Feb. 19, 2016 | By Tess
3D printed medical implants are becoming an increasingly dominant trend within the medical world, as we at 3Ders hear about successful and groundbreaking 3D printed prosthetics being implanted nearly every week. As the technology grows and innovative doctors and engineers continue to prove its efficiency within the medical field, startups have slowly been appearing to break into the market of 3D printed prosthetics. Swiss startup Mimedis, for instance, is making a name for itself by providing services to 3D print custom bone implants.
Mimedis AG, based in Basel, Switzerland, is a privately held Swiss Medical Device Company founded by a team of software experts, physicians, and mechanical engineers, including Florian Coigny, Hans-Florian Zeilhofer, Ralf Schumacher, and Erik Schkommodau.
The startup offers doctors and physicians the opportunity to have their patients’ bone implants custom made through an easy-to-use data input software. Essentially, doctors can upload their patient’s data into Mimedis’ system and receive the cost of the implant almost immediately. From there, the doctor simply has to click a button to have the data sent off to the Mimedis labs, where a 3D model of the implant is created, additively manufactured, cleaned, and tested all within days. The 3D printing itself is meant to take anywhere from 10 to 20 hours, depending on the size of the implant.
3D printed implants offer doctors and surgeons a much faster and more efficient manufacturing process than the traditional molding, which could take up to five weeks to create. Mimedis itself specializes in creating 3D printed implants for different CMF reconstructive surgeries, as well as accurate preoperative models, and cutting guides, on which doctors can develop drilling or cutting surgical steps. In addition to those services, the company is also offering collaborative, custom solutions for any other individualized surgical treatment in which their 3D printing services could help.
In October of 2015, the company reported having created 3D printed mandibular implants that were successfully implanted into a patient by surgeons at the University Hospital Basel. Since then, the company has received more orders for 3D printed implants, and they are ultimately hoping to provide their additive manufacturing services to as many doctors as possible.
As startups like Mimedis are being launched to fill hospitals 3D printing needs, it is becoming apparent that 3D printing is turning into an increasingly integrated technology in the medical field and will become an indispensable manufacturing process to ease and facilitate surgeries for both patients and doctors.
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