This changes everything: a revolutionary surgery performed in March replaced 75 percent of a man’s skull with a 3D-printed implant.
Oxford Performance Materials created the implant and the Food and Drug Administration approved the implant for the operation in Februrary.
“The implant is called the OsteoFab Patient Specific Cranial Device (OPSCD) and is made from polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) thermoplastic through an additive manufacturing process,” according to Singularityhub.com.
The material remarkably resembles bones, and even acts as bones under x-rays, meaning it won’t interfere with x-ray scans as had previous implants.
The implant is created within two weeks of initial scans.
Scott DeFelice, President and CEO of Oxford Performance Materials, stated that the OsteoFab technology “is a highly transformative and disruptive technology platform that will substantially impact all sectors of the orthopedic industry.”
Oxford Performance Materials believes the company could produce between 300 and 500 implants for patients in the United States alone each month.
The company has been working on the technology since 2006, and now researches believe replacing human body parts could be just a few years away.
3D printers lower the cost of implants and can prove to be pivotal, along with stem cell technologies, in the new age of creating implants for people.