A novel classification and online platform for planning and documentation of medical applications of additive manufacturing

Jukka Tuomi, Kaija Stiina Paloheimo, Juho Vehviläinen, Roy Björkstrand, Mika Salmi, Eero Huotilainen, Risto Kontio, Stephen Rouse, Ian Gibson, Antti A. Mäkitie*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

!Additive manufacturing technologies are widely used in industrial settings and now increasingly also in several areas of medicine. Various techniques and numerous types of materials are used for these applications. There is a clear need to unify and harmonize the patterns of their use worldwide. We present a 5-class system to aid planning of these applications and related scientific work as well as communication between various actors involved in this field. An online, matrix-based platform and a database were developed for planning and documentation of various solutions. This platform will help the medical community to structurally develop both research innovations and clinical applications of additive manufacturing. The online platform can be accessed through http://www.medicalam.info.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-559
Number of pages7
JournalSurgical Innovation
Volume21
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • additive manufacturing (AM)
  • classification
  • education
  • innovation
  • medical applications
  • rapid prototyping
  • surgery

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