Hi tech cranial implant developer Singular Health has opened its 25 per cent owned 3D printing facility in Melbourne with the creation of its first titanium cutting and drilling guide for a maxillofacial patient.
The guide is a software-designed 3D printed model of individual patient’s body parts providing the surgeon with an unmatched ability to determine the exact procedural requirements for the direction, placement and depth of surgical cutting.
Singular tipped $300,000 into the formation of Additive Engineering, or “AE” in March 2021 to earn its stake in the company that now boasts three metal 3D printers capable of printing bio-compatible titanium and stainless steel and two polymer 3D printers.
AE also announced a production sharing and marketing deal with leading medical technology supplier, Device Technologies, and its 1000 staff across Australasia. Device Technologies will have preferred access to the facility in Melbourne in exchange for the promotion and re-selling of AE’s services.
Singular said the shared office facilities for the AE and Device Technologies staff streamline the design and manufacture process by bringing together the shared knowledge and technical competencies of both groups under one roof for the first time.
Access to advanced manufacturing capabilities, including 3D printing, is an essential part of Singular Health’s Scan to Surgery process and is the last step prior to the surgery itself. We are very excited to see our investment come to fruition in just 11 months with the commissioning and first print now completed.
Hanly said the workflows used by Additive Engineering demonstrates the commercial and clinical viability of the patient-specific implant design and print process.
Completing its first commercial job not only brings in AE’s first revenues, the first printed patient-specific cutting and drilling guide is a major milestone giving the company the ability to vertically integrate outputs from Singular’s Scan to Surgery and virtual reality medical software to generate physical bio-models, guides, and implants.
The guide helps limit the extent of tissue detachment and provides the necessary strength for accurate bone cutting and drilling.
Essentially Singular’s software can lift a 2-dimensional CT or MRI scan and convert it into a fully interactive 3D model of a problem area such as a tumour.
From its VR platform, Singular has developed the 3Dicom surgical software and Scan to Surgery disruptive technology that it says has revolutionised the planning and execution of surgical procedures.
Earlier this week Singular and the CSIRO announced a result from the Cranial Implant Design project that evolved out of the science agency’s Kick-Start innovation program.
The organisations said they have developed and integrated an Artificial Intelligence model capable of automatically creating a cranial implant within four minutes with a 91 per cent level of accuracy, paving the way for the 3D printing of bone replacement tissue.
Singular appears well on the way to integrating its vertical supply chain that brings its medical software from binary code into a physical product via the breakthroughs in medical 3D printing.
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