Cranial Polypropylene Implants by Fused Filament Fabrication

Matthias Katschnig, Florian Arbeiter, Bernd Haar, Gord von Campe, Clemens Holzer

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This study evaluates the feasibility and suitability of polypropylene (PP) implants produced by Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) for the substitution of damaged cranial bone material from the polymer-engineering point of view. The establishing of imaging methods, suitable printing material preparations, best printing practice regarding PP, and a first testing approach of the mechanical implant performance are addressed. Results indicate that PP implants are accurately printable and seem to be mechanical usable for cranial bone substitution. Further investigations concerning impact behavior and medical applicability will be conducted.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1600676
Number of pages5
Journal Advanced engineering materials
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2016

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