3D metal printing improves craniomaxillofacial surgery

Craniomaxillofacial surgery is a procedure for correcting such injuries and deformities through distraction and osteosynthesis.

Karl Leibinger Medizintechnik is a company that belongs to the KLS Martin Group. The most recent development is patient-specific individual implants for correction through distraction and osteosynthesis in the event of traumas or deformities.

There are three types of craniomaxillofacial implants: plastic implants, for example made of polyether ether ketone (PEEK), deep-drawn metal sheets, titanium mesh, titanium solid and now, additively manufactured titanium implants.

After using 3D metal printing, it very quickly became apparent that laser melting was the method of choice for titanium osteosynthesis. Now it is even possible to produce large-scale reconstructions with complex geometries. In addition, the geometric freedom can also cater for specific aesthetic requirements. For the surgeon, it is not just about restoring functionality, but also always about the aesthetic look. The parts have high strength, and the material is bio-compatible. Even those with allergies can receive titanium extremely well.