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    Dr. Uwe Spetzger, a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery of the Klinikum Karlsruhe in Germany says that the first time ever, a patient suffering with a degenerative cervical spine issue has received a 3D printed, “titanium fusion” implant.  

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    3D Medical Limited, who listed on the American Stock Exchange and raised $4 million in February of this year, has received an order for 25 similar implants. The implants will be created over a period spanning the next 12 months.

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    Surgeons have successfully implanted a titanium 3D-printed prosthetic jaw in a Melbourne man in an Australian-first operation.  The patient, 32-year-old psychologist Richard Stratton, was missing part of his jawbone including the left condyle, the joint to the skull.

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    Professor Wang Xiaoping from the Tang Du Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University is the first doctor to remove a patient's sternum and replace it with an “exact” replica made of 3D printed titanium.

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    Taking CT and X-ray data, Longgang Gong, the ENT specialist at Xi’an Red Cross Hospital, created a 3D printed model of the patient's disheveled mandible in order to get a more realistic view of the defects that needed correcting.

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    In a first for the country, surgeons in Brazil have announced that they have successfully implanted 3D-printed titanium plates into the skull of a 23-year-old woman who had fractured the bones across the right side of her head. 

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    Dr. Vives, Head of the Maxillofacial Surgery Department at the University Hospital of La Réunion, used a patient-specific mini-plate system from OBL, a Materialise company, to return Maxime’s eye to a physically and aesthetically comfortable position.

  • Powder-based 3D printing of titanium often leads to increased porosity of final products and therefore, increased risk of breakage. To investigate this problem, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the Argonne National Laboratory inspected Ti-6Al-4V titanium and learned that as the titanium powder heats, gases trapped in the material can create pores. This issue has been established and yet to be fixed.

  • Titanium Tantalum Alloy

    Titanium-Aluminum mixture has been used for 3D Printed Implants already, and have been effective so far. However, researchers from Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore (A*STAR) have developed Titanium-Tantalum mixture that is more potent that traditional Titanium-Aluminum mixture.

  •  3D Printed Skull South Korea

    After arriving at ER of Chung-Ang University Hospital, South Korean Woman was diagnosed with Subarachnoid Brain Hemorrhage following CT scans confirmation. As the brain collapsed, patient needed skull transplant for which the neurosurgeons approached to 3D Printed Skull using pure titanium.

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    Italy’s National Institute of Rome Tumori Regina Elena, Cancer surgical center, became the first hospital in the nation to use customized titanium implants to repair bones damaged by bone cancer (Osteosarcoma). The prosthetic implants were 3D printed in titanium using an Arcam electron beam melting (EBM) process with Sicily-based 3D printing services provider Mt. Ortho.

  •  Australia Cancer Vertebra 3D Print

    Drage Josevski was diagnosed with Chordoma, a rare type of bone cancer, which grew in his spine. Dr. Ralph Mobbs of the Sydney Spine Clinic turned to medical device company Anatomics seeking help with this case, which finally produced 3D printed titanium implant that would replace the cancerous vertebrae. The operation took 15 hours and was successful one.

  •  3D Print Spinal Implant China

    First 3D Printed Titanium Spinal Implant was successfully used in patient surnamed Yuan diagnosed with malignant tumor on his back. Performed at Beijing University Third Hospital, Dr. Liu Zhongjun explained how 3D Printing was the best option to be used for 19 cm replacement of backbone.

  •  BioArchitects 3D printed titanium cranial plate grabs FDA approval

    BioArchitects announced today the 510(k) clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – FDA, for the company’s 3D printed patient specific titanium cranial/craniofacial plate implant. Starting from CT scan or MRI of the affected area, the image is then imported into a highly sophisticated computer design program, which is used to create a template of the repair that becomes the model from which the 3D printer produces the titanium plate which is the exact fit for the defect.

  • Researchers study Titanium Powder to enhance its Medical Use in 3D Printing

    Researchers from the University of Waterloo in Ontario performed a study regarding 3D printing processes with metal and layer thicknesses in material and used Titanium Powder with particle size range of 38–45 μm which was 3D printed on the ZPrinter 310 Plus by 3D Systems . Several different studies considered Particle size, Sintering temperature and Powder compaction level from which they found how layer thickness affects powder compaction during 3D printing, as well as how temperature variations affect bonding and they can now aim to help close any gaps that might occur as implants loosen and cause inflammation and other issues for patients.

  •  First 3D Printed Shoulder Implant Surgery Successful in Croatia

    A 60-year-old man in Croatia had been suffering from an infection in his shoulder, resulting in him losing bone mass and mobility of his shoulder joint. A team of surgeons led by Nikola Matejčić, MD at the Clinic for Orthopaedics in Lovran, implanted a 3D Printed Shoulder which was created using a technology of additive manufacturing, namely the Trabecular Titanium 3D printing technology.

