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CARTIS to Showcase Benefits of Digital Design and Additive Fabrication in Maxillofacial Surgery

Jan.25, 2013

CARTIS (Centre for Applied Reconstructive Technologies in Surgery), of Cardiff, Wales, will present its best practices for the production of custom medical devices using digital technologies and additive manufacturing fabrication methods. This presentation will take place at the upcoming Advanced Digital Technologies North America Regional Leadership Group Conference, to be held in La Jolla/San Diego, California, January 25-26, 2013.

CARTIS is a unique partnership that combines the medical and technical expertise of the Maxillofacial Unit at Morriston Hospital and the National Centre for Product Design + Development Research (PDR) at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Through collaborative research and clinical application, the Centre has pioneered the effective application of advanced design and manufacturing technologies in reconstructive surgery and prosthetic rehabilitation.

Mr. Sean Peel, a Ph.D. candidate and medical applications research technician at Cardiff Metropolitan University and its Patient-Specific Medical Design Knowledge Transfer Center, will present three case studies that detail the use of disparate digital technologies to efficiently merge design expertise with clinical requirements. These cases have yielded a cranioplasty implant, an orbital-temporal implant, and a zygomatic osteotomy positioning jig/drilling guide. In creating these implants and guides, designers used the Geomagic Freeform 3D modeling system to perform digital anatomical reconstruction, implant form design and final implant detailing. These pieces were ultimately produced using additive manufacturing processes that included electron beam melting, selective laser melting and stereolithography.

Read more: 3ders.org – CARTIS to Showcase Benefits of Digital Design and Additive Fabrication in Maxillofacial Surgery | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News.

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