3D Printed Implant Manufacturing
Using the CT scans, Bonash is able to make patient specific (custom made) 3d printed implant despite the substantial damage to patient’s skull. Researchers see 3D printing as beneficial in very cases as the implant fits more snugly due to customization and less time is spent in the operating room.
In the end, the patient looks better too with the incision scar hiding behind the hair line. They are also resistant in the case of an impact. The surgery to insert a typical 3D printed implant (custom made implant) took only about four hours, and was very successful.
The use of 3Dprinting has enabled us to work with patient specific model with a fully embedded implant. In the era of patient specific implant designs, using topology optimization method in order to find the structurally optimized solution, can eliminate the uncertainty of choosing heuristic shapes for critical surgeries like mid-face reconstruction.
3D Printing promises to produce complex biomedical devices according to computer design using patient specific anatomical data. Since its initial use as pre-surgical visualization models and tooling molds, 3D Printing has slowly evolved to create Patient specific (custom made) implants, scaffolds for tissue engineering and etc.