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Leading Chinese 3D printer, 3D scanner and electronic device manufacturer Shining 3D Tech. Co., Ltd, has shared that it’s partner, Mantiz, is using Shining 3D machines to produce medical implants.
Headquartered in Daegu, South Korea, Mantiz is a specialist producer of spinal implants. The PANTHER, a range of interbody fusion cages for implantation at various positions along the spine, is one of the company’s latest releases, and is manufactured using 3D printing.
Development - Titanium - Cage - Implant - EP-M250
“We have completed the development of [an] improved titanium 3D printed cage implant using [the] EP-M250 metal 3D printer,” disclosed Mantiz CTO Hongwon Yoon in a recent announcement. “The mechanical test results prove the safety and functionality of our implants.”
Active in the medical implant market since 2014, Mantiz offers a range of 6 different products, including a range of medical screws, and minimally invasive metal supports for the spine. The 3D printed PANTHER line of interbody fusion cages is the company’s most recent launch, becoming commercially available in May 2019.
Variants - PANTHER - Cage - Direction - Posterior
There are eight different variants of the PANTHER spinal cage, specific to the direction from which they are inserted. The Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) PANTHER implant, for example, is a device designed to be implanted from the back of the spine. A Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) implant, on the other hand, is implanted from the side. Each one also comes structured either with a full mesh or a graft hole in the middle, depending on the needs of the patient.
One of the benefits of 3D printed spinal cages, is that they can be produced with an internal lattice-like structure which. In studies, such structures have shown to encourage the regrowth of bone cells as the mimic the texture of cancellous tissue, found at the end of long bones. As with many 3D printed spinal cages, Mantiz’s PANTHER cages...
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