Considerations for sterilization and biocompatibility of 3d-printed orthopedic devices

3D printing of orthopedic devices, including implants, represents an exciting technology with clear advantages to all stakeholders for biocompatibility, customization, and cost effectiveness.

Patients, physicians, and device manufacturers alike are realizing the benefits that smaller-scale 3D printing can provide.

Alongside these benefits are special considerations and challenges regarding sterilization and biocompatibility: those related to surface texture, intricate device geometries, microvoids, sacrificial support powders, and particulates.

Manufacturers who are aware of these considerations and the potential risks they pose will be better positioned to take full advantage of 30 printing’s truly remarkable capabilities.

Source: MD+D