Published on March 17th, 2017 | by Geetika Bhasin
OPM recieves the European Patent for 3D printing osteo and neuro implants
Some time back, Oxford Performance Material Inc. had bagged the coveted Boeing contract. This world leader in High-performance additive manufacturing (HPAM) had applied for a European patent for its bone implants. It has now received a Notice of Decision to Grant the European Patent.
The “Customized Implant for Bone Replacement,” by OPM will aid the OsteoFab implant manufacturing process. OPM will now apply this performance additive manufacturing process to 3D print customized implants for bone replacement surgeries. The patent was filed in late 2011, but became valid on December 21, 2016, and will remain in effect until August 7, 2029.
Founded back in 2000, OPM’s focus is on high-performance polymers, which have been largely applied to the industrial, aerospace, and biomedical markets.
OPM has developed the OsteoFab brand, which involves manufacturing 3D products from poly-ether-ketone-ketone (PEKK) powders via selective laser sintering (SLS). Using this process, OPM has 3D printed ortho and neuro implants which have bone-like mechanical properties, a textured surface topography, and radiolucency as some of its impressive benefits.
Severine Zygmont, President of OPM Biomedical said that this patent from the EPO will enable OPM to foray into the European market further. The validated process technology will provide 3D printing of customized implants for biomedical applications. Zygmont further said that the cost of surgical implants will also become affordable with the application of the new patented technology providing healthy competition in the medical implant market and providing an arena for further research in the field.
OPM Biomedical is the first company to receive the European Patent to produce its 3D printed implants. The company is looking forward to providing medical implants to the European market, where till date, most FDA-approved implants were made of titanium or silicone. The company now has a total of four 510(k) clearances to its name and plans to progress further in the field of additive manufacturing.