For this 3D printing manufacturer, a complex implant is a piece of cake

Back in 2013, Oxford Performance Materials’ biomedical division got FDA clearance for the first 3D polymeric implant for cranial reconstruction. A year later it won clearance for its 3D printed facial device.

What makes them unique is that they are patient-specific. In fact, OPM Biomedical is the first and only company to receive FDA 510(k) clearance for 3D printed patient-specific polymeric implants and has a total of four 510 (k) clearances. In doing so, the company is merging two trends in the medtech world – the demand for patient-specific implants, especially in orthopedics and the wider use and interest in 3D printed medical devices.

In fact, the overall, global 3D printed medical devices market is projected to reach $1.88 billion by 2022 from $840 million in 2017, at a compound annual growth rate of 17.5 percent, according to a report by Research and Markets.

Since the first cranial implant clearance in 2013, OPM has shipped close to 1,500 cranial implants, said Severine Zygmont, president of OPM Biomedical in a recent interview. She noted that unlike implants made through conventional manufacturing processes, the company’s 3-D printed process can handle complex implants without adding costs.

The implants could be complex from a geometry perspective involving channels, lattice structures, and organic shapes for example, which would make them either impossible to be produced using traditional machining, molding, and casting techniques, she said.

“If even possible using such conventional processes, it would cost a fortune,” Zygmont declared adding that it may require additional assembly, welding, and post processing.

The other advantage of 3d printed implants is that large implants can be made in one piece.

By Arundhati Parmar | MedCity News

Image Credit: OPM Biomedical


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the orthopedic industry. Recognized by as one of the top medical sales influencers in the industry; he has 10 years of combined sales management experience and has held positions as a Director, General Manager and Distributor. Peter has worked for some of the top orthopedic companies in the world - Zimmer, DePuy and Stryker. He is also the founder of OrthoFeed: a popular blog that covers orthopedic news and emerging medical technologies. Peter is a three-time Hall of Fame award winner at Johnson and Johnson and has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, digital marketing and professional education. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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