Jun 22, 2017 | By Benedict

A day after the summer solstice, 3D printing companies are still working from dusk ’til dawn to bring you new products and services. Today sees Additive Orthopaedics getting FDA clearance for a 3D printed bunion treatment, Under Armour releasing its 3D printed ArchiTech Futurist shoe, and more.

Additive Orthopaedics gets FDA clearance for 3D printed Bunion Correction System

Additive Orthopaedics, LLC., an orthopedic device company, yesterday announced that it received FDA 510(k) clearance for its 3D printed, minimally invasive, intramedullary Bunion Correction System, designed to address alignment and stabilization of bunions. The news marks the Company's fourth 510(k) clearance for a 3D printed device and its sixth complete product line, which includes 3D printed core products, biologics, and “customs for limb salvage and complex revision cases.”

“This new 3D printed implant allows us to have features in plates that we cannot get with standard manufacturing processes,” said Dr. Selene Parekh, Professor of Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke Orthopaedics and North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic.

“Namely, it allows an area of the plate to provide additional fixation and strength over time enabling bone to grow onto and through the plate. The hope is that a feature like this will allow for more reliable integration and alignment of bones following a bunion procedure.”

Surgeons have implanted over 400 Additive Orthopaedics devices since the company’s first full commercial product launch at the end of 2016. The 3D printed orthopedic device specialist recently closed a Series A Round of $1M.

Under Armour releases 3D printed ArchiTech Futurist shoe

A number of sneaker blogs are reporting that Under Armour’s in-demand, 3D printed ArchiTech Futurist shoe has become available at the Concepts shoe store in Cambridge, MA. While Under Armour’s online store lists the product as Sold Out, a lucky few customers may have had the chance to grab the rare sneakers at the Massachusetts location.

The ArchiTech Futurist is described by Under Armour as “a marvel of design, weaving together Under Armour’s past, present, and future of changing the way athletes dress.” It contains “fit-centric innovations,” including a 3D printed midsole whose “dynamic lattice network provides infinite cushioning and support.”

The Under Armour ArchiTech Futurist has an RRP of $300.

Concepts appears to have a particular interest in 3D printed footwear. Last year, the reputable shoe store’s New York City boutique stocked a very limited run of the New Balance MS066 3D printed sneaker.

Dr. Adrian Keppler appointed CEO and Speaker of Corporate Management at EOS

German additive manufacturing giant EOS GmbH has today appointed Dr. Adrian Keppler to the position of CEO and Speaker of Corporate Management with immediate effect. Keppler will be “responsible for implementing the EOS strategy.”

EOS says that, together with Dr. Tobias Abeln (CTO) and Eric Paffrath (CFO), Keppler will “head up the operational management” at the 3D printing company. A new member will be appointed to his previous management position as CMO, but Keppler will fulfill both duties until that moment arrives.

“Our goal is to continue building on our leading market position and make a key contribution towards digitalization in the context of Industry 4.0.,” Keppler said. “The market for additive manufacturing offers a great deal of potential for the future. We will support a continually growing number of customers from a broad range of industries and fields of application in integrating industrial 3D printing in existing manufacturing environments.”

Keppler takes over CEO duties from EOS owner Dr. Hans J. Langer, who is handing over leadership but, as Chairman of the EOS Group, will “increasingly dedicate his efforts to strategically expanding and developing the EOS Group in its entirety.”

Report says 3D printed composites market worth $111M in 2022

A market report from Stratview Research forecasts that the global 3D printed composites market will show “impressive growth” over the next five years, and will be worth $111 million in the year 2022.

The overall composites market is split between two material types: continuous fiber and discontinuous fiber. Continuous fiber is projected to remain the most preferred composite type for 3D printing during the forecast period of 2017 to 2022, though discontinuous fiber-based composites are “gaining market traction” because of their higher strength.

Carbon fiber is projected to remain the largest reinforcement type in the global 3D printed composites market during the forecast period, with the fiber type also likely to witness the highest growth during the same period.

North America is projected to remain the most dominant region in the 3D printed composites market during the forecast period, with Europe remaining in second place. Stratasys Ltd., 3D Systems Corporation, Arevo Labs, MarkForged, Inc., Cincinnati Incorporated, Graphite Additive Manufacturing Limited, EnvisionTEC, and CRP Group are highlighted as some of the industry’s major players.



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