The world's top hospitals, through medical imaging software and services, have enjoyed a continuously improvement in 3D printing hardware and training on surgeons and new employees in this field. Currently, nearly 3% of large hospitals and medical research institutions have embraced 3D printing technology on site.
In the United States, due to its advances and improvement recently, 3D printing will witness its extension from hospital teaching and specialty centers to broader hospital systems. For example, Boston Children's Hospital has applied 3D printing with team training and preoperative planning including the participants of clinicians, industrial engineers, designers, simulation specialists, illustrators, and patient care teams.
3D printing has been used as a tool of real anatomical models and surgical training aids. More often, 3D printing is regarded as a standalone aids with personalized elements.
It is estimated that by 2021 this will be a market of one billion to two billion U.S. dollars; so far, the most prevailing part of using 3D printing is Preperative Planning. Some international researchers have also published relative data as well as reports on using 3D printed implants.
Finally, in the medical field, 3D printing will see it work more from the obscure back-end lab to the forefront as important part of the preoperative preparation and simulation program. In the long run, new technologies such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality will be collaborated with 3D printing technologies to enhance dynamic anatomical modeling and generate and then perform special functions.