VESTAKEEP PEEK has been in use in the medical industry for more than two decades but, next to its traditional metal alternatives, PEEK is still very much regarded as a novelty.
Adding to this is the fact that the flexibility and adaptability of the material enables new applications and processes
to be developed all the time, allowing it to reach a growing number of practitioners and patients.
Working to support these innovations is specialty chemicals company Evonik.
3D Printing Medical Device with VESTAKEEP PEEK
The use of 3D printing to create medical devices, particularly patient-specific implants, is growing rapidly. Which of Evonik’s PEEK products are best suited to 3D printing and how are they being used?
3D printing is in everybody’s mind today. It is an evolving technology and, right now, it’s unclear which medical
segments and applications will become mainstream in the long term. There is a belief that everything will be possible in 3D printing one day and, at Evonik, we have multiple divisions working on different solutions.
I think that the most important thing is to really understand the opportunities and limitations of 3D printing.
Evonik has technical-grade PEEK that can be 3D printed in a selective laser sintering (SLS) process.
However, it is also true that the mechanical properties of this are vastly different to that of other PEEK processing technologies like injection molding or extrusion.
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