~ 2008 RTAM/SME DICK AUBIN DISTINGUISHED PAPER AWARD ~
Cranioplasty surgical procedures that are performed to correct defects of the skull require reconstruction of both form and function. Custom implants have gained importance because of their better performance over generic counterparts due to their precise adaptation to the region of implantation and reduction of surgical time and better cosmesis. Recent introduction of electron beam melting has opened a new horizon for the possibility of direct fabrication of patient-specific titanium prostheses from CT scan data. This presentation will discuss the design strategy for the fabrication of craniofacial implants using EBM technology, taking into account mechanical, biological, and manufacturing constraints. Finite element analysis has been used to predict the effective mechanical properties of the porous structures.
Presented at: RAPID 2008 CONFERENCE & EXPOSITION, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, May 20-22, 2008, Lake Buena Vista, FL.