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Invibio launches implantable PEEK filament

PEEK-OPTIMA AM filament is optimized for fused filament additive manufacturing medical devices

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Invibio Biomaterial Solutions, part of Victrex plc, a pioneer in the development of PEEK biomaterial solutions, has launched PEEK-OPTIMA AM Filament, an implantable PEEK polymer that is optimized for additive manufacturing that makes available the trusted implantable-grade PEEK-OPTIMA polymer in a form specifically developed for Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF).

Invibio launches implantable PEEK filament. PEEK-OPTIMA AM filament is optimized for fused filament additive manufacturing medical devices.The new PEEK-OPTIMA AM filament expands Invibio’s portfolio of biocompatible polymers, that are already available in forms including powders, granules, and rods for processing methods including injection moulding.

In response to the growing trend for 3D printed medical devices, the FDA has published technical guidance to medical device designers and manufacturers, and Invibio is able to support device OEMs with navigating regulatory pathways for PEEK-OPTIMA additively manufactured devices.

The additional format of PEEK-OPTIMA also enables hospital facilities to custom-make PEEK devices in-house, at the point of care, with FDM/FFF-compatible machines, which brings numerous advantages to patients and healthcare professionals, particularly in specialities such as CMF, which demand design precision and manufacture at speed.

“Invibio’s new PEEK-OPTIMA AM filament has been launched to support medical device manufacturers as they assess the FFF/FDM route of additive manufacturing to help support the next generation of devices for a variety of demanding medical applications, such as CMF devices, spinal and orthopaedic implants,” said Dr. John Devine, Medical Business Director at Invibio. “We are excited to be able to offer the industry a 3D printable form of PEEK-OPTIMA polymer – a material that has already been implanted into more than 15 million patients worldwide. As 3D printing becomes a realistic option for developing medical devices and implants for a growing number of medical device manufacturers and hospitals, the industry must now select high quality, high-performance biomaterials to enable commercialization of the next generation of medical devices.”

PEEK-OPTIMA LT1 AM filament is a 1.75mm monofilament and is compatible with high-quality FDM/FFF machines, optimized for 3D printing of medical devices, and is available worldwide, directly from Invibio.

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