Special Issue "3D Printing for Medical Applications"

A special issue of Methods and Protocols (ISSN 2409-9279).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2021) | Viewed by 1488

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Dr. Nick Vordos
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Physics Department, International Hellenic University, 65 404 St. Lucas, Kavala, Greece
Interests: biomechanics; nanostructural characterization of biomaterials; nanotechnology; modeling hybrid systems; biophysics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

To date, 3D printing has been used in various sectors such as industry, sports, military, architecture and bioengineering with a multitude of benefits. Medical applications related to 3D printing are expanding rapidly and are expected to revolutionize health care. Additive technology in medicine is a multidisciplinary field which combines, among others, engineering, medicine, physics, chemistry, mathematics, material science, and information technology. Implants, 3D anatomical models before surgeries, 3D models for medical education purposes, bioprinting of organs and tissues, and printing of personal protective equipment are indicative applications of 3D printing in medicine. 

In this Special Issue titled “3D Printing for Medical Applications”, we welcome regular, review articles, clinical, in vitro and in situ studies, innovative protocols, and reports on these topics. This Special Issue seeks high-quality works and topics focusing on the latest novel medical applications of 3D printing. 

Dr. Nick Vordos
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Implants
  • Anatomical Models
  • Medical eEducational 3D Models
  • Materials
  • Bioprinting Organs
  • Bioprinting Tissues
  • PPE
  • Additive Technology

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Modern Applications of 3D Printing: The Case of an Artificial Ear Splint Model
Methods Protoc. 2021, 4(3), 54; https://doi.org/10.3390/mps4030054 - 06 Aug 2021
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Three-dimensional (3D) printing is a leading manufacturing technique in the medical field. The constantly improving quality of 3D printers has revolutionized the approach to new challenges in medicine for a wide range of applications including otoplasty, medical devices, and tissue engineering. The aim [...] Read more.
Three-dimensional (3D) printing is a leading manufacturing technique in the medical field. The constantly improving quality of 3D printers has revolutionized the approach to new challenges in medicine for a wide range of applications including otoplasty, medical devices, and tissue engineering. The aim of this study is to provide a comprehensive overview of an artificial ear splint model applied to the human auricle for the treatment of stick-out protruding ears. The deformity of stick-out protruding ears remains a significant challenge, where the complex and distinctive shape preservation are key factors. To address this challenge, we have developed a protocol that involves photogrammetry techniques, reverse engineering technologies, a smart prototype design, and 3D printing processes. Specifically, we fabricated a 3D printed ear splint model via fused deposition modelling (FDM) technology by testing two materials, a thermoplastic polyester elastomer material (Z-Flex) and polycaprolactone (PCL 100). Our strategy affords a custom-made and patient-specific artificial ear aligner with mechanical properties that ensures sufficient preservation of the auricular shape by applying a force on the helix and antihelix and enables the ears to pin back to the head. Full article
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