Ceramic 3D printing is applicable in the biomedical field due to the highly customisable production process, fast development time and material properties.
Unique Porosity Control
Additive manufacturing technology such as 3DCERAM’s ceramic 3D printer CERAMAKER makes it possible to control the location and geometry of pores of ceramic substitutes which promotes osseointegration and mechanical strength.
Compressive mechanical strength is actually 3-5 times higher than conventional porous structures. Also, the risk of post-operation inflammation caused by micro debris that breaks when handling and positioning the implant is greatly reduced.
Ceramic materials used in ceramic 3D printing, such as calcium phosphates like hydroxyapatite, are synthetic materials closest to bone. They are widely renowned in the medical field for their osteoconductive properties and minimal risk of rejection by the patient’s body. As such, bone substitutes made by the CERAMAKER are fully biocompatible.
With the customisation ability of ceramic 3D printing, surgeons are able to manufacture custom-made parts and implants for the patients. The ceramic implants are an alternative to the osseous grafts which often comes from the patient’s own body, hence avoiding addition painful procedures. Furthermore, the implants are accurate to one tenth of a millimetre and made in a short time, resulting in it being ideally suited to the morphology of the patient for a high-quality reconstruction.