PEEK material in FDM printers has grown in popularity in the last few years due to its high-performance characteristics, like temperature stability, chemical stability and mechanical properties. Along with these benefits and that it’s more affordable than most alternative solutions it makes since that it’s popular.
The German chemical group Evonik has considered the material to be a metal substitute in components that must withstand severe environmental conditions.
This same material is being used by FossiLabs for implants to help grow bones. By printing the necessary implant with a porous structure to increase surface volume and allow for bone to grow. Peek also has a high biocompatible property that makes it the best selection for the medical industries.
Todd Reith, Founder of FossiLabs says “Using 3D printing technology makes it possible to create a porous structure that would not be possible using traditional methods. The increased surface area and the full porosity encourage new bone on-growth and in-growth of the implant, leading to greater integration strength. Add hydroxyapatite (HA) nanocoating, now you have something unmatched in the industry.”
These porous implants have been used for fingers, skull, and spacers for the Spine. It really is amazing what is possible with 3D printing and the ways that it has helped the medical field.
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