Using the CT scan data of the patient’s defective mandible, the geometry for the required bone fixation plates is designed and the stiffness of the surrounding regions is measured. By introducing specific level and type of porosity to the bone fixation plate, its stiffness can be tuned. Finite Element simulations has verified the reduced level of stress shielding on the reconstructed mandible, in case of using the proposed bone fixation plates.
Selective Lase Sintering has been used for fabrication of the porous NiTi bone fixation plates with six different levels of stiffness. Finite element simulations, and mechanical tests have been done to verify the performance of the fabricated parts resulting from our design and fabrication method.