3D Printing in Medicine

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), refers to various processes used to synthesize a three-dimensional object. In 3D printing, successive layers of material are formed under computer control to create an object. These objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and are produced from a 3D model or other electronic data source. 3D printing in the term’s original sense refers to processes that sequentially deposit material onto a powder bed with inkjet printer heads. More recently, the meaning of the term has expanded to encompass a wider variety of techniques such as extrusion and sintering-based processes. 3D printing has been used to print patient specific implant and device for medical use. 3D printing technology can now be used to make exact replicas of organs. The printer uses images from patients’ MRI or CT scan images as a template and lays down layers of rubber or plastic.


In the present book, twelve typical literatures about 3D printing in medicine published on international authoritative journals were selected to introduce the worldwide newest progress, which contains reviews or original researches on medical science concerning 3D printing. We hope this book can demonstrate advances in 3D printing in medicine as well as give references to the researchers, students and other related people.

Components of the Book:
  • Chapter 1
    Recent Advances in 3D Printing of Biomaterials
  • Chapter 2
    Review: Polymeric-Based 3D Printing for Tissue Engineering
  • Chapter 3
    Experimental Study of PLLA/INH Slow Release Implant Fabricated by Three Dimensional Printing Technique and Drug Release Characteristics in Vitro
  • Chapter 4
    The Role of Visualization and 3-D Printing in Biological Data Mining
  • Chapter 5
    3D Printed Ventricular Septal Defect Patch: A Primer for the 2015 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Hands-On Course in 3D Printing
  • Chapter 6
    3-Dimensional Bioprinting for Tissue Engineering Applications
  • Chapter 7
    Low Cost Production of 3D-Printed Devices and Electrostimulation Chambers for the Culture of Primary Neurons
  • Chapter 8
    Use of a Real-Size 3D-Printed Model as a Preoperative and Intraoperative Tool for Minimally Invasive Plating of Comminuted Midshaft Clavicle Fractures
  • Chapter 9
    Mandibular Reconstruction Using Plates Prebent to Fit Rapid Prototyping 3-Dimensional Printing Models Ameliorates Contour Deformity
  • Chapter 10
    The Use of a Low Cost 3D Scanning and Printing Tool in the Manufacture of Custom-Made Foot Orthoses: A Preliminary Study
  • Chapter 11
    The Residual STL Volume as a Metric to Evaluate Accuracy and Reproducibility of Anatomic Models for 3D Printing: Application in the Validation of 3D-Printable Models of Maxillofacial Bone from Reduced Radiation Dose CT Images
  • Chapter 12
    Three-Dimensional Printing as an Aid to Airway Evaluation after Tracheotomy in a Patient with Laryngeal Carcinoma
Readership: Students, academics, teachers and other people attending or interested in 3D Printing in Medicine
Helena N. Chia
Department of Bioengineering, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Gui Wu
Department of Orthopaedics, Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science And Technology, Wuhan, China

Talia L. Weiss
Department of Genetics, Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA

Bon Kang Gu
Laboratory of Tissue Engineering, Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences, Gongneung, Nowon, Seoul, Korea

Joanna D. Wardyn
Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Colin E. Dombroski
Faculty of Health Science, Department of Physical Therapy, Western University, Ontario, Canada

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