Medtronic launches 3D printing platform for titanium spinal implants: 4 insights

Written by Shayna Korol | May 02, 2018 | Print  |

Medtronic launched TiONIC Technology, a titanium 3D printed platform for spinal implants, at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting in New Orleans May 1.

Here are four things to know.

1. TiONIC Technology creates enhanced surface textures through a differentiated laser method.

2. The recently launched ARTiC-L Spinal System is the first Medtronic implant to be manufactured with the TiONIC Technology 3D printing technique.

3. The titanium implant is designed for use in transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion procedures. The ARTiC-L's 3-D printed honeycomb design acts as an osteoconductive scaffold for bony growth into the implant and it is intended to provide improved mechanical load distribution across the implant.

4. ARTiC-L only requires one instrument for implant insertion and positioning. The system is designed to facilitate sagittal alignment of the spine by providing several lordotic angles up to 20 degrees.

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