The Emerging Role of 3D Printing in Arthroplasty and Orthopedics

J Arthroplasty. 2018 Aug;33(8):2352-2354. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2018.02.033. Epub 2018 Feb 16.


This article reviews the emerging role of 3D printing in arthroplasty and orthopedics, a topic of growing relevancy. It discusses the evolution of the technology, the value offered by the technology, current trends and factors impacting adoption in orthopedics, and areas of current and potential future use in arthroplasty and orthopedics.

Keywords: 3D printing; additive fabrication; arthroplasty; digital manufacturing; orthopedics.

MeSH terms

  • Arthroplasty / instrumentation*
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Joint Prosthesis / trends*
  • Orthopedics / trends
  • Printing, Three-Dimensional / trends*
  • Prosthesis Design