China’s first medical research and development center focused on 3D printing technology has recently been established in Changchun, a city located in the north of the country.
A few hospitals have already begun to use 3D printed artificial joints as prosthetic replacements, among them the Changchun hospital, which successfully conducted a surgery providing a woman with a 3D printed elbow replacement. The R&D center was set up by the Chinese government to promote the application of 3D printing technologies in the medical field. Further details haven’t been made public so far, however, we can see on the pictures that doctors use equipment of Shining 3D, a Chinese company that has recently introduced the EinScan-S 3D scanner on Kickstarter.
The Chinese government is not only supporting the future of medical 3D printing, but the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has also been heavily investing in the industrial 3D printing sector.