TOP 12 3D Printed Implants
In recent years, 3D printing has gained huge popularity in the Medical sector. This type of manufacturing gives us the opportunity to personalize objects based on the needs of the client, or in this case – the patient. 3D printing does not only allow us to control the design so that the final products is perfect for the patient but it also decreases the costs and time of production.
It is important to mention that, in traditional medicine, titan has become the most widely used material for the production of implants. The reason for this is that titan is the most compatible material with the human body. Let’s take a look at 12 cases in which 3D printing has successfully managed to replace tradition.
- The first 3D printed collarbone was made from PEEK in the Kumnin University Hospital (with the collaboration of IEMAI 3D). The patient’s body rejected all other implants previously made from metal.
- Titanium sternum bone implant was 3D printed for a man suffering from cancer in Australia.
- In China a lower jaw was 3D printed for a kid with tumor.
- In South Africa, 3D printing helped a man acquire new jacks after a car accident. The surgery was successful.
- Titanium 3D printed vertebra implant helped a main gain from India gain his mobility. He was suffering from serious ankylosing spondylitis.
- Australia 3D printed a jaw implant for a woman after a tumor removal.
- Patient with rib tumor removed and replaced 3 of his ribs with 3D printed implants.
- In Bulgaria, Ivailo Iosifov arrived in the Tokuda hospital with tonsillitis and left with the first 3D printed rib made from flexible polyamide.
- The Medicrea company, specializing in implant design, made the first FDA approved 3D printed spine implants in Lyon.
- A cranial implant was 3D printed for a girl suffering from brain tumor. The implant was 12,7 cm in size.
- During 2018 we celebrated 10 years from the first 3D printed metal hip implant. The implant has proved to be much more durable and rigid, which leads to less complications. Unlike traditionally made implants, the 3D printed ones do not have to be replaced every 10-15 years. They can last much longer!
- Guess what! A titanium part of a skull was 3D printed for a Siberian Husky! Yes, with 3D printing you can make implants even for your loved animals!