According to an article in Information Week, Inventor of 3D printing, Charles "Chuck" Hull, is amazed at the way his invention of 1983 is being to put to use in healthcare.
According to him :
"This is just amazing to me, the benefits that can bring. Healthcare has been one of our fastest-growing areas. I think the first one that impacted me was surgical planning, where maybe you do a CAT scan or MRI, and then use that data to construct a detailed model of the patient and whatever affliction there is, then the surgical team uses that to put in the surgery, so the surgery is not on the patient -- it's on models. "