PEEK polymers for the medical industry

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Patients are aging, staying longer active and demanding more quality of life than ever before. A wide range of medical procedures are required to address this shifting demand. High performing polymers are crucial to fulfill these needs. Ranging from sterilizable materials applied in endoscopy applications, to actual implants, or dental restorations, high performing polymers such as PEEK will play a significant role in this industry.

Bond3D adds a significant opportunity fulfilling the needs in these medical markets. For the first time a 3D printing process can deliver full functional performing materials to these applications. Designs can be integrated or feature advanced bone optimized in-grow structures for PEEK medical products.

Critical parts made from PEEK for the medical industry

These parts can change your industry

Medical | Cranial implant (CMF)

Cranial implant (CMF)

Customized cranial implants can be produced using the Bond3D technology with less waste and faster times.

  • One part production possible

  • Medical-certified material

  • Short lead time

  • Flexural modulus comparable to bone

Spinal cage

Spinal Cage

The Peek spinal cages printed bij Bond3D offer superior properties compared to the Ti competitors.

  • One part production possible

  • Medical-certified material

  • Short lead time

  • Flexural modulus

PEEK is rapidly changing the medical devices landscape

The US aerospace industry first created polyetheretherketone, or PEEK, in the late 1970s after becoming interested in its high-temperature stability and subsequent potential for high-load, high-temperature applications. PEEK-OPTIMA, a highly pure and implantable grade of PEEK, was introduced to the market by Invibio Biomaterial Solutions in the late 1990s and quickly adopted by the medical device sector. Since that time, the use of medical-grade PEEK has multiplied.

Implantable PEEK is now widely used by medical device manufacturers to increase the biocompatibility of load-bearing implants. Compared to metal implants, it makes implants much more bone-friendly and is also much more compatible with diagnostic imaging.

In the 1980s, PEEK was first used in experimental medical devices. In the 1990s, clinical research led to widespread clinical acceptance, particularly in the area of spine implants. PEEK is steadily replacing current biomaterial standards in a variety of implant applications.

Medical grade PEEK

Today’s implantable PEEK polymers come in a variety of formulations, from unfilled grades with varying molecular weight to image-contrast and carbon fiber-reinforced grades. All are produced in accordance with strict quality standards and are supported by full raw material traceability. PEEK-OPTIMA, the first implantable unfilled PEEK polymer, was developed by Invibio Biomaterial Solutions in 1999. In 2007, image-contrast grades and carbon fiber-reinforced variants of the material (which offer significantly increased strength and stiffness) were introduced.

What is medical grade peek and why is it used in healthcare?

Medical-grade PEEK is a type of polymer that is often used in medical implants and devices because of its biocompatibility and mechanical strength. PEEK stands for polyetheretherketone, and it is a type of plastic that can withstand high temperatures and has a high strength-to-weight ratio. It is commonly used in surgical instruments, spinal implants, and other medical devices.

Bond3D develops capabilities to enable medical device companies to design and print PEEK spinal cages.

Bond3D leads the advent of the fourth generation of 3D printed PEEK polymer spinal cages which combines the advantages of all previous generations.

Benefits of using medical grade peek in medical implants and devices

There are several benefits to using medical-grade PEEK in medical implants and devices. Some of these benefits include:

  • Biocompatibility: PEEK is a biocompatible material, which means that it is not toxic and does not cause adverse reactions in the body. This makes it an ideal material for use in medical implants and devices that will be in direct contact with living tissue.

  • Mechanical strength: PEEK is a very strong material, and it has a high strength-to-weight ratio. This makes it ideal for use in medical implants and devices that need to be strong and lightweight, such as spinal implants or surgical instruments.

  • High temperature resistance: PEEK can withstand high temperatures without losing its strength or structural integrity. This makes it suitable for use in medical devices that may be exposed to high temperatures during sterilization or other processes.

  • Chemical resistance: PEEK is resistant to a wide range of chemicals, including many common disinfectants and sterilization agents. This makes it a good choice for use in medical devices that may be exposed to chemicals during cleaning or sterilization.

How medical grade peek compares to other materials in the healthcare industry?

Medical-grade PEEK has several advantages over other materials commonly used in the healthcare industry.

  • PEEK parts are biocompatible and do not cause adverse reactions in the body, which makes it a good choice for use in medical implants and devices that will be in direct contact with living tissue.

  • PEEK medical parts have a high strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it ideal for use in medical implants and devices that need to be strong and lightweight.

  • PEEK can withstand high temperatures without losing its strength or structural integrity, which makes it suitable for use in medical devices that may be exposed to high temperatures during sterilization or other processes.

High Performing Polymers can be utilized in a broad range of markets

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3D printed parts certified for the medical market.

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