3D Printing Technology Helping To Fix Canine Cruciate Ligament Problems

Rupture of the canine cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) remains the most common orthopaedic problem seen in veterinary practices around the world and can cause knee pain and lameness.

CCL surgery involves a portion of bone being removed from the tibia to allow the restructuring of the angle of the knee joint, which is subsequently held in place by an implant.

New investment from The North West Fund for Venture Capital, managed by Enterprise Ventures, will allow Fusion Implants to produce veterinary implants using the latest 3D printing techniques.

The Fusion Implants team have devised a way to manufacture high-performance veterinary implants from titanium using 3D printing, or additive manufacturing as it is also known.

Fusion Implants’ patented technology allows the mass manufacture of porous titanium material. This encourages the animal’s bone to grow into the implant, forming a natural bond and considerably improving performance.

The new device, which is the result of a collaboration between the University’s Schools of Engineering and Veterinary Science, is already being sold to veterinary practices in the North West and will be launched nationally within the coming months.

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