Apium medical PEEK – Made for permanent tissue contact
Apium medical grade PEEK filament is based on VESTAKEEP® i4 G resin
supplied by speciality chemicals producer Evonik
. Specially formulated for making long term implantable devices, VESTAKEEP® i4 G exhibits high biocompatibility, biostability, and x-ray transparency making implantation and follow-up appointments easier on the patient and surgeon. The resin meets ISO 10993-1 recommendations “for permanent tissue/bone contact” and is compliant with the ASTM F2026 “Standard Specification for Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) Polymers for Surgical Implant Applications.”
Commonly used in extrusion-based applications VESTAKEEP i4 G is easy to process, a quality shared by Apium Medical PEEK 3D printing. FFF technology makes it easy to produce organic PEEK geometries and, “Due to the low thermal conductivity of PEEK,” Apium says, “the patient’s sensitivity to temperature changes will be lower.”
The medical PEEK filament and M220 Series 3D Printers were produced in response to a growing customer demand for end-use, patient-specific medical devices. According to the company, the new production technology means a reduction in lead times and the cost of implant manufacturing. By medical grade 3D printing, production can now be performed on site in hospitals rather than outsourcing to a larger manufacturer.