Medtronic’s New 3D Printed Technique to Enhance Surface Textures for Spinal Surgery Implants
DUBLIN and NEW ORLEANS – May 1, 2018 – Medtronic plc (NYSE: MDT) today announced the launch of a titanium 3D printed platform – TiONIC(TM) Technology – that enables more complex designs and integrated surface technologies for spine surgery implants. The announcement was made during the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) annual meeting in New Orleans, La.
TiONIC Technology is a 3D printed technique that creates enhanced surface textures by utilizing a differentiated laser method. Compared with smooth materials, surface texture has been shown to increase osteoconductivity and promote bone response1,2. And unlike traditional manufacturing techniques, the 3D printing process allows for more intricate implant designs such as the honeycomb shape on Medtronic’s recently launched ARTiC-L(TM) Spinal System.
“Surface advancements, like TiONIC Technology, have emerged as a paradigm shift in interbody fusion implants,” said Dr. Colin C. Buchanan, neurosurgeon at the Colorado Brain and Spine Institute, in Aurora, Colo. “Implants utilizing newer surface technology can help stimulate a cellular response and give me greater confidence that the patient will have a successful fusion.”
Press Release by: Medtronic