April 20, 2023
Advancements in 3D scanning technology have opened up a world of possibilities, from healthcare to archaeology to wildlife conservation. By creating detailed digital models of real-world objects and environments, 3D scanning allows us to visualize and manipulate the physical world in previously impossible ways.
But 3D scanning is not just a cool technology; it has the power to transform lives. From creating custom prosthetic limbs to planning complex surgical procedures, 3D scanning makes a real difference in people’s lives. In this post, we’ll explore five incredible stories of how 3D scanning has been used to save or change lives, from reconstructive surgery to wildlife conservation. These stories demonstrate the tremendous potential of 3D scanning technology to improve our world and positively impact society.
So sit back and prepare to be amazed by these inspiring stories of how 3D scanning has been used already to save or change lives:
- Reconstructive Surgery: In 2018, a team of surgeons at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK, used 3D scanning and printing technology to create a 3D-printed model of a patient’s skull. The patient had a rare condition where his skull was compressing his brain, and the surgeons used the 3D model to plan and practice the complex surgery required to reconstruct his skull. The surgery was successful, and the patient’s quality of life improved significantly.
- Prosthetic Limbs: 3D scanning and printing technology have been used to create custom prosthetic limbs for people of all ages. In one example, a team of researchers in Egypt used 3D scanning to create a customized prosthetic arm for a young girl who lost her arm in an accident. The 3D-printed arm was not only more comfortable and functional than a traditional prosthetic, but it was also much more affordable.
- Archaeology: 3D scanning has also been used to help archaeologists preserve and study ancient artifacts. For example, in 2019, a team of researchers used 3D scanning to create a digital model of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy. The 3D model allowed researchers to study the mummy’s physical characteristics in detail without risking damage to the fragile remains.
- Medical Training: 3D scanning and printing have also improved medical training. In one example, researchers in Spain used 3D scanning to create a 3D-printed model of a human heart, which was used to train medical students on the intricacies of heart surgery.
- Wildlife Conservation: 3D scanning has also been used to help conservationists study and protect endangered species. For example, in 2018, researchers used 3D scanning to create a digital model of a critically endangered black rhinoceros. The model allowed researchers to study the animal’s anatomy in detail and to develop custom-fit protective gear for the rhinoceros to wear, protecting it from poachers.
These are just a few examples of how 3D scanning has been used to save or change lives. As technology continues to improve, we can expect to see even more innovative and life-changing applications in the future.
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