CytexOrtho shares the ‘secret sauce’ for its absorbable hip implants

CytexOrtho uses a three-dimensional weaving process to make its ReNew Hip implants. Shown here is a close-up of the woven textiles. [Image courtesy of CytexOrtho]

CytexOrtho is developing absorbable orthopedic implants with a unique manufacturing method to help a rapidly growing patient population.

The ReNew Hip implant developer won the inaugural OrthoPitch tech innovation competition at AAOS 2024, beating out more than 40 other nominees.

CytexOrtho co-founder and CEO Brad Estes said the startup has filed its FDA investigational device exemption (IDE) for a phase one clinical trial in the U.S., he told Medical Design & Outsourcing after his recent DeviceTalks Weekly interview. The company plans to seek FDA premarket approval (PMA) after a larger phase two pivotal trial.

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3 inevitable innovations in materials for 3D printing orthopedics

Restor3d uses metal and polymer 3D printing for orthopedic implants, anatomical models and surgical tools and guides. [Photo courtesy of Formlabs]

3D printing for orthopedics is one of the most promising applications of additive manufacturing for medical devices.

3D printing is already used to manufacture orthopedic implants and tools by device developers as large as Stryker — the world’s biggest orthopedics manufacturer — and startups like Restor3d.

A few key innovations in 3D printing materials will enable even better orthopedic devices in the future.

And it’s not a matter of if, but when, said Restor3d SVP of Product Development Nathan Evans, who identified three next-generation materials advances he’s looking forward to for 3D printing orthopedics.

“I think they’re all going to happen,” he said in an interview with Medical Design & Outsourcing. &#…

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MIT researchers use 3D printing to produce self-heating microfluidic devices

MIT researchers developed a fabrication process to produce self-heating microfluidic devices in one step using a multi-material 3D printer. Pictured is an example of one of the devices. [Image courtesy of the researchers]

Researchers at MIT used 3D printing to create self-heating microfluidic devices, highlighting the potential for this technique in future applications.

Microfluidics have uses in detecting diseases within tiny samples of blood or fluids, like in COVID-19 test kits. The team at MIT believes the technique could someday help rapidly create cheap but accurate disease detection tools.

According to MIT, many microfluidic applications require chemical reactions performed at specific temperatures. More complex devices of this nature have heating elements created in a difficult-to-scale fabrication process. To address this, the MIT team used multilateral 3D printing to create self-heating microfl…

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Advances in resin 3D printing you should put to work today

If you’ve looked at resin 3D printing in the past and aren’t currently taking advantage, it’s worth another look.

By Chris Danek, Bessel and Trion Concepts

3D printing has long been a staple for rapid prototyping of medical devices. Recent advances in additive manufacturing with resin cure systems have greatly expanded the capabilities available — in many cases, right on the R&D engineer’s desktop.

We now have resins that behave similarly to engineering thermoplastics like ABS, polycarbonate and even elastomeric materials. And print speeds and resolutions have increased dramatically.

Together, these advanced materials and improved printing mean resin printers can produce highly functional parts and high-fidelity prototypes to iterate designs for short-run production and as a bridge to injection-molded tools. Let’s explore how medical device manufacturers are using these advancements to innovate the traditional design and production process.

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HP names Dinsmore as an HP Digital Manufacturing Partner

NEWS RELEASE: Dinsmore Earns Distinction as HP Digital Manufacturing Partner

Dinsmore EVP Jay Dinsmore (left) and Greg Elfering, Head of Americas Go-to-Market for HP’s Personalization and 3D Printing business

Irvine, CA — 28th November 2023 — Dinsmore, an ADDMAN Group company, has been promoted to be a HP Digital Manufacturing Partner, cementing its commitment to innovation in 3D printing. This distinction highlights Dinsmore’s dedication to providing state-of-the-art solutions, with a focus on growth in the medical sector. In this endeavor, the company is set to leverage its new HP Jet Fusion 5420W solution, equipped with medical-grade nylon 12, to further expand its presence in this segment.

The catalyst for this collaboration was Dinsmore’s early adoption and participation in HP’s 18-month beta program for the HP Jet Fusion 5420W solution. Jay Dinsmore, Executive V…

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3D-printed orthopedic implant benefits also present challenges

Restor3d uses metal and polymer 3D printing for orthopedic implants, anatomical models and surgical tools and guides. [Photo courtesy of Formlabs]

3D-printed orthopedic implant personalization and manufacturing abilities introduce new considerations for device developers.

3D-printed orthopedic implants are increasingly being used for patient personalization and features that improve osseointegration.

Faster, better and more affordable additive manufacturing technology is driving that adoption for ortho implant developers and manufacturers like Restor3d.

