The purpose of this project is developing an automatic computer-aided design method to increase the efficiency and accuracy of complex spine surgery based on additive manufacturing technology. This project is a 3-year project, and has two focal point: the automatic design for drill guide template on cervical vertebra surgery and the development for a FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)-type three- dimensional (3D) printing system with composite materials. First, the vertebrae will be extracted from the computed tomography (CT) images of a patient and converted to 3D polyhedral models. After choosing the target drill regions of screws in the 3D polyhedral models, the optimal drilling angle and depth will be obtained without injuring the spinal cord by proposed positioning algorithm. After that, a drill guide template will be developed and fabricated by proposed 3D printer with composite materials.
|Effective start/end date||1/08/15 → 31/07/16|
- Additive Manufacturing
- Rapid Prototyping
- Spinal Surgery
- Composite Material
- Functionally Graded Material
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