Transactions on Additive Manufacturing Meets Medicine
Vol 2 No 1 (2020): Trans. AMMM
https://doi.org/10.18416/AMMM.2020.2009011

Material Properties, Structural Designs, and Printing Technologies

Dimensional characteristics of FDM 3D printed PEEK implant for craniofacial reconstructions

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Neha Sharma (Medical Additive Manufacturing, University Hospital Basel), Philipp Honigmann (Cantonal Hospital Basel-Land, Liestal, Switzerland), Shuaishuai Cao (Medical Additive Manufacturing, Basel, Switzerland), Florian Thieringer 

Abstract

Additive manufacturing (AM) or three-dimensional (3D) printing is rapidly gaining acceptance in craniomaxillofacial surgeries. Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) patient-specific implants (PSIs) have been used, mainly in reconstructive surgeries, as a reliable alternative to other alloplastic biomaterials. With the use of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing technology, complex anatomical shaped PEEK PSIs can be fabricated within a clinically acceptable dimensional accuracy range and in a short time-frame. This aspect paves the way for prospective clinical applicability, especially in an in-house 3D printing set-up, where hospitals can utilize this digital AM workflow to provide personalized treatments cost-effectively.

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