Industrial 3D printing by EOS delivers tailor-made, flexible solutions for orthopedics applications, with quick and cost-effective production of high-quality patient-specific implants and disposable surgical instruments.
Acetabular cup with lattice structures for improved osseointegration produced with EOS Additive Manufacturing technology. (Source: Autodesk Within Medical)
Spinal implant encouraging bone fusion produced with EOS Additive Manufacturing technology. (Source: Autodesk Within Medical)
Bone rasp demonstrating feature replication on a complex surface produced with EOS Additive Manufacturing technology. (Source: Within)
Stereotactic STarFix Medical fixture with two targets produced with EOS Additive Manufacturing technology. (Source: FHC, Inc.)
Orthopedics companies have increasingly come to rely on EOS Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions to produce implants and disposable surgical instruments. This solves present-day challenges: even though no human body is exactly like another, implants must fit perfectly and be quickly tolerated by the body so they can bring about a long-term improvement in the patient's quality of life. Standard products are inadequate here. Instead, products must be tailor-fitted to the patient, with an added need for fast availability at a reasonable price.
Compared to conventional implant production methods, EOS AM offers multiple benefits. Based on 3D CAD data for example, patient-specific parts can be generated without using tools, using high-quality, medically compatible materials. Lattice structures can help to accelerate post-operative healing significantly. In addition, a definable degree of surface roughness helps bones and implants fuse better. Improved implant fit also makes the surgeon's job easier. EOS AM ensures that production costs remain economically viable, even for highly individualized products. Implant manufacturers are able to optimize 3D CAD data-based models quickly and benefit from maximum flexibility. The use of AM optimizes patient treatment, shortens hospital stays and minimizes unpleasant side effects.
For complicated operations, surgeons are increasingly using patient-specific disposable surgical instruments. These enable more precise implant positioning, increasing the success rate of operations for patients, surgeons and hospitals. Additive Manufacturing methods can also be used to produce such individualized instruments. The surgeon receives a high-quality, precise product that fulfils the stringent requirements for medical applications. Compared to non-disposable instruments, hospitals save sterilisation and storage costs and benefit from increased productivity. EOS systems are able to manufacture medical devices. However, EOS cannot offer any guarantee that these devices meet all requirements.