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 Applying to medical school or looking for a startup opportunity in the medical devices field?  3D printing offers a range of possibilities.

 By Ben Feuer

Surgery is just the beginning. 

 Advances in 3D printing, an automated process of printing 'layers' of a material until a complete model is formed, have allowed small medical device companies to forgo the usual costs associated with outsourcing manufacturing. 

This is great news for MBA candidates with an interest in medical devices -- companies are already saving hundreds of thousands of dollars on specialized parts and tools through the use of these devices.  But the potential for 3d printing is nearly limitless -- they're talking now about printing the thumbprint of your dreams on coffee mugs.  How would you like to wake up to that every morning?

 Of course, as with any new technology, there are potential pitfalls.  One of the big ones is copyright -- it is more or less the wild west out there for the moment, but once serious money begins to enter the field (as it is already doing) lawsuits and battles for control of '3d representations of everyday objects' can be expected to follow.  Bad news for MBAs and MEDs -- good news for law students.

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