Revolutionizing Facial Reconstruction Using 3D Printing and Haptic Design

“The way we are approaching this type of reconstructive facial surgery means that we can perfectly translate the surgical plan from start to finish, having already anticipated many of the problems that would need to be tackled,” said Eggbeer.

- Geomagic Freeform enables rapid iteration of implant design and surgical planning
- 3D Systems’ ProJet, SLA and MultiJet 3D printing technology used for prototypes, surgical practices and surgical guides

The Centre for Applied Reconstructive Technologies in Surgery (CARTIS), an innovative partnership between surgeons and design engineering experts in Wales, is leading the way in revolutionizing this kind of surgery by researching and developing new ways, technology and processes to prepare for successful surgery. This unique combination of skills and talents has successfully developed new approaches and solutions that are changing the way facial reconstructions are carried out.
“This is groundbreaking work,” said Adrian Sugar, Consultant Cleft and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Morriston Hospital. “The combination of being able to use the patient’s own data from CT scans, being able to ‘feel’ bone fragments in
the virtual world, model implants, and manufacture custom-designed devices and implants is changing the way we approach surgery and is significantly reducing surgery times.” It is also allowing us to introduce a degree of pre-surgical planning and more accurate outcomes for the patient which was previously not achievable.

 

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