Maxillofacial reconstruction using custom-made artificial bones fabricated by inkjet printing technology

Hideto Saijo, Kazuyo Igawa, Yuki Kanno, Yoshiyuki Mori, Kayoko Kondo, Koutaro Shimizu, Shigeki Suzuki, Daichi Chikazu, Mitsuki Iino, Masahiro Anzai, Nobuo Sasaki, Ung Il Chung, Tsuyoshi Takato

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Ideally, artificial bones should be dimensionally compatible with deformities, and be biodegradable and osteoconductive; however, there are no artificial bones developed to date that satisfy these requirements. We fabricated novel custom-made artificial bones from α-tricalcium phosphate powder using an inkjet printer and implanted them in ten patients with maxillofacial deformities. The artificial bones had dimensional compatibility in all the patients. The operation time was reduced due to minimal need for size adjustment and fixing manipulation. The postsurgical computed tomography analysis detected partial union between the artificial bones and host bone tissues. There were no serious adverse reactions. These findings provide support for further clinical studies of the inkjet-printed custom-made artificial bones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-205
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Artificial Organs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Artificial bones
  • Custom made
  • Inkjet printing
  • Maxillofacial reconstruction
  • α-Tricalcium phosphate (TCP)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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