BioArchitects uses Arcam’s Electron Beam Melting (EBM) technology to 3D print biocompatible titanium alloy implants designed for “therepair of defects in the non-loadbearing bones of the head and face,” according to the company, which operates both in the U.S. and Brazil. The implants help treat patients suffering from trauma, disease or congenital abnormalities.
The process begins with a CT scan or MRI of the affected area. The scan is then imported into a highly sophisticated computer design program which is used to create a repair template. This is used as the model from which the 3D printer produces the titanium plate. Each custom plate is permanently attached to the skull and/or face with self-tapping titanium screws.
Celia Sampol has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national medias (Agence France Presse, Liberation, Europolitics). She's the editor-in-chief of NauticExpo e-magazine and MedicalExpo e-magazine.