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Ann Transl Med. 2015 Dec;3(22):359. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2305-5839.2015.12.01.

Highlighting the medical applications of 3D printing in Egypt.

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1 The Orthopaedic Department, October 6 University, Cairo, Egypt ; 2 Central Metallurgical Research & Development Institute, Cairo, Egypt.

Abstract

Computer-assisted designing/computer-assisted manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology has enabled medical practitioners to tailor physical models in a patient and purpose-specific fashion. It allows the designing and manufacturing of templates, appliances and devices with a high range of accuracy using biocompatible materials. The technique, nevertheless, relies on digital scanning (e.g., using intraoral scanners) and/or digital imaging (e.g., CT and MRI). In developing countries, there are some technical and financial limitations of implementing such advanced tools as an essential portion of medical applications. This paper focuses on the surgical and dental use of 3D printing technology in Egypt as a developing country.

KEYWORDS:

3D printing; Additive manufacturing; digital direct manufacturing; rapid prototyping

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