Technology

A patented proprietary technology:

The Direct Laser Microfusion of ceramic powders

OsseoMatrix developed a revolutionary 3D printing process for ceramics. This proprietary technology enables the direct shaping of biological ceramics to give them new forms and functions.

This unique process enables the “fusion” of the ceramic particles that will be used to create the implant on a bed of ceramic powder, grain after grain and layer after layer. At the end of the manufacturing cycle, the implant is lying amongst the powder that was not agglomerated and that just needs to be eliminated through micro vacuuming.

Thanks to the process developed by Osseomatrix, it is now possible to manufacture extremely complex architectural elements without machining, moulding and treatment in a high-temperature oven. The technology of OsseoMatrix is the only one that enables to comply with the dimensions of the implants throughout each step of designing and manufacturing. The result is the perfect fitting of the manufactured anatomical parts.

The implants have an external architecture that is complex enough to perfectly fit the patient’s anatomy, and an internal architecture featuring a network of porous channels programmed to guide cellular growth inside the material.

Picturing the process:

Biological properties:

The calcium phosphate-based materials used in this process (like hydroxyapatite or tricalcium phosphate) are very close to the chemical composition of bone mineral. The implant is identified by the cells as a part of the bone (bioactivity) and are guided by its porosity (osteoconduction).

Physical properties:

Thanks to their outstanding physical properties, ceramics are the best implantable materials to replace missing bone parts:

  • corrosion resistance
  • compression resistance
  • thermal insulator
  • electrical insulator
  • non-magnetic (compatible with MRI technology)
  • radiolucency (enables the use of radiology through the implant)