Pre-Surgical Models, Surgical Guides & Custom Implants
Pre-surgical models is one of the major applications of 3D printing by the medical researchers and practitioners. CT scanning can be easily converted into .STL files and be printed using 3D printers.
These 3D printed models enable doctors to perform more accurate diagnoses in order to prescribe patients with best possible treatments.
Additionally, doctors can discuss with colleagues and even practice with the models prior to surgeries.
3D printing technology is widely adopted in surgical guides.
Surgical guides are used for insertion of human body implants and require high level of customization in order to fit each individual’s body shape and contour.
With 3D printing, these guides can be now be efficiently produced at lower cost than conventional methods of manufacturing.
PEEK 3D printing is used to create surgical implants.
Application of this technology can be commonly found in dentistry and orthopedics due to unique customizations on each implant are needed for each individual.
Generally, titanium and PEEK are utilized to create surgical implants because these materials are bio-compatible.