Mark Frame, an orthopedic surgeon in training, came up with a new way to make bone replicas that help surgeons plan their procedures. Not that anything was wrong with the replicas they had, but at hundreds or even thousands of pounds apiece, Frame searched for a cheaper way to get the same result. His first production, a plastic bone of a patient’s arm, cost just £77. And everything he needed was right there on the Internet.
In areas where we are required to produce an unique object it is usually connected to signficant costs since we have been predominantly living in a mass production society and it is in mass production processes energy and brains have been focused for the last centuries. That is yet another reason why 3d print will turn a lot of things on it’s head. With 3d printing the price for making a single unique object is dramatically much lower than we have built our economic assumptions and systems on. This example here is a good example of that. Another example might be e g with dentistry where much of the labor and cost is connected to produce e g individually designed teeth that fits in a specific mouth.(via Surgeon Uses 3D Printer To Make Models Of Bone – And Saves Hospital Bookoo Bucks | Singularity Hub)
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