Startup creates 1st 3D-printed porous implants to imitate bone — 4 insights

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Startup device company FossiLabs is using a new form of 3D printing to create fully porous PEEK bone-like structures within implantable devices, Medical Plastics News reports.

What you should know:

1. The startup believes these structures are the first of their kind.

2. Older 3D-printed implants had surface porosity or windows within defined layers. FossiLabs, however, is able to 3D-print solid or defined porous structures from within the 3D space.

3. The unique implants encourage bone growth, which creates greater integration strength than preceding 3D-printed implants.

4. The startup is attempting to license the technology to medical device companies.

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