Implantable PEEK polymers pioneering further progress

Apium Additive Technologies P155 3D Printer. Image from Apium Additive Technologies website: www.apiumtec.com

Results reported at the latest International PEEK Meeting reveal gathering momentum in the use of PEEK polymer in trauma implants and the future potential for the additive manufacturing.

A wave of recent research projects presented at the latest International PEEK Meeting in Washington, D.C., has highlighted the increasing adoption of PEEK implants in clinical practice as well as the material’s established position due to possible patient benefits.

Topics ranging from dental, knee, spinal and trauma implants up to advances in additive manufacturing or medical PEEK performance in general demonstrated the broad scope of current research in PEEK technology and clinical applications.

During the meeting potential of carbon fiber-reinforced PEEK (CFR-PEEK) composite plates for fracture fixation became clear and compelling, in particular for their high fatigue strength and a favourable modulus of elasticity.

3D printing specialist Apium Additive Technologies GmbH, for example, is offering a commercially available 3D printer that is capable of processing PEEK. The model P 155 uses Apium’s innovative patent-pending Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printing technology.