Development of a novel additive manufactured medical device for limb fixation

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Supervisor:
Pammer Dávid Zoltán
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

The technology of 3D printing lately has become one of the most progressively developing sectors. Which was once a methodics aiming to additively produce prototypes, is now a pioneer in several branches of the medical sciences, providing the opportunity of establishing a “custom-tailored health care”. Albeit the medical utilization of miscellaneous materials appropriate for 3D printing raises several questions, either about their biocompatibility or about other ethical dilemmas. The utilization of this technique has been proved successful in numerous areas, among others as dental implants, membral and organic fixations, supporters or the customized physical modeling of the living tissue. In our research we primarily targeted areas relevant to physiotherapy and examined the justification of 3D-printed medical devices in orthopaedia, traumatology and prosthetics. Our goal is to design and produce an upper membral fixation made with additive technology, that is capable of eliminating the disadvantages of the conservative therapeutic approaches of various traumata. The 3D-printed forearm fixation that is producible after an x-ray examination, based on a 3D-scanned virtual model, would be supported by additional supplementary therapeutic techniques. The goal of this paper is to gain an overview of the literature on the types of the medical apparatus used in orthopaedia and traumatology, based on the possible upper membral traumata (fractures), and to survey the technical solutions provided by additive technologies, specifically the 3D-printing.

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