Dental Additive ManufacturingMedical Additive ManufacturingOrthopedic Implants

Renishaw 3D printing maxillofacial implants for University Dental Hospital of Wales

UK-based metal AM company Renishaw revealed today it has been working in partnership with the University Dental Hospital of Wales (UDH) to 3D print custom maxillofacial implants and surgical guides. In the context of the hospital, Renishaw’s additive manufacturing technologies and services are helping UDH to overcome certain challenges surrounding surgical implants.

Prior to this joint project, UDH had already worked with Renishaw, using its services to produce dental products, such as cobalt chrome frameworks. More recently, however, the companies teamed up to 3D print custom medical devices to help reduce surgery times and improve patient care.

By leveraging additive manufacturing, UDH has been able to produce bespoke implants and other custom medical devices which offer a number of advantages over standard, off-the-shelf implants. For instance, while conventional implants may not be the perfect fit for a patient and might require trimming, custom printed implants are tailored to the patient in question. By removing the need to trim down an implant during surgery, the time spent on the operating table can be brought down, saving costs and lessening patient risk.

Renishaw Wales maxillofacial implant
Cranial plate (Photo: Renishaw)

“AM allows hospitals to achieve high precision when producing implants,” said Ed Littlewood, Marketing Manager of Renishaw’s Medical and Dental Products Division. “By collaborating with Renishaw, UDH can develop their maxillofacial implants further, seeing improvements with each case and helping a wider range of patients and surgeons across different departments.”

Maxillofacial implants are used to treat a range of diseases and injuries associated with the head, neck, face and jaws. In the medical industry, 3D printed maxillofacial implants have been investigated for some time and with some success. In 2017, for example, Materialise received clearance for its TRUMATCH titanium maxillofacial implants in the U.S. for orthognathic surgery and facial reconstruction.

At UDH, the maxillofacial implants are produced in close collaboration with Renishaw, as team members from the hospital are reportedly involved in every stage of the AM process.

“The staff at UDH are also benefitting from the partnership,” elaborated Roger Maggs, Senior Chief Dental Technologist and Head of Dental Technology Services at UDH. “The team are involved in every stage of the development of new technologies for medical applications, including inputting CT data and making and manipulating digital models ahead of surgery. It is admirable that our staff are at the forefront of the latest medical technology and has allowed for the evolution of some very talented technologists such as Luke Maxwell and Paul Clark who must be considered leaders in this technology.”

“Several hospitals are reaping the benefits of additive manufacturing in implant production,” Maggs added. “We have the advantage of having worked with Renishaw for three years in the dental field. This has put us ahead of the game and in a position where we can now start thinking about producing more unique designs that will benefit our surgeons.”

Renishaw works with a number of other hospitals and medical research groups across Europe to develop and accelerate the use of metal additive manufacturing for medical applications.

Tags

Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault moved from her home of Montreal, Canada to the Netherlands in 2014 to pursue a master’s degree in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. It was during her time in Amsterdam that she became acquainted with 3D printing technology and began writing for a local additive manufacturing news platform. Now based in France, Tess has over two and a half years experience writing, editing and publishing additive manufacturing content with a particular interest in women working within the industry. She is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM industry.

Related Articles

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By agreeing you accept the use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.

Privacy Settings saved!
Privacy Settings

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. Control your personal Cookie Services here.

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems.

In order to use this website we use the following technically required cookies
  • PHPSESSID
  • wordpress_test_cookie
  • wordpress_logged_in_
  • wordpress_sec

Decline all Services
Accept all Services
Close
Close

STAY AHEAD

OF THE CURVE

Join industry leaders and receive the latest insights on what really matters in AM!

This information will never be shared with 3rd parties

I’ve read and accept the privacy policy.*

WELCOME ON BOARD!