3D-printed PEEK vs. PEKK for spine surgery: 5 takeaways from new study

Surface Technology

 A new International Journal of Nanomedicine paper compared 3-D-printed PEKK structures with conventional PEEK surfaces for orthopedics.

Here are five takeaways:


1. Researchers analyzed Oxford Performance Materials' 3D printed PEKK samples produced by the company's OsteoFab process.


2. The OsteoFab technology uses OXPEKK material. The combination of the PEKK polymer formulation and OsteoFab 3-D printing technology creates a rough, nanostructured surface.


3. The study revealed the 3-D-printed PEKK possesses superior antibacterial properties compared to PEEK.


4. Oxford Performance Materials reported it's the only company with FDA clearance for 3-D-printed polymeric implants.


5. The company recently entered the spine market via its partnership with RTI Surgical. RTI Surgical launched its Fortilink-C IBF System with TETRAfuse 3D Technology in November.


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