndia. Prosthetics used to support the life of any amputee can be manufacturedusing 3D printing technology.
3D printing is gaining traction as more and moreawareness is spreading to the remote areas of the country.Bio printing is in vogue these daysas organ transplant has become more and more common in our daily lives. Tissuesand layers of cells are being printed using the 3D printing technology. Thesewill reduce the cost of organ transplant by a large extent.
These are printedin extremely protected and sterile environment so as to minimize any chance ofinfection in the patient’s body.There has been a brouhaha over theinsane cost of the stents. Activists have been over this topic and have pushedthe authority to relax the prices as it is meant to serve many people over alarge cross section of society. In this very context 3D printed stents can be ahuge saviour for the patients who need the treatment but are unable to affordit owing to high costs.3D printed medicines is anotherrevolutionary idea which would increase the supply of critical medicines in themarket.
There is always a dearth of the life-saving drugs in our country and ithas become more acute with the increasing population of the nation.The potential to grow in thehealthcare sector is immense in our country. With the population growing at arate highest in the world, healthcare needs to be of state of the arttechnology in order to come in terms with the demand and to provide the serviceat an affordable price. 3D printing in India is meant to grow further in futureunleashing potentials and unlocking abilities of the disabled andrevolutionising the healthcare industry like never before.
For our business plan we are choosingboth B2B and B2C segment for our product. We would like to target thee-commerce business model i.e.
online business store. We plan to form a networkwith various hospitals. The hospitals can educate the patients regarding 3Dprinted products along with their options. The printer required for suchbusiness proposals are SLS or Jet Wax Printer. The business mission statementwill be ‘to be the top provider of state of the art 3D printed healthcareproducts for Indian patients’. The business vision statement will include, ‘improving customer’s life using the power of3D printing’.