Dr. Deepak Gubbi Shivarathre is the Director of Supercraft3D which is a Singapore head quartered Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) service bureau with focus on Healthcare and Medical applications.
The medical world is opening its eyes to the benefits of custom made implants. Managing large bone defects could be quite a challenge for Orthopedic Surgeons. Custom made implants manufactured by 3D printing technology ensures a precise fit to the bone defect specific to that particular patient. The 3D printed implants offer a superior advantage on both mechanical and biological fronts compared to the current "off-the-shelf" implants. Custom made implants reduce the surgical time, minimize complications and are proving to be a cost-effective solution in difficult scenarios.
The technology also allows building models for a more effective surgical pre-planning and patient education. The hindrances to 3D printed implants have been the cost, availability and the manufacturing time which have been addressed by the Supercraft3D team. With increasing awareness and availability, 3D printing is ready to take the next big leap in revolutionizing modern medicine.
Supercraft3D has raised $1 million, or approximately Rs. 6.6 crore, from Flipkart cofounder Binny Bansal and four other angel investors.