FossiLabs, is a US-based medical additive manufacturing start-up. The firm has declared the unveiling of its FFF 3D printed bone-like scaffolding structures. This is by use of a permeable PEEK material.
According to reports, they are the first completely permeable 3D printed PEEK permeable medical implants. The bone-like formations are created to be utilized in implantable machines by the use of Fossilabs’ exclusive software and hardware.
The President and founder of FossiLabs, Todd Reith said the following: “Using 3D printing technology makes it possible to create a porous structure that would not be possible using traditional methods.”
He also said that the raised surface area, as well as the complete porosity, support new bone in-growth and on-growth of the implant. This results in integration strength. “Add hydroxyapatite (HA) nanocoating, now you have something unmatched in the industry.” He added.
FossiLabs was established in 2017 and has headquarters in West Chester, Pennsylvania. IThe startup is an R&D lab centered on the evolution of 3D printed PEEK therapeutic implant machines. PEEK is a thermoplastic polymer that provides a novel mix of high-performance attributes, with great chemical endurance and sturdiness.
In additive manufacturing, PEEK has witnessed steady applications in the medical field. They are utilized in the manufacture of passive exoskeletons, devices, and implants utilized for the hand and the skull. This is to assist expedite bone regeneration. Moreover, in August 2019, German medical additive manufacturing startup Kumovis unveiled its R1 3D printer, particularly for PEEK medical usage.
FossiLabs has created an exclusive procedure providing FFF 3D printed medical implants with permeable bone-like formations in PEEK. This is designed to profit present implantable machines where bone development may be coveted. As a result, it provides faster osseointegration.
The firm alleges that earlier, product contributions have just had surface windows or porosity in defined zones. But with its exclusive procedure, it is now possible to 3D print defined or solid permeable formations anywhere in the 3D space.
FossiLab uses its additive manufacturing technology, software, and materials. This helps it to know solid and regulated bone-like macroporosity areas within current client medical prints. It thus assists to offer regulation of solids and changeable porosity levels. The preferred bone development regions can then be set and 3D printed in PEEK. This is meant essentially for use with cages and spacers for the spine.
Since FossiLabs has now established the concept, it is now looking for medical machine firms. The firms will help license its technology and improve its current product lines.