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Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Jan 21. [Epub ahead of print]

The Current Role of Three-Dimensional (3D) Printing in Plastic Surgery.

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1Division of Plastic Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 2Department of Plastic Surgery, Wexner Medical Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.


Since the advent of three-dimensional (3D) printing in the 1980s, it is now possible to produce physical objects from digital files and create 3D objects by adding one layer at a time following a predetermined pattern. Due to the continued development of inexpensive and easy- to- use 3D printers and bioprinting, this technique has gained more momentum over time, especially in the field of medicine. This paper reviews the current and possible future application of 3D printing technology within the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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