Metal 3D printing for medical applications: ADEISS

Metal 3D printing for medical applications: ADEISS


This Renishaw additive manufacturing system
is producing patient-specific dental and cranial-maxillofacial implants from medical grade titanium powder. This technology is revolutionising patient
care around the world. 3D metal printing is enabling clinicians to
develop new standards of patient care; creating components that were previously not possible
with traditional manufacturing techniques. For example, surgeons are now able to take
CT scan data, design patient-specific implants, print them and achieve fantastic clinical
results. So, one of the implants we offer here at ADEISS
is that for jaw reconstructive surgery. We can provide surgeons with tools and guides
to assist with the surgical procedure, as well as a custom implant that can fit the
direct anatomy of the patient’s jaw. This is a femoral stem. With AM, we are able to introduce lattice
surfaces on select regions of the stem to allow for effective osseointegration. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, AM
is allowing surgeons to create implants specifically tailored to fit their patient.. ..whether that’s repairing a jaw following
cancer treatment, or patching the hole in the skull of a dachshund. The potential that you have with 3D printing
in metal is so amazing in 2019 that you really have to stretch your imagination to think
of how you could use it in your clinical practice. So for example, one of the early projects
we worked on with Renishaw was a device we called the ‘smart hip’, which is like
a conventional hip replacement but its been modified by us, and fabricated by Renishaw
to contain electronics that can collect and transmit data, that could be used by the patient
or a doctor to assess how a component was performing. We are able to incorporate smart features,
such as electronic packages into implants because of the design freedoms that AM allows
us. Creating new medical devices, requires much
more than a single process. Our history of medical device manufacturing
means we understand the entire workflow and how this fits in to an ISO13485 quality management
system. One of the goals of the ADEISS centre from
the start was to try to harness the creative energy of our academic partners, engineers,
imaging scientists, surgeons, bring their ideas closer to a design or a patentable product
by reducing some of the barriers between the idea and a working prototype. Renishaw has built a strong knowledge partnership
with ADEISS, and we have transformed them from just a concept to a certified medical
device manufacturer. To find out more about how AM is enabling
medical innovation, see our other case studies or visit us at Renishaw.com

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