3D printing – the future of construction? – Dr Moataz Attallah

Sep 01, 2014, 12:50 PM

3D printing is still in its infancy, but it has already provided astonishing opportunities for the manufacturing sector, affecting healthcare, transport and construction. Sam talks to Dr Moataz Attallah, Professor in Advanced Materials Processing at the University of Birmingham, about the future of the sector and a 3D printed medical implant developed as part of his research. Moataz explains ‘3D printing allows us to print very specialized patterns on the surface of medical implants. These patterns enable bone in-growth into the implants and they will improve and increase the implant life.’ Not only will the technology provide a longer lasting implant, but the implant will also have the ability to release drugs slowly into the body. Could 3D printing really bring about the third industrial revolution? Transcript: http://bit.ly/1x10RDt