FossiLabs, a startup from Pennsylvania (USA), has presented completely porous implants that can be made with a 3D printer from PEEK material. These are intended to help new bone material integrate better and faster into the existing structure.
The enterprise FossiLabs has in one press release the first fully porous 3D printed medical PEEK-Implants announced. The startup from the United States said that it was an FFF 3D printer, bone-like framework structures made of porous material. The structure can support devices already implanted with the company’s hardware and software.
Details about the implants
The 3D-printed medical implants are created using a process developed by FossiLabs with porous bone-like structures from the PEEK material, This can support implantable devices that require bone growth and a faster connection between the implant and living bone. According to the company, there have so far only been solutions with surface porosity or windows in defined layers. The proprietary process enables fixed or defined porous structures “anywhere in 3D space”.
With materials, software and 3D printing, FossiLabs can identify fixed and controlled bone-like macroporosity areas in the customer’s existing medical models. This allows solids and variable levels of porosity to be controlled. Where bone growth is desired, implants can be produced with 3D printing and PEEK. This is particularly suitable for spacers and cages for the spine.
With conventional methods “not possible”
Todd Reith, founder and president of FossiLabs, is grateful for the growing opportunities with the 3D printing technology, He explains in the press release that this porous structure would not have been achievable using conventional methods. The enlarged surface and the full porosity help that new bone material grows around the existing implant and integrates. If you add hydroxyapatite (HA) as a nano-coating, you get a result that has never existed before.
FossiLabs is a Pennsylvania-based company founded in 2017. The research and development laboratory focuses on the development of 3D printed medical PEEK implants. PEEK is a thermoplastic polymer that uniquely combines high-performance properties with high chemical resistance and durability. PEEK is often used in medicine for passive exoskeletons or implants to accelerate bone regeneration. With the T850P, Tractus 3D had one a year ago new PEEK 3D printer presented. Our topic page offers further innovations on the topic “Implants from the 3D printer“And our free 3D printing newsletter (subscribe here).