Orthopaedic Innovation Centre uses a 3D printer, also known as a Fused Deposition Modeling (or FDM) machine which looks like a large oven. It heats up and quickly cools a polycarbonate material and using precision technology creates bone-like tissues that can be used for modelling purposes or hip and knee components in the human body. On the left (large white piece) is a half pelvic model developed from a CT scan and printed in a 3D printer in their facility for the purpose of surgical planning. Hip and knee components are also shown in the photo that were made with 3D printer. The metal products were made with traditional methods of engineering. The company also has a patent for infusing antibiotics into these components before they are surgically implanted into the human body. See story Cash story. July 30, 2014 Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free PressOrder this photo
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