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Title: Design and Analysis of 3D Customized Models of a Human Mandible
Authors: Martorelli, M
Maietta, S
Gloria, A
De Santis, R
Pei, E
Lanzotti, A
Keywords: Mandible;Reverse Engineering;Stereolithography;Fiber-reinforced composites;Experimental Testing
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: SECOND CIRP CONFERENCE ON BIOMANUFACTURING, 2016, 49 pp. 199 - 202 (4)
Abstract: Polymer-based composites are ideal for applications where high strength-to-weight and stiffness-to-weight ratios are required. In the biomedical field, fiber-reinforced polymers have replaced metals, emerging as suitable alternative. Reverse engineering and additive manufacturing methods are required to achieve the design of customized devices with specific shape and size. At the same time, micromechanics and macro-mechanics play an important role in the development of highly functional composite materials. The aim of this research is to develop customized 3D models of a human mandible using reverse engineering, additive manufacturing and composite material technology. Experiments were carried out by loading the models through the condyles and the results show the potential to reproduce the mechanical behavior of a human mandible. Taking into account the curves of the load-arch width decrease, the stiffness of the 3D composite model was 14.1± 1.9 N/mm, which is close to the tested human mandible (17.5 ± 1.8 N/mm).
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