Connecticut based Oxford Performance Materials have created a 3D printed cranial implant. The implant has been designed to replace seventy five percent of an unnamed man’s skull in the US earlier this week. The company gained FDA approval for the ‘OsteoFab Patient Specific Cranial Device’ to be produced. It is constructed from high performance polymer, a substance that is commonly used in biomedical implants.
The patients skull was firstly scanned to create a digital replica and then received a 3D printed replacement plate. It has been specially designed to accomodate certain textures and holes in the structure to encourage the growth of cells and bones. Oxford Performance believe the same design could be used in other areas of medicine. President and CEO Scott DeFelice said of the invention:
It is our firm belief that the combination of PEKK and Additive Manufacturing (our OsteoFab technology) is a highly transformative and disruptive technology platform that will substantially impact all sectors of the orthopedic industry. We have sought our first approval within cranial implants because the need was most compelling; however, this is just the beginning. We will now move systematically throughout the body in an effort to deliver improved outcomes at lower overall cost to the patient and healthcare provider.