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Medical Case Studies

The use of additive manufacturing, also known as 3D Printing, within the medical market is developing continually.  We were the first metal AM bureau in the UK to achieve ISO 13485:2003 Medical Devices certification which enables us to work with medical customers throughout the UK and Europe.

One of the advantages of AM is that we are able to work from MRI and CT data.  Using this, we have worked with the team at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust on the production of titanium cranial implants.  The implants benefit surgeons and patients by reducing the time in theatre, making the process less traumatic for the patient and producing better aesthetic outcomes.

We work with a number of other medical companies on a wide range of projects, including theatre instruments for use in complex spinal surgery, and use medical grade titanium (Ti6-4) to make parts such as acetabular cups and hip stems.  The technology’s ability to make complex geometries is starting to be exploited and we are keen to work collaboratively within the medical field.

Plastic AM is also used by medical professionals.  We have produced facial prosthesis for patients following cancer, facial trauma or congenital abnormalities.  Using scanning on the patient removes the need for direct contact on the wounds and so has substantial benefit for the patients and produces more accurate parts.

  • Close up of 3D printed Gear Box Housing and Heat Exchanger

    R&D project gives 100% production quality assurance

    3T’s latest R&D project aims to give customers 100% production quality assurance in their metal 3D Printed parts by developing an automated non-destructive inspection process to identify any internal or external defects such as porosity, internal cracks, microstructural defects and trapped powder, along with their location …

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  • Post Operation X Ray Of Implanted Stem

    Superior fixation for implant using AM

    Having identified that inadequate primary (immediate) and secondary (long-term) fixation is a major factor in loosening, and thus failure of, orthopaedic implants, The Biomechanics Research Centre at National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) developed OsteoAnchor technology. This is an optimised surface architecture for an implant incorporating a multitude of tiny claw features which embed into the patient’s bone during implantation ...

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  • Titanium mandibular implant for QMC patient

    Titanium mandibular implant for QMC patient

    A patient at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham had significant facial asymmetry leading to functional problems and aesthetic issues. The surgical team wanted to improve both areas and looked to produce an implant (alloplastic facial implant). In the past, a number of materials and techniques have been used for such implants, however all have limitations.

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  • Innervision Technology - iPad case for medical uses

    Innervision Technology – iPad case for medical uses

    The team at Innervision Technology has been working with the NHS for a number of years on projects that involve integrating mobile technology into health care. They identified an opportunity to produce a hard wearing, rugged iPad case for use in hospitals and other medical environments.

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  • Steri-Spray - prototype appears on Dragons' Den

    Steri-Spray – prototype appears on Dragons’ Den

    Having obtained funding from BBC Two's Dragon's Den, Ian Helmore asked 3T to produce over 20 individual components that make up his SteriSpray shower system including inserts, tubes, back plates, covers, connectors and the shower rose itself. The specialist team at 3T then expertly finished and painted the parts, making them look like the final manufactured product ...

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  • Ranier Technology Ltd - titanium is ideal solution

    Ranier Technology Ltd – titanium is ideal solution

    Ranier Technology is a Cambridge based medical device development company that makes world leading spinal disc implants. The Ranier™ Distractor is the instrument used at all stages of Total Disc Replacement (TDR) procedures involving their revolutionary Cadisc™-L implant. This highly innovative instrument provides a working channel to safely and accurately implant the replacement discs, whilst also protecting and retracting the surrounding anatomy of the patient.

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  • Charnwood Dynamics - low volume, many iterations

    Charnwood Dynamics – low volume, many iterations

    Codamotion, the world leader in real-time movement analysis, wanted to manufacture ‘marker clusters’ in relatively small volumes and to have the ability to change designs quickly as new requirements dictated. The material utilised needed to be lightweight and robust as well as be able to be handled many times without deterioration of finish.

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