The fact is, that we have build our world on plastics. 3D printing of plastic materials is already in use in the production of prototypes and miniatures as well as in the manufacturing of small plastic parts and products. Wide-spread manufacturing technology is currently under development. Interesting things may be ahead since in principle the production of our daily plastics (such as cups etc.) can be decentralized from the plastic factories to our homes.
According to this week’s news 3D printing technology has helped to replace 75 percent of a patient’s skull with the approval of U.S. regulators. The first U.S. surgical operation was done on March 4. The used printing technology utilises poly(etherketoneketone), PEKK – a special polymer material, that has proved suitable for human implants.
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Group-Blogger Mirja Andersson / Senior Lecturer