The innovative metal bone implants presented here are manufactured using just-in-time 3D printing and customised to fit exactly into the gap left after bone removal. They also have an optimised lattice structure that matches the mechanical properties of the bone it replaces avoiding the deteriorating of adjacent bones.
The technology relates to the design and production of patient-specific orthopaedic implants for insertion into a resected region of a bone.Algorithms determine the appropriate lattice structure for each specific implant and are captured in a bespoke software. The key features, specifications and advantages of this technology include: · Implants are customised to each patient · Implants mimic the anatomical function of the bone · offers a suitable compromise to the bone’s inherent biomechanical function · ability to enhance bone in-growth rate · use of 3D printing to quickly and · unique algorithms that optimised to loading conditions of the affected region · creating implants that are affordable and can be rapidly produced · the entire process can potentially take place within the time constraints of a single surgery
The global orthopaedicmarket includes devices for the hip, knee, spine, shoulder, elbow, foot and ankle, Craniomaxillofacial, and other extremities. The orthopaedic industry trend toward customizable medicine is supported by customer expectation of greater comfort with a wider range of motion and physician desire for an improved outcome provided by a better-fitting implant. This technology has many potential applications within and outside of medical applications. Orthopaedic Implant Market: 1. Joint reconstruction including extremity, knee and hip replacement 2. Trauma - internal and external fixation