Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is the process of taking a 3D digital model and creating the object by depositing a single layer at a time.
Instead of the traditional way of milling away at a solid block of metal, additive manufacturing adds layer by layer to create the final product.
The only material used is that going into the final product. I.e. no wastages.
Additive manufacturing provides the uniqueness and customization required when dealing with the specificity of the human body. The best results in patient care in orthopedics, orthodontics (dentistry) and implantology are offered by providing the best fit, specific to the patients needs.
There is a need for individual specific, one-off components, small batch production of similar components, surgical tools and guides required for a plethora of applications, the materials for which need to follow strict quality standards. Additive Manufacturing is meeting these
exact requirements while paving the way for improved, patient specific implants.
Orthopedic applications range from cement and screws to joint replacements and Trauma Plates