A technology is only considered disruptive if it provides a much cheaper and more comfortable way of providing care. There have been articles about what we can print out in 3D today from equipment and casts to biomaterials and drugs. The 3D4MD team just demonstrated a perfect example of how such a technology can deliver care in regions where the lack of resources is an everyday problem.
3D4MD has designed and tested a solar-powered, plug-and-play, ultra-portable 3D printing system to manufacture a range of hygienic, effective, and low-cost medical supplies at the point of use. Designing this system to fit inside a carry-on suitcase allows safer handling of fragile parts and saves money by avoiding checked baggage fees.
So it is not only about 3D printing low-cost medical supplies, but creating a system to do that where it is actually needed. Brilliant. This is how disruptive innovations coupled with the right people can make a change. Soon every physician’s medical bag will include a 3D printer.