Image of 3d prints that help people; hearing aids and limbs.

There’s no doubt that 3D printers are fun. After all, they can make everything from cosplay costumes to toys. They also come in handy for hobbyists or professionals who want to make goods such as culinary equipment, product parts, models, replicas and so much more. But 3D printers have another use, one that makes a profound difference in the lives of people all over the world. Keep reading to learn more about the ways 3D printers can help and inspire.

3D Printed Hearing Aids

3D printed hearing aids; stl on thingiverse, printed, resin printed hearing aid

As technology has advanced, so has the 3D printer. It’s at a point where producing amazing products is easier and faster than ever. One such printing advancement is the behind-the-ear and in-the-ear hearing devices. These custom fit aids can be tailored to fit the optimal shape of the wearer’s ear to suit both the inner and outer ear as well as the degree of hearing loss. Giving a person the opportunity to hear again or for the first time is a significant life improvement thanks to 3D printing technology.

3D Printed Heart Valves

3D printed heart valves; three images

Every year thousands of senior citizens require an aortic valve replacement. Because of 3D printing, patients can expect improvements in the outcome of the minimally invasive replacement with great success. The models can be patient-specific to ensure the fit inside the damaged leaflets is perfect. Lifelike in texture and elasticity, the heart valve models are life changing – literally!

3D Printing New Limbs

3D printed limbs and cast

Over the last few years, 3D printing has been turning disabilities into superpowers with bionic limbs. The ability to 3D print prosthetics offers a new era of possibilities and performance. Because all the components of the limb can be printed on a 3D printer, this option is an incredible cost-effective alternative to the expensive and more traditional prosthetic options.

3D Printing a Mask Support

3d printed masks supports

As new illnesses continue to spread throughout the world, 3D printers are helping make mask-wearing far more comfortable. The mask support or “ear savers” easily attach to any size mask (adult or child size) to help support a better fit. Having the ability to 3D print an option for masks to comfortably stay put – particularly for those who wear them for hours at a time – is making life easier for many during the pandemic.

While these are just a few ways 3D printing is changing lives for the better, the possibilities are truly endless. The ability to easily create designs and products through innovative technology is improving life every day. It is truly exciting to imagine what opportunities await us in the near future!

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