Journal article

The interlace deposition method of bone equivalent material extrusion 3D printing for imaging in radiotherapy

Rance Tino, Adam Yeo, Milan Brandt, Martin Leary, Tomas Kron

MATERIALS & DESIGN | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Existing material extrusion 3D printing methods of bone-equivalent phantoms for Computed Tomography (CT) imaging in Radiotherapy is limited by the geometrical inaccuracies and the achievable density ranges. The interlace deposition method proposed in this research facilitates the production of densities within the range of polylactic-acid (PLA) and iron-reinforced PLA (Fe-PLA) taking advantage the dual-extrusion printing in an interlacing pattern with variable layer thickness to fine-tune mean Hounsfield Unit (HU) within a volume of interest. Results show an achieved HU from 63 to 4130 using clinical CT protocols; this result is consistent for all specimen orientations. The proposed method e..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing (ID:IC160100026) and the Gross Foundation. The authors would also like to acknowledge the Physical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering department at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct at RMIT for clinical CT imaging and 3D printing facilities.