The emergence of additive manufacturing technologies into orthopedics has been transformative, advancing device intricacy and performance while offering patient-specific solutions. While 3D print resolution has steadily advanced during this evolution, post-processing is often a necessity to remove surface imperfections, including visible layer lines, loosely adherent residual beads, irregularities on the build surface, and other surface defects. These post-processes offer critical improvements to the aesthetic appearance and overall device functionality. This paper reviews recent post-processing developments and introduces readers to the multiple benefits of MATRIX MCD™ for additive manufacturing and related applications in orthopedics. Multiple case studies are presented to highlight comprehensive qualitative and quantitative surface evaluations.
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