LimaCorporate, Italian expert company in the field of 3D printing for orthopedics, and the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), #1 ranked hospital in the US for orthopedics, founded the first design and 3D printing facility to manufacture custom complex implants directly on the HSS campus in New York. An integral part of this “Point of Care Printing” is the EOS FORMIGA P110 Velocis industrial 3D printer. Installed at HSS in November 2020, LimaCorporate expects that surgeries with 3D printed cutting guides produced by the additive manufacturing system will begin in April 2021.
“LimaCorporate and HSS are doing pioneering work introducing this new model of collaboration that whereby an organization specializing in orthopedics is manufacturing within the hospital. We are proud that they are trusting EOS industrial 3D printing technology for such an important and innovative model,” said Laura Gilmour, Global Medical Business Development Manager at EOS.
3D printed cutting guides for personalized orthopedic care
The 3D printing process builds parts layer-by-layer by depositing material according to digital 3D design data. EOS’ powder-based technology is ideally suited for complex parts with a high degree of individualization and allows a “on-demand” production while providing highest part quality. LimaCorporate is leveraging the FORMIGA P 110 Velocis in combination with a polymer material PA 2200, which has 10 years of clinical use history.
The company installed the new EOS system at HSS in order to replicate a design and manufacturing process that was previously performed by LimaCorporate in-house. Having an industrial 3D printer on hospital campus brings technology and expertise closer to the surgeon and patient, allows for surgical cases to be done faster and with closer collaboration with the surgical team.
Luigi Ferrari, Chief Executive Officer at LimaCorporate says: “EOS technology plays a vital role supporting the collaboration between LimaCorporate and HSS to introduce a new and important innovation in the field of 3D printing for orthopedic solutions. Whereas traditionally, orthopedic components are first manufactured somewhere else and then shipped to the hospital, now additive manufacturing will be carried out directly at HSS, facilitating collaboration between different teams of experts and bringing help faster to the patient.”