From bones to guns, 3D printing’s route to mainstream consciousness (and media notoriety) has largely consisted of fantastic objects made using the technology. Not many, however, have reported of a prosaic, medical object made using this technology. If you wear a hearing aid, chances that you are already part of the 3D printing revolution. This is because your hearing aid was, probably, 3D-printed. According to Phil Reeves, author of a report on the 3D printing industry, there are more than 10,000,000 3D printed hearing aids in circulation worldwide. Jenna Franklin, marketing associate with EnvisionTEC, a leading manufacturer of 3D printers for the hearing aid industry, claims that a majority of hearing aids in the world are manufactured using 3D printers. A big reason for this transformation is due to the fact that 3D printers have converted a manual , labor-intensive industry into an automated one.
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