The use of 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) in the field of orthopedics is relatively new. Its main usefulness lies in understanding the anatomy of bones and joints, teaching and research, surgical planning of complex fractures, deformity of limb and spine, manufacturing customized jigs for trauma, arthroplasty and spinal surgery, and manufacturing customized implants. This innovative technology is now penetrating fast for the clinical use for orthopedic surgeons and hence its knowledge is essential.
3D printing Additive manufacturing Orthopedic surgery Trauma Technology
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