Additive Manufacturing in Medical
Additive Manufacturing technology enables the production of 3D printed implants directly from a 3D virtual model, facilitating surgical procedures and reducing risks. Furthermore, AM has been used to produce custom made implants designed for individual patients in areas of medicine such as craniomaxillofacial surgery, with optimal size, shape and mechanical properties.
AM medical models have found application for planning treatment for complex surgery procedures, training, surgical simulation, diagnosis, design and manufacturing of patient specific implants as well as medical tools. SLM techniques have been applied in the production of custom made implants that meet the physical characteristics of each patient.