Invibio unveils implantable PEEK filament for 3D printing

Invibio Biomaterial Solutions, a developer of PEEK biomaterial solutions and division of Victrex, has launched an implantable PEEK polymer, optimized for additive manufacturing. Named PEEK-OPTIMA AM Filament, the new material expands Invibio’s portfolio of biocompatible polymers, that are already available in powders, granules and rods for manufacturing processes such as 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™ additive-manufactured devices.

PEEK-OPTIMA™ LT1 AM filament is a 1.75mm monofilament, compatible with FDM/FFF 3D printers, ideal for 3D printed medical devices, and is available worldwide, directly from Invibio.

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 specialties 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,” says Dr John Devine, Medical Business Director at Invibio.

He continues: “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.”

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