Rapid shift – 3D printing poised to turn prototyping on its head.

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Engineers and product designers have more rapid prototyping choices than an aficionado at an art fair. Stereolithography (SLA), selective laser sintering (SLS), fused deposition modeling (FDM) and direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) are but some of the available additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, which cover a range of materials from nylon, polycarbonate, PEEK (polyether ether ketone) […]

First 510(k) Clearance for Customized 3D-Printed Polymeric Cranial Implants

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Oxford Performance Materials (OPM), South Windsor, Conn., made medical history in February when they received the first Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for their polymer laser-sintered OsteoFab Patient-Specific Cranial Device (OPSCD). The customizable implant is designed to restore voids in the skull caused by trauma or disease. Manufactured in a matter of hours […]

Building Better Bones: Additive manufacturing promises to make metal implants obsolete

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Physicians have used metal to repair the human body for over a century, beginning with vanadium steel in the early 1900s. That corrosion-prone material has since been replaced by a number of high strength, low corrosion alloys – stainless steel and cobalt-chrome are favourites for orthopaedic implants, and titanium screws and bone plates are common. […]