3D Printing and the Manufacture of 'PoreStar€' - a novel Porous Polyethylene Implant Material

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Pictured: Paul D'Urso of Anatomics, MTPConnect Chair Sue MacLeman and MTAA CEO Ian Burgess in April 2018 at the launch of BioMedTech Horizons in Melbourne. 

In 2014, Anatomics, in conjunction with CSIRO and Australian universities, developed a breakthrough porous high-density polyethylene implant material, PoreStar. 

PoreStar's material advantages include its superior tensile and flexural strength avoiding cracks when bent, the ability to use fixation screws very close to the implant margins without material breakage, and a unique scaffold architecture that facilitates tissue ingrowth. This project aims to advance the state-of-the-art in pHDPE craniomaxillofacial (CMF) implant manufacturing, leveraging 3D printing to reduce process complexity, product turnaround time and cost of goods. Moreover, the project seeks to improve surgical practice by extending the use of temporary implants to patient-specific CMF surgeries, and develop improved software solutions for surgical planning and preoperative estimation of cosmesis, aiming to reduce complications and reoperation rates for CMF surgeries.

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