JUNE 27, 2018
SHANGHAI and SAN FRANCISCO – The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, a leading institution dedicated to musculoskeletal care and research, and INTAMSYS, a leader in polyether ether ketone (PEEK) 3D printing technology and additive manufacturing, have announced a joint-research initiative to advance 3D printing applications in the field of orthopaedic surgery.
University of California, San Francisco musculoskeletal researchers, from left, Aenor Sawyer, MD, Alexis Dang, MD, and Alan Dang, MD, will lead a 3D printing collaboration with INTAMYS to develop low-cost, high-tech solutions for pre-surgical planning. (COURTESY PHOTOS)
Led by EDGE Labs, a research division within UCSF orthopaedic surgery, the team – which will develop medical applications for 3D printing — will be guided by musculoskeletal researchers Aenor Sawyer, MD, Alexis Dang, MD, and Alan Dang, MD.
“We are very pleased to work with the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to advance PEEK applications in medicine, as well as promoting health care cost savings in the field of orthopaedics,” said Charles Han, Chief Executive Officer of INTAMSYS. “Collaborating with surgeons to deliver the best possible patient outcomes is what drives our company.”
“This level of industrial grade printing has not been available at this price point,” said Alexis Dang, MD, orthopaedic surgeon. “We are interested in being able to prototype customized implants using high-temperature materials such as PEEK.”
Image of initial PEEK model of Vertebral interbody spacer.
The UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, located in San Francisco, provides quality patient care; conducts innovative clinical, basic science and translational research; and trains the next generation of global leaders in orthopaedic surgery.
In 2018, U.S. News & World Report nationally ranked the department in 15 adult specialties and nine pediatric specialties, and UCSF is currently No. 1 in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in orthopaedic surgery.
INTAMSYS (abbreviation of INTelligent Additive Manufacturing SYStems) is an industrial-grade 3D printers manufacturer and additive manufacturing solutions provider of PEEK and high-performance functional materials. The company’s state-of-the-art FUNMAT 3D printers are engineered for highly reliable and affordable 3D printing of high-performance functional materials. Headquartered in Shanghai, INTAMSYS operates a number of manufacturing and research facilities and is committed to the highest manufacturing design and quality standards. Internationally, INTAMSYS partners with industry leaders to deliver cutting-edge 3D printing solutions that are optimized for the specific needs of the industries and organizations.
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