Oxford Performance Materials has created a 3D printed cranial implant to replace 75% of a man’s skull. The FDA recently approved the company to produce its ‘OsteoFab Patient Specific Cranial Device’ (OPSCD), which is made from PEKK, a high performance polymer used in biomedical implants and other demanding applications.
This cranial implant was given to an unnamed man from the U.S., who had his skull scanned to create a digital replica and then received a 3D printed replacement plate. Gizmodo reports that it has specially-designed textures and holes in the polyetherketoneketone structure to encourage the growth of cells and bone. Scott DeFelice, president and CEO of Oxford Performance Materials, said:
It is our firm belief that the combination of PEKK and Additive Manufacturing (our OsteoFab technology) is a highly transformative and disruptive technology platform that will substantially impact all sectors of the orthopedic industry. We have sought our first approval within cranial implants because the need was most compelling; however, this is just the beginning. We will now move systematically throughout the body in an effort to deliver improved outcomes at lower overall cost to the patient and healthcare provider.