Rapid prototyping models for dysplastic hip surgeries in Malaysia

  • R. DhakshyaniEmail author
  • Y. Nukman
  • N. A. Abu Osman
Original Article


This research was done to determine the benefits of fused deposition modelling (FDM) models produced from computed tomography (CT) data in dysplastic hip surgeries. Since there is limited published information on the benefits of FDM models in dysplastic hip surgeries, this questionnaire study was conducted to provide such information. MIMICS software was used to prepare the three-dimensional model of the patients which was then used to produce the FDM models. These models were given to the orthopaedic surgeons with a questionnaire to obtain their feedback. Orthopaedic surgeons found the FDM models very useful in planning surgery which helped them make decisions and increased their skill and knowledge. The orthopaedic surgeons found that the models were excellent as surgical visual aid, helpful in preplanning surgery and determining surgery procedure. The results obtained showed the benefit of using FDM models in dysplastic hip surgeries.


Computed tomography Rapid prototyping Fused deposition modeling models Dysplastic hip Orthopaedic surgery 



The authors would like to thank Dr.Tai, Dr.Merican, Dr.Jas, Dr. David, Dr.Chandran, Dr.Chee, Dr.Saiful, Dr.Ng, Dr.Subi, Dr.Sa, Dr.Chua, Dr.Siv, Dr.Rav, Dr.Thir, Dr.Azli, Dr.Athar, Dr.Hwee, Dr.Ian, Dr.Chan and Dr.Gurj for their assistance in this research. This research was supported by the Sponsored Research Unit, University of Malaya (PS103/2009C).

Conflict of interest

No benefits in any form have been or will be received from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this manuscript. Although the author(s) has/have not received and will not receive benefits for personal or professional use from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this manuscript, benefits have been or will be received but are directed solely to a research fund, foundation, educational institution or other non-profit organization with which one or more of the author(s) is/are associated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Engineering, Design and Manufacture, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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