Researchers from RMIT University’s Center for Additive Manufacturing in Melbourne, Australia, are proposing a new concept called Just-In-Time, that applies to additive manufacturing (AM) prosthesis design. This particular approach adopted by the Australian research converts raw CT scan data directly into 3D printable porous calcaneal prostheses. This research has been awarded first prize in 2016 Mimics Innovation Awards for Asia-Pacific region.
DICOM-to-lattice design methodology
A novel DICOM-to-lattice structure method was introduced in which 2D DICOM cross-sections were converted into periodic lattice structures. Hence, there was no need for 3D reconstruction, manual intervention, data conditioning or smoothing operations. This resulted in highly geometrically accurate and conformal lattice structures produced in less time.
Although these results show a lot of promise, further work needs to be done before the methodology reaches a broad clinical use.
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