Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 3 | ARTICLE

Title: ADITIVE FABRICATION OF MEDICAL MODELS USING THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

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Publication: Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 3

Abstract:
Additive Fabrication Technology (AFT) has much to offer to the medical device industry, namely due to two principle advantages offered in comparison with other manufacturing technologies, i.e., the ability to manufacture highly complex parts to very high standards in highly flexible production volumes and the ability to produce devices that suit anatomical or physiological requirements of specific individuals, resulting in lower fabrication costs for these medical devices. This article presents some case studies on the application of one of the fastest and most affordable AFTs presented in the market today, i.e., Three-Dimensional Printing (3DP), to produce customized anatomical devices from anatomical data captured from an individual, by Computed Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), creating a unique design used for medical applications, such as visualization, diagnosis, operation planning, design of implants, external prostheses, surgical templates, production of artificial organs, communication (between the medical team and/or medical doctors and patients), teaching or didactic aids, or the production of medical surgical instrumentation tooling.

Keywords: Medical Devices, Rapid Manufacturing, Three-Dimensional Printing, Reverse Engineering




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