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Additive manufacturing techniques and their biomedical applications
  1. Yujing Liu1,
  2. Wei Wang2 and
  3. Lai-Chang Zhang1
  1. 1. School of Engineering, Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA, Australia
  2. 2. School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA, Australia
  1. Corresponding Author: Lai-Chang Zhang School of Engineering, Edith Cowan University, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup, Perth, WA 6027, Australia Tel.: +61-8-63042322 Fax: +61-8-63045811 E-mail: lczhangimr{at}; l.zhang{at}


Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as three-dimensional (3D) printing, is gaining increasing attention in medical fields, especially in dental and implant areas. Because AM technologies have many advantages in comparison with traditional technologies, such as the ability to manufacture patient-specific complex components, high material utilization, support of tissue growth, and a unique customized service for individual patients, AM is considered to have a large potential market in medical fields. This brief review presents the recent progress of 3D-printed biomedical materials for bone applications, mainly for metallic materials, including multifunctional alloys with high strength and low Young’s modulus, shape memory alloys, and their 3D fabrication by AM technologies. It describes the potential of 3D printing techniques in precision medicine and community health.

  • 3D printing
  • titanium porous implants
  • mechanical properties
  • orthopedic surgery

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