It’s exciting to see that the progress that medical 3D printing has been making in recent years, reflecting predictions made by Gartner regarding the future path of the technology. Following the FDA-approved cranio and facial implants from Oxford Performance Materials, Bio Architects has announced FDA approval of a patient-specific titanium cranial/craniofacial plate implant. While it may not be the first overall, BioArchitects is the first to receive such clearance for a titanium cranial/craniofacial plate.
The implant, to be permanently attached to the skull and/or face with self-tapping titanium screws, is meant to repair defects in non-loadbearing bones in the head and face. These injuries include bony defects from trauma, disease, and congenital issues. 3D printed with Arcam’s EBM technology, the implants are made from biocompatible titanium and feature light weight and high tensile strength. Because the implants are designed using CT and MRI scans from individual patients, they can be 3D printed specifically with the patient in mind.