FDM Implant Puts the Spring Back in Oreo's Step

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.

Oreo enjoying the use of his new implant.

“FDM is an ideal technology for implant manufacturing because it can produce strong, durable, biocompatible parts with the right physical properties.”

Martin Petrak, President, Orthopaedic Innovation Centre