Orthopaedic Innovation Centre
In 2011, a six-year-old mixed breed dog named Oreo suffered a dislocated left hind patella. The patella was removed to relieve the pain, but he became lame after the surgery. The veterinary practitioner then consulted the Orthopaedic Innovation Centre (OIC), a research and testing facility that serves the medical device market, about the possibility of creating an artificial implant for Oreo. The OIC regularly uses 3D printing as a means of shortening the design and production cycles for its clients, as well as the creation of low volume or customized products, and saw this as an excellent solution for Oreo.
Oreo enjoying the use of his new implant.
“O FDM é uma tecnologia ideal para a fabricação de implantes, pois pode produzir peças fortes, duráveis e biocompatíveis com as propriedades físicas certas”.
Martin Petrak, Presidente do Centro de Inovação Ortopédica