The use of Additive Manufacturing of PEEK in Osteosynthesis
PEEK offers optimum properties for osteosynthesis in many aspects. A PEEK implant is very similar to the human bone in mechanical stiffness and elasticity and can therefore follow the internal movements of the bone. Since this material is radiolucent, it is suitable for radiological diagnostics and therapeutic radiation technology. Thanks to its insulating properties, the material is also less susceptible to temperature effects.
The advantages of additive manufactured PEEK-implants
In the case of a fracture the prerequisites for rapid and stress-free regeneration is a stable and close contact of the bone fragments. If the fracture gap is larger than 0.5mm, conservative treatment is generally no option. In such a situation, osteosynthesis and implants are used to fix the bone fragments. Implants can be optimally customised to the patient’s anatomy with the aid of Material Extrusion (FFF) 3D printing technology. The dead space between bone and implant can be almost eliminated and a stable and close contact can be established. In addition to improved bone growth, operations are simplified, the risk of infection is reduced and aesthetics are guaranteed by complementary implants. Stress, cost and time savings for patient, surgeon and hospital are the results.
PEEK implants can be manufactured cost-effectively with the aid of Additive Manufacturing. This results from short lead times and extensive design freedom, which makes it possible to manufacture the implant without major material loss or previous tool making. The Apium M220-Series combines the advantages of Additive Manufacturing and the properties of the high-performance polymer PEEK. The use of this technology can save lives in time-critical surgeries.
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