Establishing a process line from Digital Volume Tomography, through CAD/CAM implant modeling to the fabrication of patient individual implants and surgical guides.
Taking advantage of latest developments in high resolution x-ray scanning, we realize CAD/CAM models directly from digital volume data without time consuming manually processing. This allows the inhouse modeling of patient individual surgical guides for treatment as well as – in the long term run – patient individual implants.
Patient individual surgical guides and implants are more and more demanded by clinical professions and patients. Designing and manufacturing these parts comes especially with time consuming steps with different software and hardware involved. The current workflow also brings more inaccuracy into the original therapy concept. Our approach is concentrated to integrate these steps into one single process line – from high-resolution imaging, through CAD/CAM modeling to fabrication.
A technical feasibility study has been performed on 10 patients delineates individual surgical guide systems for maxillofacial surgery. Splints for jaw corrections are derived from digital volume tomography data and are fabricated through 3D rapid prototyping. We expect that this process line can be optimized within the next year and that patient individual surgical guides become clinical routine.
Conflict of interest: None declared.