CC BY-NC 4.0 · Arch Plast Surg 2015; 42(03): 267-277
DOI: 10.5999/aps.2015.42.3.267
Review Article

Clinical Application of Three-Dimensional Printing Technology in Craniofacial Plastic Surgery

Jong Woo Choi
1Department of Plastic Surgery, Asan Medical Center, Ulsan University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
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Namkug Kim
2Department of Convergence Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Ulsan University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
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Three-dimensional (3D) printing has been particularly widely adopted in medical fields. Application of the 3D printing technique has even been extended to bio-cell printing for 3D tissue/organ development, the creation of scaffolds for tissue engineering, and actual clinical application for various medical parts. Of various medical fields, craniofacial plastic surgery is one of areas that pioneered the use of the 3D printing concept. Rapid prototype technology was introduced in the 1990s to medicine via computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing. To investigate the current status of 3D printing technology and its clinical application, a systematic review of the literature was conducted. In addition, the benefits and possibilities of the clinical application of 3D printing in craniofacial surgery are reviewed, based on personal experiences with more than 500 craniofacial cases conducted using 3D printing tactile prototype models.



Publication History

Received: 24 February 2015

Accepted: 03 March 2015

Article published online:
05 May 2022

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