  •  CADskills Titanium 3D Printed Implants is the solution to Bone Atrophy

    CADskills, a medical device startup from Belgium uses 3D Printing Technology to produce patient-specific implants for craniomaxillofacial (CMF) and neurosurgery patients, including its innovative AMSJI, a new generation of subperiosteal implant for extreme maxillary atrophy. To counter bone atrophy, AMSJI eliminates the bone grafting process and its months of recovery time and the surgery takes around 1 hour. These Titanium implants are 3D Printed using Mimics Innovation Suite (MIS) from Materialise.

  •  FDA Clears 3D Printed Implants From Emerging Implant Tech

    Emerging Implant Technologies (EIT), a German company, famous for its Cellular Titanium technology, has received FDA clearance again, to expand their EIT Cellular Titanium Cervical Cage to be used in multiple contiguous cervical levels (C2 to T1) and this is the first multi-level 3D printed cervical cage to enter the US market. It is designed to be used with autogenous and/or allogenic bone grafts to facilitate fusion, and should be used with supplemental fixation.

  • Man Gets Wolverine Like 3D Printed Titanium Metacarpal Implant

    Paul D’Urso, MD, a neurosurgeon at Epworth Healthcare and the Executive Chairman of Australian medical device company Anatomics, together with Dr. Dan Rowe, engineers from the medical device company designed a 3D printed, patient-specific metacarpal implant to replace a patient’s two missing metacarpals and missing capitate that had resulted from his injury.  The implant was designed with titanium mesh and patient’s hand reconstruction surgery took place at Greenslopes Private Hospital in Queensland.

  • India Achieves First Patient Specific Trauma Total Talus Replacement Through 3D Printing

    Dr. Rajiv Shah, an Orthopedic Surgeon at Global Hospital along with 3D Printing Startup 3D Post in Vadodara, India, has successfully implanted a 3D printed implant in a trauma patient which was first of its kind since it was the first patient-specific 3D printed trauma implant through a total talus replacement. The implant was 3D Printed using EOS M 280 3D Printer using titanium as the implant material for a 32-year old man from Guajarat, India who suffered an accident that resulted in the loss of his talus bone.

  • Laser Peening Effect On 3D Printed Medical Ti6Al4V Implants Shows Better Wear Resistance

    Ti6Al4V, a biomedical implant, is a titanium alloy with biocompatibility, mechanical properties, and excellent corrosion resistance but poor wear resistance, corrosion and stability. The researchers from Jiangsu University used Laser Peening (LP), a laser surface modification technology, to modify Ti6Al4V and the results concluded that the surface micro-hardness value of the LP-treated Ti6Al4V sample increased by 25.7%, showing that LP was able to strengthen its surface. Additionally, the results of the experiment showed that after being treated with LP, the specimen did have better wear resistance than the untreated one; laser energy and impact time also helped improve the wear resistance of the LP specimen.

  • 3D Printed Anatomical Models Closer To Human Cadavers Says Research

    A group of researchers from the Netherlands finished a validation study to test the accuracy of 3D printed anatomical models for surgical planning purposes which included dissecting nine human cadavers to acquire three specimens each of a pelvis, hand, and foot, and inserting Titanium Kirschner (K-) wires in them to mark important anatomical landmarks. Using a Siemens Somatom Definition AS 64-slice CT to scan the specimens, and then using Phillips Intellispace Portal software for 3D reconstructions, the models were 3D Printed using an Ultimaker 3 and a Makerbot Replicator Z18 using PLA material.

  • BioArchitect Continues To Harvest 3D Printing Technology

    Local company BioArchitects was founded by young entrepreneur, Felipe Marques four years ago with investment in medical 3D Printing to harvest the technology. The company now uses metal 3D printing technology to create patient-specific, biocompatible implants that replace hard tissue and allows doctors to actually be able to see and manipulate a replica of what they will find when they operate. The BioArchitects also performs in field of medical training, simulated operations and prosthetics, with their titanium plate being first of its kind to be approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  • Laser Peening A Viable Way To Make 3D Printed Ti6Al4V Implants Make Wear Resistant

    A group of researchers from Jiangsu University tested Laser Peening (LP), a laser surface modification technology, to increase the wear resistance of most common titanium alloy for implants, the Ti6Al4V alloy. Cut samples of alloy of 40 x 20 x 4 mm rectangular shapes, with 4 mm thickness were treated with Laser Peening and then tested for surface roughness and micro-hardness at Nanjing University of Aerospace and Astronautics in China. The promising results concluded 25.7% increased wear resistance in LP-Treated Ti6Al4V samples compared too untreated ones.

    Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0030399217319230

  • Dental Implants Better With 3D Printing Than Conventional Methods

    Dr. Les Kalman at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry has developed a dental implant abutment system called the Tempcap in collaboration with ADEISS, a 3D Printing Company dedicated to medical and dental 3D printing solutions. Using Renishaw 3D printers,  ADEISS worked on designing and 3D printing a version of the dental device in dental-grade titanium for testing, which was proved to increase the provisional crown quality and reduce the time required to fabricate the provisional crown for mandibular implant sites.

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