Nov 22, 2017 | By Tess

In today's 3D printing roundup you'll find news French company Medicrea Group, as well as from Materialise and Simufact Engineering, 3D4Makers and Sweden-based Perstorp, and Canadian dental company Preferred Dental Technologies.

Medicrea receives FDA clearance for 3D printed IB3D titanium interbody devices, announces new AdapTEK system

Medicrea Group, a French spinal implant developer, has received FDA clearance for its range of 3D printed IB3D titanium interbody devices. The Lyon-based company has also announced its new AdapTEK technology, which was developed to assist surgeons in the design and production of patient-specific interbody devices.

According to the company, AdapTEK enables surgeons to generate customized implants and devices, which are then additively manufactured in-house using Medicrea additive manufacturing technology.

Medicrea says its new product leverages a surgeon’s clinical insight in designing spinal implants, and gives them input as to the device’s footprint, lordotic angles, heights, lateral windows, and endplate surface structure. The latter category includes the company’s proprietary HexaLOCK pattern which promotes natural bone growth in the implant.

“Our AdapTEK™ technology draws on the Company’s core competency to develop full-service solutions for spine surgery and aligns with the cage planning function of our proprietary UNiD™ HUB surgery planning software,” commented Denys Sournac, Medicrea Group President and CEO.

He also commented on the FDA approval for the 3D printed IB3D devices, saying, “With the FDA clearance of our 3D printed Titanium interbodies, we are able to approach a large segment of the spine market, where we were not previously present, with an adaptive range of implants delivered according to the clinical preferences and practices of individual spine surgeons.”


Materialise to offer Simufact’s metal 3D printing simulation tools through Magics platform

Materialise Magics users will soon be able to benefit from Simufact’s simulation software thanks to an OEM license agreement signed between Materialise and Simufact Engineering GmbH, a company specializing in metal AM simulation processes. Through the partnership, Materialise will offer Simufact’s simulation tools as well as its additive software through its Materialise Magics platform.

Simulation software is of crucial importance within the field of 3D printing, as it can allow users to virtually test their 3D models and better anticipate any design flaws that may exist in the 3D models. This, of course, helps to deal with problems before 3D printing, reducing lost time and wasted materials for failed parts.

Still, there are only a handful of companies who are experts in simulation software for additive manufacturing, Simufact Engineering being one. By adding Simufact’s simulation tools to its platform, Materialise is providing the technology to its users for a more straightforward workflow.

Developed specifically for metal-based 3D printing technology, Simufact Additive’s tools will reportedly help Materialise Magics users to cut back on the number of prototypes manufactured, and in turn, to speed up and improve the product design process.

“Quality control is currently one of the most important challenges to meet the demanding requirements of our customers,” explained Stefaan Motte, VP of software at Materialise. “Our Inspector software already provides control during and after the build process and now Magics users will be able to predict errors before production.”


3D4Makers and Perstorp announce ‘Facilan’ range of high-performance 3D printing filaments

Dutch 3D printing company 3D4Makers and Swedish chemicals company Perstorp have announced the development of a range of high-performance 3D printing filaments. The series, called “Facilan,” is being marketed as the “world’s first soft-touch” 3D printing materials.

The Facilan filament range consists of a number of compound materials, including Facilan C8, Facilan HT, and Facilan Ortho. According to the companies, the new materials are “stronger” than ABS and easier for 3D printers to process than PLA. In terms of applications, the materials are reportedly well suited for a variety of manufacturing and medical products.

Perstorp, which is a leading company in specialty chemicals, says the new 3D printing filaments have good layer adhesion properties, as well as good warping resistance, and excellent surface quality.

The Facilan range of 3D printing filaments is being marketed towards companies who rely on 3D printing for high-throughout manufacturing or for high-quality prototype production.


Preferred Dental Technologies introduces 3D printing technology for producing dental abutments

Our last story comes out of Canada, where Winnipeg-based company Preferred Dental Technologies has announced a new advancement in dental 3D printing. In fact, the company claims it has the ability to 3D print the first ever customized solid dental abutments.

The dental manufacturing company has been testing its 3D printing technology versus traditional milling processes, and has reported more than promising results. It has reported results for 3D printed prototypes made from high precision plastics, as well as printed castable wax parts and direct to metal production.

For its prototype run, the company stated that it 3D printed twelve custom angled abutments in only 27 minutes even without filling the build space. To compare, it reportedly takes 45 minutes to one hour to produce a single custom abutment using the milling technique.

Notably, Preferred Dental was still able to use its Evolutionary Accessory Series (EAS), which “provides correction of angulation, parallelism and fixation screw loosening problems.”

Rodrigo França, D.D.S, M.Sc, Ph.D. said: "The unique features of the EAS System like control over angulation, easy screw retention and perfect parallelism make this system a game-changer for solving complex cases. The 3D printed prototypes of EAS System is an elegant and avant-garde solution to provide better care to patients."



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