Rosatom Plans To Print Spine Implants On 3D Printers
Scientists of the Russian nuclear industry plan to use three-dimensional printing technologies to produce so-called spinal cages-the the most popular intervertebral implants in surgery, according to materials on the procurement website of the Rosatom State Corporation.
The main advantage of spinal cages is that they can be used for the effective treatment of various spinal injuries.
Now the management company of the Rosatom scientific division, JSC "Science and innovation," has organized a competition for the development of metal complexes for implantation - spinal cages and tools for their installation, which are planned to be manufactured, including by selective laser melting based on three-dimensional printing technologies.
As part of this work, it is necessary, among other things, to prepare medical and technical requirements for spinal cages and tools for their installation, to develop technical documentation for the production of these products, to produce experimental samples of cages and tools, to develop a draft plan for the program of their clinical trials.
Additive technologies (three-dimensional printing of various objects) have several advantages. First of all, this is a complex product form that can not be achieved by mechanical processing or casting, unique combinations of materials used (for example, metal and ceramics), a significant reduction in the weight of the product, and the production time of prototypes.
3D printing technologies are one of the main non-nuclear business areas that are developing in the Russian nuclear industry. Research in the field of additive technologies, among other key areas, is included in the project of the Russian comprehensive program for nuclear science and technology until 2024.