In-house 3D printing: : Why, when, and how? Overview of the national French good practice guidelines for in-house 3D-printing in maxillo-facial surgery, stomatology, and oral surgery

Abstract

3D-printing is part of the daily practice of maxillo-facial surgeons, stomatologists and oral surgeons. To date, no French health center is producing in-house medical devices according to the new European standards. Based on all the evidence-based data available, a group of experts from the French Society of Stomatology, Maxillo-Facial Surgery and Oral Surgery (Société Française de Chirurgie Maxillofaciale, Stomatologie et Chirurgie Orale, SFSCMFCO), provide good practice guidelines for in-house 3D-printing in maxillo-facial surgery, stomatology, and oral surgery. Briefly, technical considerations related to printers and CAD software, which were the main challenges in the last ten years, are now nearly trivial questions. The central current issues when planning the implementation of an in-house 3D-printing platform are economic and regulatory. Successful in-house 3D platforms rely on close collaborations between health professionals and engineers, backed by regulatory and logistic specialists. Several large-scale academic projects across France will soon provide definitive answers to governance and economical questions related to the use of in-house 3D printing.

Roman Hossein Khonsari, Jeremy Adam, Mourad Benassarou, Hélios Bertin, Benjamin Billotet, Jebrane Bouaoud, Pierre Bouletreau, Rachid Garmi, Timothée Gellée, Pierre Haen, Serge Ketoff, Géraldine Lescaille, Aurélien Louvrier, Jean-Christophe Lutz, Masrour Makaremi, Romain Nicot, Nathalie Pham-Dang, Morgan Praud, Françoise Saint-Pierre, Thomas Schouman, Ludovic Sicard, François Simon, Thomas Wojcik, Christophe Meyer, In-house 3D printing: Why, when, and how? Overview of the national French good practice guidelines for in-house 3D-printing in maxillo-facial surgery, stomatology, and oral surgery, Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2021, ISSN 2468-7855, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jormas.2021.08.002.

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