The 3D Printing Revolution You Have Not Heard About

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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