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3D Bone Prints
Several stages are necessary to transform raw 3D data from CT into a 3D printed bone. Segmentation describes the process of extraction of the 3D data describing the bone itself from the complete data set. Some subsequent CAD processing is generally required to remove artefacts (e.g. the CT table surface) and unwanted regions of bone. The 3D model is then exported to 3D-printer software where it is prepared for printing.
Bones can be printed in various materials including autoclavable and biocomplatible plastics, although these are not usually necessary for the most frequent uses of 3D printed bones including deformity visualisation, surgical rehearsal and plate precontouring.