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3D printed acetabular cups for total hip arthroplasty: A review article

Dall'Ava, L; Hothi, H; Di Laura, A; Henckel, J; Hart, A; (2019) 3D printed acetabular cups for total hip arthroplasty: A review article. Metals , 9 (7) , Article 729. 10.3390/met9070729. Green open access

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Abstract

Three-dimensional (3D) printed titanium orthopaedic implants have recently revolutionized the treatment of massive bone defects in the pelvis, and we are on the verge of a change from conventional to 3D printed manufacture for the mass production of millions of off-the-shelf (non-personalized) implants. The process of 3D printing has many adjustable variables, which taken together with the possible variation in designs that can be printed, has created even more possible variables in the final product that must be understood if we are to predict the performance and safety of 3D printed implants. We critically reviewed the clinical use of 3D printing in orthopaedics, focusing on cementless acetabular components used in total hip arthroplasty. We defined the clinical and engineering rationale of 3D printed acetabular cups, summarized the key variables involved in the manufacturing process that influence the properties of the final parts, together with the main limitations of this technology, and created a classification according to end-use application to help explain the controversial and topical issues. Whilst early clinical outcomes related to 3D printed cups have been promising, in-depth robust investigations are needed, partly because regulatory approval systems have not fully adapted to the change in technology. Analysis of both pristine and retrieved cups, together with long-term clinical outcomes, will help the transition to 3D printing to be managed safely.

Type: Article
Title: 3D printed acetabular cups for total hip arthroplasty: A review article
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/met9070729
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/met9070729
Language: English
Additional information: © This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: 3D printing; additive manufacturing; orthopaedic implants; total hip arthroplasty; acetabular cups
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Ortho and MSK Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Mechanical Engineering
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10081282
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