Medical implants manufactured through additive manufacturing provide advantages before, during, and after surgery. While it is the patient who greatly benefits, from a holistic perspective, so does the whole healthcare system.
Intrinsic advantages of Additive Manufacturing for medical implants:
+ Fast production by direct build-up from a digital data model without any tooling requirements
+ Freedom of design allows for an accurately-fitting reconstruction of complex, organic structures
+ Ideal osteoconductive bone substitute in combination with process-related roughness and microstructuring
+ Optimum stability and fracture strength of the implant itself and its ingrowth ability
The use of AM for implantology has numerous beneficial effects...
In short, it's all about the potential to dramatically save costs and to offer significant benefits to all parties involved including the designers of medical products, MAHs, hospitals, health insurance providers, health workers and surgeons etc., as well as improved outcomes for patients.
From the economic as well as the medical perspective, a strong argument for the use of implants from AM is their fast, global availability, and as a result, major cost savings.
Benefits of additively manufactured implants for the public health system:
+ Significant reduction in hospital bed occupancy
+ Significant reduction in surgery time
+ Lower complication rate
+ Faster rehabilitation
+ Lower total cost of medical care
Case Study: Customized implant
The following example of an implant for cranioplasty shows the clear advantages of additive technologies for customized implants. Read more about the project in our info sheet (PDF).
Type of implant:
accurately-fitting customized implant made of titanium (EBM technology)
123 mm x 56 mm x 90 mm (x-axis / y-axis / z-axis)
within 4 days after ct scan
The requirements of all involved parties have been met to their utmost satisfaction. As an immediate consequence, this project generated additional orders at the same hospital.
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