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Cluster: Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing in everyday language) was originally developed to produce complex industrial prototypes. In the recent past, additive manufacturing has been increasingly used in medicine, especially orthopedic and trauma surgery. Due to the relatively cheap and fast production of complex anatomical structures, which are difficult to produce using traditional machine methods, additive manufacturing can be integrated into research, medical teaching and training. In close cooperation with the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Technology, work is currently underway to allow for manufacturing of anatomical models for preoperative planning, intraoperative visualization, but also patient-specific instrumentation and implants. Overall, the Additive Manufacturing cluster aims to individualize patient care and improve their general outcome.

Emir Benca, PhD

Cluster Coordinator

Maximilian Pestel

Cluster Member

Selected publications

  • E. Benca, B. Eckhart, A. Stoegner, E. Unger, M. Bittner-Frank, A. Strassl, C. Gahleitner, L. Hirtler, R. Windhager, G. M. Hobusch, . Moscato. Dimensional accuracy and precision and surgeon perception of additively manufactured bone models: effect of manufacturing technology and part orientation. 3D Print. Med. (2024). DOI:10.1186/s41205-024-00203-4
  • M. Bittner-Frank, A. Strassl, E. Unger, L. Hirtler, B. Eckhart, M. Koenigshofer, A. Stoegner, A. Nia, D. Popp, F. Kainberger, R. Windhager, F. Moscato, E. Benca, Accuracy Analysis of 3D Bone Fracture Models: Effects of Computed Tomography (CT) Imaging and Image Segmentation. J Digit Imaging. Inform. Med. (2024). DOI: 10.1007/s10278-024-00998-y

  • E. Benca, B. Ferrante, E. Unger, A. Strassl, L. Hirtler, R. Brånemark, R. Windhager, G. M. Hobusch, Patient-specific guides for accurate and precise positioning of osseointegrated implants in transfemoral amputations: a proof-of-concept in vitro study. medicina. (2023). DOI:10.3390/medicina59030429
  • E. Benca, B. Ferrante, M. Zalaudeck, L. Hirtler, A. Synek, F. M. Kainberger, R. Windhager, R. Brånemark, G. M. Hobusch, E. Unger, Thermal effects during bone preparation and insertion of osseointegrated transfemoral implants. Sensors. (2021). DOI: 10.3390/s21186267