Global engineering technologies company, Renishaw, has collaborated with University Dental Hospital of Wales (UDH), Cardiff, to help overcome some of the challenges associated with surgical implants. UDH has previously used Renishaw’s additive manufacturing (AM) services to manufacture a series of dental products, including cobalt chrome frameworks. However, the hospital has also been using AM to produce custom maxillofacial implants and surgical guides.
By using custom made devices, hospitals can reduce surgery time considerably as, unlike standard ‘off the shelf’ implants, each device is designed to fit the patient. Not only is this highly likely to improve patient experience and reduce the risks related to extended time under anaesthesia, but it can also save significant time in surgery and cost. By using AM to produce a wider range of implants, UDH is bringing these benefits to its patients and staff.
UDH is the only teaching dental hospital in Wales and provides unique and important leadership in dental research, teaching and patient care.
Renishaw is the only UK manufacturer of metal additive manufacturing machines and works with hospitals across Europe to develop innovative manufacturing that ultimately benefits surgeons and patients.