Additive manufacturing allows the industry to move towards true patient-specific devices. There are successful examples of advanced cases from prosthetics to organs.
Additive benefits to the orthopedic industry
Flexibility for you to customize the implant for patient needs, desired mechanical properties, and to ease surgery.
Complexity is not an obstacle
You can add features to increase functionality and effectiveness of the implant without increasing production steps or costs.
Mechanics of the body
You can design porosity and pore size, as well as interconnectivity of trabecular structures to allow for enhanced initial fixation and bone ingrowth.
AM enables integrated trabecular structures that reduce risk of delamination and simplify the supply chain because the implant is made in one step—and one part.
Flexible and efficient production
AM is suitable for both serial production and manufacturing of mixed implant designs and sizes, without the need for change in hardware configuration. This allows for minimal waste and high productivity.
Machine solutions for the orthopedic industry
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Case study: LimaCorporate
Grappiolo, of Fondazione Livio Sciutto ONLUS in Savona, Italy, joined forces with orthopedic implant maker LimaCorporate and Arcam, a manufacturer of 3D printers that is now part of GE Additive, for what would be a landmark operation. With their help, he implanted the world’s first 3D-printed hip cup, the Delta-TT Cup. The TT stands for “Trabecular Titanium” a biomaterial “characterized by a regular, three-dimensional, hexagonal cell structure that imitates trabecular bone morphology,” according to LimaCorporate.