“The thing I’m most excited about is doubling down on this thesis that people deserve personalized implants — and that it’s actually possible now,” said Nathan Evans, SVP of product development at Restor3d. “Twenty years ago, it wasn’t possible. Ten years ago, people started doing it, but it wasn’t cost-effect…

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3D printing could enable a new cancer treatment

Imcomet’s M-Duo device next to M&M candy for scale [Photo courtesy of Imcomet]

A medtech startup trying to treat skin cancer in a new way used 3D printing to solve a big problem with their tiny device.

Rotterdam-based Imcomet’s experimental M-Duo technology uses miniature needles to continuously flush fluid through skin cancer tumors: one needle injects the carrier fluid and the other aspirates it, collecting carried fluid plus interstitial fluid and any soluble biomarker molecules that get mixed in.

“The needles stop in the dermis,” Imcomet Chief Technical Officer Alex Motta said in an interview with Medical Design & Outsourcing. “They don’t touch any nerves, they don’t go where there is any blood circulation. You just extract the fluid that is in there and you can get the same as what you have in plastma,”

Worn as a skin patch, this noninva…

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EOS, Tecomet, OIC and Precision ADM ink additive manufacturing collaboration

EOS, Tecomet, Orthopaedic Innovation Centre (OIC) and Precision ADM announced a new additive manufacturing partnership.

The partnership aims to offer an end-to-end solution for medical device additive manufacturing. It includes a full range of services, such as front-end engineering and design services and FDA 510(k) approval pathways. The companies also plan to offer device and machine validation, pre-clinical testing and commercialization services.

According to the companies, the complete solution the partnership allows for a significant reduction in product development lead time for medical OEMs. It could also reduce time to market and overall risk while leveraging the innovations of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing.

Each company in the partnership offers strengths and industry knowledge to deliver a seamless, turnkey solution for medical device 3D printing. EOS offers both metal and polymer additive manufacturing while Tecomet specializes in ma…

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Formlabs launches new 3D printing resins for medical and dental

NEWS RELEASE: Formlabs Introduces Two New Materials for Dental and Medical Applications

Dental LT Comfort Resin is a flexible, durable material for comfortable long-term occlusal splints,  nightguards, and bleaching trays.

Approved for human contact, BioMed Durable Resin allows for durable biocompatible and impact-resistant medical devices and instruments.

[Photo courtesy of Formlabs]

Somerville, MA – June 13, 2023 – Formlabs, the leading 3D printing company, today announced two new materials for dental and medical applications available for the Form 3B, Form 3B+, and Form 3BL printers: Dental LT Comfort Resin and Biomed Durable Resin. The company expands its library of over 40 3D printing materials to spark innovation and advance personalized patient care for point-of-care facilities, medical device makers, and dental and orthodontic practices and labs.

“At Formlabs, we are continuou…

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Spine device developer taps 3D printers for guides and bone models

NEWS RELEASE: Mighty Oak Medical Revolutionizes Spinal Surgery Outcomes with 3D Printing

Mighty Oak Medical uses HP 3D printers to make patient-specific surgical guides and bone models. [Photo courtesy of Mighty Oak Medical]

HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology Enables Personalized 3D Printed Models and Tools to Improve Pedicle Screw Placement and Spinal Fusion Procedures

Mighty Oak Medical and HP collaborating on patient-specific 3D printed models and guides manufactured using HPs Jet Fusion printers. Mighty Oak Medical provides surgeons with enabling technologies that improve operating room efficiency and make spine surgery safer. New efficiencies in turnaround times for 3D printing achieved by bringing manufacturing in house.

ENGLEWOOD, CO. – Mighty Oak Medical, a medical device development company that specializes in creating and commercializing spinal technologies, announced a technical partnership with HP f…

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What’s new in 3D printing: medical devices, research, innovation, automation and partnerships

This 3D-printed robotic heart can simulate how a specific cardiac patient will benefit from different valve implants.[Image courtesy of Melanie Gonick/MIT]

3D printing is helping more patients than ever before through personalized medical devices, faster and cheaper prototyping and more affordable manufacturing.

Recent developments include research into tissue and organ regeneration, lightning-fast responses to supply chain shortages, wearables that improve patient treatment, and major investments by device manufacturers.

Here are some of the 3D printing advances that show what the future may hold.


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Formlabs launches new skin-safe 3D printing material for healthcare

Formlabs’ TPU 90A Powder is a new skin-safe 3D printing material. [Image courtesy of Formlabs]

NEWS RELEASE: Formlabs Introduces TPU 90A Powder, The First Elastomer Material for Fuse Series 3D Printers

Formlabs, the leading 3D printing company, is excited to announce its newest material for Fuse Series printers: TPU 90A Powder, a tough elastomer powder. This new material enables strong, functional, skin-safe parts with high tear strength and elongation.

The strength and flexibility of TPU 90A powder allows for the production of fully functional parts in-house, providing complete design freedom and a seamless workflow on the Fuse Series SLS 3D printing ecosystem. By leveraging this material, engineers and manufacturers can bridge the gap between manufacturing stages, produce fully functional prototypes, manufacturing aids and end-use parts, and take full control of their supply chain. Additionally, TP…

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