Use of cone beam computed tomography, a desktop 3D printer and freeware for manufacturing craniofacial bone prostheses: a pilot study.

  • Danny Gutiérrez-López Facultad de Odontología de la Universidad Católica de Santa María, Arequipa, Perú.
  • Carlos Ortiz-Márquez. Facultad de Odontología de la Universidad Católica de Santa María, Arequipa, Perú.
  • Moraes Cicero Equipo Brasilero de Antropología y Odontología Forense, Brasil.
  • Gustavo Obando-Pereda Facultad de Odontología de la Universidad Católica de Santa María, Arequipa, Perú.


The aim of this study was to reconstruct missing bone parts using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), freeware and a desktop 3D printer. Materials and Methods: A human skull was used and osteotomies were performed in the frontal process of the zygomatic bone, zygomatic process of the temporal bone and part of the parietal bone. The 3D image was then obtained CBCT and the DICOM file was transformed into STL and exported using InVesalius software. Missing bone parts were modeled by overlapping with OrtogOnBlender software for later printing using a desktop 3D printer. Result: The obtained prostheses had very good adaptation to the missing bone parts. Conclusion: It is feasible to make bone prostheses by 3D printing using low-cost desktop printers, as well as the use of free open-source software programs through CBCT.


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How to Cite
GUTIÉRREZ-LÓPEZ, Danny et al. Use of cone beam computed tomography, a desktop 3D printer and freeware for manufacturing craniofacial bone prostheses: a pilot study.. Journal of Oral Research, [S.l.], may 2020. ISSN 0719-2479. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 01 june 2020.