Optimising the design and workflow of 3D printed orthopaedic implants

The use of 3-Dimensional (3D) printing technology has shown promise by aiding preoperative surgical planning, and facilitating patient‑specific intervention. The advantages of this technology include more accurate surgical procedures, decreased surgical times, and decresed  blood loss, thereby reducing the risk of acute complications. However, a lack of standardised frameworks available, particularly to monitor quality assurance, has been a main concern and major factor contributing to limited universal implementation of 3D printing. Consequently, there is a need to design a universal training program with standardised frameworks for future doctors to allow this technology to become incorporated into routine practice. This project aims to explore the major steps in the 3D printing workflow and the role of an educational program in relation to these. The implementation of such a program will allow future doctors to be equipped with the ability to access the benefits of 3D printing.