3D printers will make better implants
The Economist reports 3D printing will manufacture better joint implants, as this technique allows for complex designs with intricate internal structures to be built. A unique and porous surface is printed onto the implant, which encourages the bone to grow into the implant, securing it more firmly in place. With 3D printing, hip and knee implants can be made in a wide range of sizes, as customized shapes are generally not required. However, for reconstructive surgery in which patient-specific features are essential, tailored implants are printed. LimaCorporate, an Italian firm that sources complex, customized patient implants, is putting a 3D printing manufacturing facility at HSS.
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