3-D Printing for Head and Face Injuries
Craniofacial trauma is among the most debilitating
forms of injury because of the important functional and aesthetic
roles of the face and skull. Blast injuries and injuries from high
velocity projectiles are difficult to repair with current methods
and there is a need for novel approaches to generate replacement
tissues such as bone, nerve, blood vessels, fat, and muscle. During Phase II of AFIRM, the WFIRM team will explore printing these complex tissue components for facial and skull reconstruction using a 3-D printer.