Discover how manufacturers, educators, engineers, designers, architects and medical professionals are using 3D printing to shrink product lead times, achieve cost savings and empower the next generation.

Medical & Dental

3D printing is increasingly used in the medical field for a number of applications as medical professionals can give patients the personalized healthcare they expect as well as improving accuracy and outcomes. 3D models bring scans to life for added certainty and preparation.


  • Surgical planning
  • Patient communication
  • Medical instruments
  • Clinical training

Projects around the world are using 3D printing to print low-cost prosthetics. Lake Victoria Disability Centre in Tanzania has been using the Ultimaker 2+ Extended for a number of years to print upper-limb prosthetics. Using this machine reduced their printing time per prosthetic from 40 hours to 10 hours, meaning they can help more patients with life-changing custom low-cost prosthetics.


Dentists are using 3D scanners combined with 3D printers to produce moulds, visual aids, bridges, crowns, guards and more. Using technology saves weeks of time as it drastically reduces manual tasks. Each product is also accurately tailored to the patient.


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Surgical Planning

Know what to expect before entering the operating theatre

Patient Communication

Turn patient scans into models they can see, hold, and understand

Medical Instruments

Prototype medical and research devices, or produce assistive tools when required

Clinical Training

3D print anatomical models to train teams and improve results for patients

Case Study: Dr Boyd Goldie

3D printed bone models

Dr. Goldie reduced the time involved with bone model preparation from weeks to hours while saving significant costs.


External Suppliers Ultimaker 3D printers and proprietary software Ultimaker 3D printers and Ultimaker Cura software
Cost per model
$850
Cost per model
$345
Cost per model
$7
Time per model
2 weeks
Time per model
5 hours
Time per model
2.5 hours

"3D printing has utterly changed my workflow. As a surgeon, it helps me plan my operations and gives me a better understanding of what I'm dealing with so I don't have any surprises in the operating room. With modern radiology software, you can see a virtual model on-screen, but there's nothing like holding a model in your hands"


— Dr. Boyd Goldie,

Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, MBBS, BSc, FRCS, DHMSA