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Medtronic Has Introduced New TiONIC Titanium 3D Print Spinal Implants To Enhance Surface Texture
May 02, 2018

TiONIC is a 3D printing technology that creates enhanced surface textures using a differentiated laser method.Compared with smooth surface materials, enhanced surface structures have shown increased bone conductivity and enhanced bone response.Unlike traditional manufacturing techniques, the 3D printing process allows for more complex design.

A good example of this advanced design capability is the honeycomb shape of the recently launched ARTiC-L spine system at medtronic.The ARTiC-L implant was the first implant to be developed using the new TiONIC technology.It aims to promote sagittal alignment of the spine by providing up to 20 degrees of various kyphotic angles.

ARTiC-L implants are made from titanium and are used for surgery by surgeons to perform spinal surgery (TLIF).The 3D printed honeycomb structure of the implant can act as bone growth skeleton of bone implant, and the structure can also improve the mechanical load distribution of the whole implant.


"ARTiC-L is an important component of medtronic's repeatable minimally invasive surgery solution," said doug king, senior vice President and President of medtronic spine.Our 3D printing TiONIC technology allows devices such as ARTiC-L and our future intervertebral implants to provide the traditional impossibility of surgical advantage.

Another great advantage of using this implant is a simplified workflow, since the surgeon only needs one instrument to insert and properly locate the device.Both patients and surgical professionals benefit from orthopedic technology in 3D printing.The technique USES a complex digital model and produces high-quality titanium materials directly, reducing the possible limitations of such operations.



Colorado's institute of brain and spinal nerve surgeon Colin c. Buchanan, said: "the surface improvements such as TiONIC technology, has become the intervertebral fusion implant a paradigm shift," using the new technology of implant surface can stimulate cell reaction and gives me more confidence, enables patients with bone to succeed."

Other recent orthopaedic breakthroughs including 3 d printing based on Michigan medical technology company Stryker's work, the company recently through its proprietary AMagine process obtained FDA new 3 d printing intervertebral fusion.