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Design and fabrication of reconstructive mandibular models using fused deposition modeling

Esfandyar Kouhi (Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, Industrial Research Institute Swinburne, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia)
Syed Masood (Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, Industrial Research Institute Swinburne, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia)
Yos Morsi (Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, Industrial Research Institute Swinburne, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 1 August 2008

Abstract

Purpose

Combination of advanced imaging, designing and manufacturing techniques has been rapidly developed in recent years for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes for medical devices. The purpose of this paper is to present a methodology for design and fabrication procedure of medical models using computer‐aided design (CAD) and fused deposition modeling (FDM) technique for application in the mandibular reconstructive surgery.

Design/methodology/approach

Case studies of patients with mandibular defects are examined using CAD model construction including data acquisition from computerized tomography scan and data processing. Furthermore, the effect of advanced manufacturing parameters settings in FDM methodology is investigated.

Findings

The models were used in assisting the surgeons in their reconstruction planning. A significant improvement regarding the success and convenience in surgery planning been reported.

Originality/value

This paper explores the application and viability of FDM rapid prototyping technology for fabrication of complex mandibular models used for reconstructive surgery.

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Citation

Kouhi, E., Masood, S. and Morsi, Y. (2008), "Design and fabrication of reconstructive mandibular models using fused deposition modeling", Assembly Automation, Vol. 28 No. 3, pp. 246-254. https://doi.org/10.1108/01445150810889501

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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