Though it will likely take a few years before we’ll see 3D bioprinted organ implants being used in hospitals, 3D printed titanium orthopedic devices are already a reality. Thanks to the titanium’s excellent mechanical attributes and infection-resistant properties, it’s a perfect 3D printing material for knee and hip implants. And we could be seeing these 3D printed implants a lot more often in the near future, as a research team from Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore has just found a way to greatly improve their stress absorption levels. Their solution? To use a 3D printable titanium-tantalum alloy mixture, rather than the currently used titanium-aluminum mixture.
Keeping up with the rapid pace of change in healthcare is challenging but essential, and understanding factors like demographic shifts, technological improvements and government initiatives are critical to the success of any orthopedic practice. In […]
A federal jury ordered a local medical device manufacturer to pay at least $27 million to a former distributor for interfering with the distributor’s business. According to court documents and trial testimony, the dispute started in […]
Devicemakers have long complained that their business has been negatively affected by an excise tax placed on their devices by the Affordable Care Act. A think tank has now crunched the numbers on how the […]