Three-Dimensional Printing and Its Implication on Airway Management

  • Yasser Al-HamidiEmail author
  • Abdulla Baobeid
  • Nabil A. Shallik


The advancement of rapid manufacturing technologies known as 3-D printing is transforming several medical practices and solutions. In contrast to traditional mass production technologies of manufacturing, 3-D printing prevails in terms of low-volume production cost saving, introducing flexibility and personalization. This means that the manufacturer can change the design of the produced parts at will, without the time and effort associated with tooling change in other production methods. Furthermore, 3-D printing has a better ability of producing models with complex geometries, such as the patient-specific anatomical models.

In its core, 3-D printing is an automated manufacturing technique that aims to reduce the human manual labor. Operation of 3-D printers is rarely associated with safety concerns and has a small footprint in comparison to other high-volume methods. This introduced to using 3-D printing in the medical field and improved accessibility to research and development of patient-specific solutions, especially to address solutions for rare pathologies.


Medical 3-D printing Airway printing STL files 3-D printing techniques 3-D printer types 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasser Al-Hamidi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Abdulla Baobeid
    • 1
  • Nabil A. Shallik
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Texas A and M University at QatarDohaQatar
  2. 2.Department of Anesthesiology, ICU and Perioperative MedicineHamad Medical CorporationDohaQatar
  3. 3.Department of Clinical AnesthesiologyWeill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMQ)DohaQatar
  4. 4.Department of Anesthesiology and Surgical Intensive Care, Faculty of MedicineTanta UniversityTantaEgypt

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