The global 4D printing in healthcare market is expected to register significant growth over the forecast period.4D printing in healthcare is a transformative technology that utilizes a digital computer-aided design (CAD) model todesign a 3D physical model of smart material. The employment of 4D printing in healthcare allows for the personalization and customization of medical equipment, drugs, and products, benefiting patients and healthcare workers. Additionally, a growing focus on technological developments in medical devices, increasing expenditure on the healthcare infrastructure, particularly in developing nations, and growing awareness of the broad spectrum of uses for 4D printing technology are the main factors contributing to the growth of 4D printing in the healthcare market.
Growing research and development activities and increasing investment by key market players drive market growth. Moreover, increasing user preferences to shift from 3D printing devices to 4D printing devices will accelerate market growth. For instance, in November 2022, 4D Biomaterials announced it would launch its 4D Design medical device innovation and design services at Formnext, a hub for additive manufacturing, this month. This service offering has been recognized in reaction to encouraging consumer demand for ‘enhanced innovation support.’ Furthermore, using 4D printing technology, materials with variable qualities may be created, and these properties can vary in response to changes in pressure, moisture content, or temperature. For instance, as per the report published in ResearchGate, the research on using 4D printing in dentistry will be increasing to create sophisticated dental crowns, smart bridges, surgical templates, aligners, and orthodontic braces that can be modified to each patient's specific needs after a temperature change.
Additionally, the advancement of 4D printing technology is replacing conventional manufacturing methods in various industries, such as medical equipment, automotive production, and aerospace engineering. The development of smart, programmable materials and recent technological advancements in 3D printing fuel market growth. For instance, according to theAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, in Colorado, technicians and doctors are using 4D magnetic resonance imaging to create a multicolored 3D model of the heart that shows blood flow.
The rising demand for organ transplants is anticipated to boost the development and application of 4D printing in healthcare. For instance, as per the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA),in 2022, over 42,000 organ transplants were performed in the U.S., marking a 3.7% increase from the previous year. According to the same source, 104,234 men, women, and children are on the national transplant waiting list.Organ shortages have been a persistent challenge in the medical field. However, 4D printing presents a novel and promising solution to this problem. This technology allows personalized and adaptable organ constructs to match individual patient's unique anatomical and physiological needs closely. This, in turn, reduces the risk of organ rejection and is expected to drive market growth.
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