False teeth, hip joints and replacement knees – and potentially printable skin and organs – will drive growth in the burgeoning market for 3D printers over the next decade, according to new research. A report suggests that dentistry and medicine will increasingly harness one of the 21st century’s most exciting technological breakthroughs.The technology is better known to British households for its ability to replace broken crockery or produce awkward figurine “selfies.”

But a report by Cambridge-based market research firm IDTechEx says ceramic jaw or teeth implants and metal hip replacements will become increasingly common 3D fare.

The parts are created by nozzles laying down fine sedimentary layers of material that build a product indistinguishable from an item that has rolled off a factory conveyor belt.

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