Fabrication of nasal prosthesis utilising an affordable 3D printer
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Conventional nasal prosthesis fabrication is highly dependent on the artistic skills of dental technologist. Present manufacturing process is laborious and time consuming. Fast prosthesis fabrication is required for patient with nasal defect to start an early rehabilitation process. This study attempted to explore the feasibility of an affordable FDM-based 3D printer for nasal prosthesis fabrication. Nose model was selected from a digital library followed by mould designing and printing prior to silicone moulding process. With an acceptable aesthetic outcomes and fast production time, the FDM-based 3D printer could be an alternative for indirect nasal prosthesis fabrication.
Keywords3D printing Nasal prosthesis FDM-based 3D printer
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The authors greatly acknowledged Mr Mathew Tan from SIRIM Berhad for the assistance on Geomatic Software.
This study was funded by the USM Research University Team Grant number (1001/PPSG/852004). First author is supported by the USM Fellowship Scheme.
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