3D printed implants

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According to Kristof Sehmke, global communication manager at Materialise Medical, told Design News, “We used several medical tools for this procedure. The cutting guides used for this operation allowed surgeons to cut the donor and recipient bones very precisely. We also used drilling guides that allow the donor bones to be attached to the recipient’s bones more easily and with great accuracy. These cutting and drilling guides are prepared virtually based on CT scans and the surgeon’s indications, as part of the pre-surgical planning. The company  has a legacy of adhering to the highest possible safety standards and has obtained CE Marking Certification for most of its personalized orthopedic and cranio maxillofacial solutions. This includes 3D-printed anatomical models and patient-matched surgical guides and implants. Materialize was also the first company in the world to receive FDA clearance for software intended for 3D printing anatomical models for diagnostic use. This kind of certification helps raise the industry bar to ensure patient safety and transparency on personalized devices’ production.”

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