3D printing allows the fabrication of ceramic implants, making a personalized approach to patients’ treatment a reality. In this work, we have tested the applicability of the Function Representation (FRep) method for geometric simulation of implants with complex cellular microstructure. For this study, we have built several parametric 3D models of 4 mm diameter cylindrical bone implant specimens of four different types of cellular structure. The 9.5 mm long implants are designed to fill hole defects in the trabecular bone. Specimens of designed ceramic implants were fabricated at a Ceramaker 900 stereolithographic 3D printer, using a commercial 3D Mix alumina (Al2 O3) ceramic paste. Then, a single-axis compression test was performed on fabricated specimens. According to the test results, the maximum load for tested specimens constituted from 93.0 to 817.5 N, depending on the size of the unit cell and the thickness of the ribs. This demonstrates the possibility of fabricating implants for a wide range of loads, making the choice of the right structure for each patient much easier.
- 3D printing
- Aluminum oxide
- Bones implants
- Function Representation (FRep) method