Transactions on Additive Manufacturing Meets Medicine
Vol 1 No 1 (2019): Trans. AMMM
https://doi.org/10.18416/AMMM.2019.1909S10T05

Material Properties, Structural Designs, and Printing Technologies

3D printing of PEEK-based medical devices

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Mojtaba Tafaoli-Masoule (Mechanical Engineering Department, Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Babol, Iran), Mohsen Shakeri (Mechanical Engineering Department, Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Babol, Iran), S. Abolfazl Zahedi (School of Engineering and Sustainable Development, De Montfort University, UK), Hermann Seitz (Department of Mechanical Engineering and Marine Technology, Chair of Microfluidics, University of Rostock, Germany and Department Life, Light & Matter, University of Rostock, Germany), Mohammad Vaezi (Mechanical Engineering Department, Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Babol, Iran and BIEGLO, Hamburg, Germany)

Abstract

A potential clinical concern about polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is that it is not bioactive enough, and thus has limited fixation to bone. To overcome this problem, bioactive materials and/or porosity are incorporated into PEEK medical devices. The latest developments in these two strategies are presented in this paper. Bioactive PEEK/HA prepared by integration of 3D printing and compression molding is presented in this paper. In addition, nozzle and build plate temperatures for 3D printing of porous PEEK were optimized using genetic algorithm to achieve the highest mechanical strength for load bearing applications such as spinal fusion cages

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