From the printer: Potential of three-dimensional printing for orthopaedic applications

S. Mok, R. Nizak, S.C. Fu, K.K. Ho, L. Qin, Daniël B.F. Saris, K. Chan, J. Malda

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Three-dimensional (3D) printers can create complex structures based on digital models. The combination of medical diagnostic imaging with 3D printing has great potential in day-to-day clinics for patient-specific solutions and applications. In the musculoskeletal system, 3D printing is used to create custom-made implants, patient-specific instrumentation, and to regenerate tissues, in particular bone and cartilage. The major limiting factors for bioprinting include the lack of printing techniques with optimal printing resolution and materials with ideal mechanical strengths while maintaining cellular functionality. Before “tissues from the printer” can be widely applied, further research and development on improving and optimising printing techniques and biomaterials, and knowledge on the development of printed constructs into living tissues, is essential for future clinical application of this technology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-49
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of orthopaedic translation
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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