How 3D-printing technology is developing in 2022

Carly Behm -  

Spine and orthopedic devices made with 3D-printing technology have grown in recent months from newly launched products and patient-specific implant debuts.

Six notes on 3D-printed spine technology so far this year:

1. The first 3D-printed anterior cervical plate was cleared by the FDA and launched. The Quantum Titanium Cervical Plate includes a 3D-printed, screw-locking cover and screw holes to accommodate 30 degrees of cephalad/caudal angulation.

2. Researchers at Florida Atlantic University and the Marcus Neuroscience Institute, both based in Boca Raton, created a robotic replica of a human spine using 3D printing that enables surgeons to preview the effects of spinal implants prior to an operation.

3. Amber Implants closed a $10 million series A financing round to develop its 3D-printed vertebral fracture implant, VCFix.

4. DeGen Medical launched the first 3D-printed spinal implant made with Puri-Ti technology.

5. CoreLink's Fusation cervical anchor received FDA 510(k) clearance. The device is 3D-printed with Mimetic Metal technology, which is CoreLink's patented material.

6. Patient-specific 3D-printed implants developed at the ProMade Point of Care Center for Complex Orthopedic Solutions at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City were debuted, according to a March 8 news release. The first use of the implants in a shoulder surgery was done in January. 

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