EOS Electro Optical Systems GmbH based in Krailling, Germany, displayed a new range of titanium based orthopaedic implants, manufactured by selective laser sintering, at this year’s American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting in San Diego (15-19 February).
As well as the implants, parts exhibited included customised surgical drill guides reflecting patient-specific geometry, bone rasp samples, and prototype stainless steel surgical tools.
Martin Bullemer, EOS Manager for medical business development, stated, “Metal and plastics laser sintering have clearly become enabling technologies for medical products.”
EOS plastic and metal laser-sintering systems allow medical designers to tailor parts specifically for doctors and patients using 3D data generated by MRI, CT, and/or CAD. Modern data preparation software in combination with laser-sintering can be used to create complex geometries, porous surfaces suitable for better osteointegration or lightweight structures to promote better patient comfort.
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