August 2018 | Volume 1

Special Section: Additive Manufacturing

Experts from 4WEB Medical, K2M and LimaCorporate provide insight into design, quality and lead time.

Additive manufacturing is at an inflection point in orthopaedics. Gautam Gupta, VP of Business Development for Healthcare at 3D Systems, is helping companies bring products to market.

OMTEC 2018 attendees brought regulatory-focused additive manufacturing questions to FDA, as well as representatives from ASTM, DePuy Synthes and SME. 

XVS augmented-reality surgical navigation gives surgeons "x-ray vision" during procedures, allowing them to see and navigate inside anatomy through skin and tissue.

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The new regulation calls for greater transparency in the supply chain, with new requirements regarding technical data and unannounced audits.
P-15L graft, a substitute for autologous bone, is based on synthetic small peptide technology and was developed to spur bone growth. Cerapedics has enrolled the first of 364 patients in this Investigational Device Exemption clinical trial. 
Companies are applying new manufacturing and surface processes to PEEK to overcome some of the material's limitations. HAPPE Spine is developing a material that allows for the construction of partial or fully-porous hydroxyapatite-reinforced PEEK implants.
206 Ortho received its second patent covering a new bio-inspired composite and implants that could fix broken bones without the need for implant removal surgery. 
Losing key employees hurts. Not only is it demoralizing to you, but it can have a ripple effect. When a company loses one of its best people, others may look elsewhere for their future rather than in their current company. What does a manager do to avoid this?