Sept 10, Colombo: Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne today declared opened the newly constructed three-dimensional printing facility for making artificial human body parts.
The 3D printing facility, which is affiliated to the Accident and Orthopedic Unit, is located in the Orthopedic Clinic of the Colombo National Hospital.
The new unit was established following the World Health Organization's Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology program introduced to improve access to assistive products for everyone, everywhere.
It is notable that except for the scanner of the 3D printer, all parts, and most importantly the software are made in Sri Lanka.
In addition to artificial limbs and other body parts, some medical devices can also be manufactured by this 3D printer. From the 1950s until yesterday, the artificial body parts were made of a mold made of Plaster of Paris.
The 3D printing press, which opened today, will be of immense service to the patients, Minister Dr. Senaratne said. Patients can get body parts made 100 percent fit to their bodies. It uses a sophisticated technology that is far superior to the previous ones.
If made with Plaster of Paris, it would take over 3 weeks. The new 3D printing press can complete the task in as little as 4 hours.