There is an increasing demand for personalized solutions tailored to patient’s individual characteristics, including their anatomical features. In keeping with this trend, personalized knee systems have gained popularity lately. Designed and customized to fit individual’s natural size and shape, these implants reduce operative as well as recovery time.
However, manufactures face challenges in meeting the growing and complex requirements of personalized implants using conventional methods of manufacturing. Additive manufacturing is a great alternative to customizing knee implants and helps overcome the challenges of traditional manufacturing methods. Due to its unique characteristics, it is best suited for producing applications that demand flexibility and quick development cycles, products belonging to high-value markets, as well as complex components. It has witnessed several advancements such as improved system process control, enhanced speed, cost effectiveness, greater accuracy and reliability, along with the introduction of better materials.
This paper discusses additive manufacturing and how it can help medical device manufacturers overcome challenges posed by the standard manufacturing processes.