3D Prototyping To Plan and Guide Surgical Procedures

"costs are coming down and insurance companies are more willing to pay for these procedures because they help reduce our operating room time, they help ensure a better outcome for the patient, and they can help us avoid additional surgeries. I see this becoming more and more prevalent in coming years as our profession and the patients experience the advantages.”

Surgeons use 3-D prototyping and Selective Laser Sintering to plan and guide surgical procedures

First came the obvious; using rapid prototyping (RP) technologies such as 3D Systems’ SLS process, to streamline the development of production of industrial and commercial parts and products.

Then the scientific community got into the act. They began using RP technologies to replicate fossils and archaeological relics. Here, replicas of rare finds are created and distributed to interested parties. This allows simultaneous studies to take place by more than one scientific community or institution. In addition, distributing the replicas ensures that the precious original is kept in one safe location - or
repatriated if necessary.

Manufacturers. Scientists. Now it seems the medical and dental communities are getting into the act.
 

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