The medical community continues to be one of the quickest growing users of additive production technologies. Additive manufacturing is still a great facilitator of precision medicine throughout practices as utilization of these technologies continues to rise. Among the leaders of emerging medical applications for 3D printing lies surgical preparation – doctors around the globe are using 3D printing technologies to convert patient information into functional models, used for both educational and practical functions.
Education and Preparation
Before 3D printed vascular flow models, planning for surgery essentially entailed trying to picture in what way the devices would fit and looking at 3D reconstructions from patients’ CT scans on the computer. Because it was difficult to extrapolate all of the essential information from these 3D reconstructions, adaptations needed to be manufactured on the fly through the procedures themselves. This added another component of uncertainty and both lengthened the process time. While cadavers offer the chance to practice deploying apparatus, they don’t mirror the anatomy of special patients, as the vessels are formalin fixed, nor do they feel like vessels that are living.
Research tools and Implants
To create a low-cost approach to creating customized 3D-printed cranial implants which can be tailored to the human body of animals by performed pre-surgical computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) scans to generate three-dimensional (3D) models of the skull and brain and subsequently used 3D modeling applications to design chambers implantable head posts, and also a pedestal anchorage foundation, in addition to craniotomy guides to aid during surgery.
By scanning bone surgeons can fit custom-printed titanium implants. Replacing missing or fractured bone, quickly and easily create highly specialised and specific parts of the anatomy can be achieved because these items can be modeled and created onsite without specialised engineers to construct the parts.
“You sort of hear about 3D printing but it feels like it’s a school project in a way, you don’t actually think that it is going to have that level of implication”
Using 3D printing technology enabled us to quickly and affordably create unique, elaborate designs, averting the constraints levied by conventional production methods, thereby boosting experimental success and enhancing the wellbeing of the creatures.