Individually adapted implants, which are completely integrated into the body and are replaced in the long term by their own bone substance – this idea can soon become a reality. This is made possible by a ceramic material and process combination specially developed at Fraunhofer IKTS. The patient-specific, solid outer shell of the artificial bone comes out of the 3D printer. The spongyform inner bone structure is simulated by a ceramic foam, which is proven to support cell growth and is also pressure-resistant and bioactive. Thus, the ceramic implants could be a promising solution for bone cancer patients or for maxillofacial or plastic surgery. In the next step, the researchers of the Fraunhofer IKTS will commence with specific pre-clinical tests.
Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS
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