Usage of Industrial Computed Tomography for Evaluation of Custom-Made Implants

Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 606)


Development of additive technologies and biocompatible materials facilitated their use in the custom-made implants manufacture. Verification of custom-made implants manufactured using the additive manufacturing technologies is the key task to be fulfilled prior to the clinical application of an implant. It consists of parameters verification within individual steps, from a software design, through manufacturing, surface finishing, up to finalization of a medical product. The article presents possible uses of a 3D printing and the computed tomography (Metrotom 1500, Carl Zeiss, Germany) for the verification of selected parameters of customized implants manufactured using the Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) technology with the EOSINT M280 equipment (EOS GmbH, Germany) from the biocompatible titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V (Grade 5). The article describes the possibilities of the computed tomography use in the verification of implant shapes and external dimensions, as well as internal structure. The internal structure means the implant porosity assessment.


Additive Manufacturing Coordinate Measuring Machine Direct Metal Laser Sinter Additive Manufacturing Process Scanning Distance 
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Presented paper was supported by the project Research of New Diagnostic Methods in Invasive Implantology, MSR-3625/2010-11, Stimuli for Research and Development of/( Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and project KEGA 036TUKE-4/2013, Implementation of New Technologies in Design and Fabrication of Implants in Biomedical Engineering and Related Scientific Fields and Creation and promotion of Technologies in diagnostics of components and junctions with computed tomography (lTMS:26220220038) supported by the Research & Development Operational Programme funded by the ERDF.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering and MeasurementTechnical University of KošiceKošiceSlovakia
  2. 2.Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical InformaticsUniversity in KošiceKošiceSlovakia
  3. 3.CEIT Biomedical EngineeringKošiceSlovakia

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