"The geometries developed by Spherene can impressively realize [...] added value for additively manufactured products."
While an increasing range of possibilities for 3D-printed medical implants is implied by the latest 3D design and engineering methods, they are far from unlocking the full potential offered by this new production route, failing to address main requirements on the internal structure of implants, whilst:
- maintaining structural stability
- easy access for cleaning
- maximum surface area for osseointegration
- internal coatings with slowly degrading substances
- open-porous structures allowing high fluid-flow
- fast vascularization and bone growth.
Also, the impact of suboptimal design on the additive manufacturing of titanium implants limits their competitiveness toward traditionally produced implants:
- tedious removal of support structures
- non-controllable surface texture
- residues from mechanical removal
- and shape sacrifices to avoid closed powder pockets