3D Printing in Medicine

3D Printing in Medicine

1st Edition - April 1, 2017

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  • Editor: Deepak Kalaskar
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081007174
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081007266

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3D Printing in Medicine examines the emerging market of 3D-printed biomaterials and its clinical applications. With a particular focus on both commercial and premarket tools, the book looks at their applications within medicine and the future outlook for the field. The book begins with a discussion of the fundamentals of 3D printing, including topics such as materials, and hardware. Chapters go on to cover applications within medicine such as computational analysis of 3D printed constructs, personalized 3D printing and 3D cell and organ printing. The concluding chapters in the book review the applications of 3D printing in diagnostics, drug development, 3D-printed disease models and 3D printers for surgical practice. With a strong focus on the translation of 3D printing technology to a clinical setting, this book is a valuable resource for scientists and engineers working in biomaterial, biomedical, and nanotechnology based industries and academia.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive and authoritative overview of all the medical applications of 3D printing biomaterials and technologies
  • Focuses on the emerging market of 3D printed biomaterials in clinical applications
  • Reviews both commercial and under development materials, tools, their applications, and future evolution


Scientists and engineers in biomaterial, biomedical and nanotechnology based industries. Biomaterials/engineering post-grads

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to 3D printing in medicine

    • Abstract
    • 1.1 3D printing is the latest industrial revolution
    • 1.2 3D bioprinting in medicine
    • 1.3 Advantages of 3D printing for medicine
    • 1.4 Future of 3D printing in medicine
    • References

    2. 3D printing families: Laser, powder, nozzle based techniques

    • Abstract
    • 2.1 Introduction
    • 2.2 Classification of 3D printing techniques
    • 2.3 Conclusions and future trends
    • References

    3. Materials for 3D printing in medicine: Metals, polymers, ceramics, hydrogels

    • Abstract
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 Metals
    • 3.3 Bio-ceramics and bioactive glasses
    • 3.4 Polymers
    • 3.5 Hydrogels
    • 3.6 Summary and outlook
    • Acknowledgments
    • References

    4. Computational analyses and 3D printed models: A combined approach for patient-specific studies

    • Abstract
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Patient specific models: image reconstruction
    • 4.3 Patient specific models: 3D Manufacturing
    • 4.4 Computer simulations of patient specific cardiac models
    • 4.5 Patient specific models: the current regulatory perspective
    • 4.6 Future perspective of patient specific models in cardiovascular applications
    • References

    5. Patient specific in situ 3D printing

    • Abstract
    • 5.1 Patient specific 3D printing
    • 5.2 Current medical applications for 3D printing
    • 5.3 Challenges and future advances
    • 5.4 Summary
    • References

    6. 3D printed in vitro disease models

    • Abstract
    • 6.1 Introduction
    • 6.2 Recent in vitro disease models
    • 6.3 Challenges in developing in vitro disease models
    • 6.4 3D printing technologies: strategies, key attributes, and advantages
    • 6.5 Future scope
    • 6.6 Conclusion
    • Acknowledgments
    • References

    7. 3D printers for surgical practice

    • Abstract
    • 7.1 Introduction
    • 7.2 Imaging to printed model: steps involved
    • 7.3 Limitations of CT and MRI images for surgical planning
    • 7.4 3D printed models for anatomical simulation for surgeons
    • 7.5 Surgical planning of congenital anomalies
    • 7.6 3D printed models for anatomical teaching
    • 7.7 Tissue defect specific implant design
    • 7.8 3D printing for surgical templates and diagnostic tools
    • 7.9 Advantages of 3D printed models
    • 7.10 Challenges for 3D printed models
    • 7.11 Legal and ethical issues for 3D printing in surgery
    • 7.12 Conclusion
    • References

    8. 3D printed pharmaceutical products

    • Abstract
    • 8.1 Introduction
    • 8.2 Pharmaceutical inkjet printing
    • 8.3 Pharmaceutical 3D printing
    • 8.4 Summary
    • References

    9. High-resolution 3D printing for healthcare underpinned by small-scale fluidics

    • Abstract
    • 9.1 Clinical need and context
    • 9.2 High-resolution 3D printing
    • 9.3 Types of high-resolution 3D printing
    • 9.4 Fundamentals of micro/nanofluidics
    • 9.5 Printing materials
    • 9.6 Exemplar functional devices
    • 9.7 Conclusion and future directions
    • References

    10. Four dimensional printing in healthcare

    • Abstract
    • 10.1 Introduction
    • 10.2 Nature inspired stimuli responsive materials for 4D printing
    • 10.3 4D bioprinting
    • 10.4 Stimuli responsive biomaterials for 4D bioprinting in medicine
    • 10.5 Applications and examples of 4D printing in healthcare
    • 10.6 Summary and outlook
    • Acknowledgments
    • References

Product details

  • No. of pages: 234
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2017
  • Published: April 1, 2017
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081007174
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081007266

About the Editor

Deepak Kalaskar

Dr. Deepak M. Kalaskar is Lecturer and Associate Professor in Nanotechnology and Biomedical Engineering at the Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, and the Centre for Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine, University College London (UCL). He is also Deputy Director of postgraduate course in Burns, Plastic, and Reconstructive surgery at UCL. He is the Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK, and actively involved in teaching and research in the areas of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. He is part of a working group for the development of a 3D printing platform for medical devices and redistributed manufacturing using 3D printing(RDM-3DP) established by the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). He is a reviewer for several internationally reputed journals and editorial board member for several journals in the field of stem cells, 3D printing, biomaterials and nanotechnology. He has previously edited two books and contributed to several invited book chapters in the field of surgery, nanotechnology, stem cells and biomaterials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Ortho and MSK Science, Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University College London, UK

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  • Sara Thu Nov 28 2019

    Very helpful , excellent book

    Excellent book from basics to applications explained in simple language

  • Andrew h. Tue Jul 23 2019


    I enjoyed reading this book. Without knowing anything about technology, i am quite aware what 3D printing really is and how it can be used in clinical setting for various applications from drugs , devices, implants to surgical planning