Print-Rite Opens 3D-Printing Lab Devoted to Orthopedics, 3D-Printing R&D

Medical devices 3D-printed by Print-Rite.

RTMWorld reports that Print-Rite, a China-based manufacturer of non-OEM toner and ink cartridges, and a 3D-printer manufacturer, opened a first-ever orthopedic-related 3D printing-laboratory in Zhai, China, on January 18, 2017.

The 3D lab was jointly set-up with Second People’s Hopsital of Xiangzhou District, a local hospital in Zhuhai. It’s said to be designed for organic integration of clinical applications and for reserach and development. Print-Rite says “it symbolizes a new era of orthopedics, thanks to digital technology.”

The 3D-printing technology’s life-size 3D models are said to be able to replace X-rays for fracture surgery. According to Zhong Botao, vice president of the Second People’s Hopsital of Xiangzhou District, the 3D model of a life-size body part is built based on the data obtained from three-dimensional scans of the patient before surgery. The method is said to provide doctors and patients “with detailed information and visual experience.”

“3D printing technology can also be applied to develop pre-operative surgical guide the various complex fractures, severity of joint damage, etc.,” added Zhong.

“We can produce solid objects of practically any size, shape or internal structure by using 3D printing,” said Su Jianqiang, director on the board of Print-Rite Unicorn Image Products of Zhuhai. “Thanks to this technology, patients can be now treated with ‘customized’ skeletal parts as required by their respective treatment, rather than purchasing products of fixed specifications.In other words, products required by patients in the future will be more customized for more accurate treatment.”

He added, “We will continue to explore and create a variety of 3D -printing equipment and supplies for the benefit of the medical industry, to better enable printing of customized parts needed in treating patients.”

Print-Rite currently owns 166 3D-printing patents. The company says it’s committed to the development of 3D-printing materials, and to developing 3D solutions for various industries. Print-Rite says that in the future, it’ll seek to enhance cooperation with more partners in the medical sector and become a leader for 3D medical solutions.

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