Orthopaedic Design and Manufacturing

  • Medtech Breakthroughs of 2013: Bone Cells
    Researchers at the University of Southampton, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, have developed a new method for generating bone cells. They cultured human embryonic stem cells on the surface of plastic materials, which is much cheaper and easier than conventional culturing technique...
    (July, 2013)
  • Orthopaedics: No Slowdown in Europe’s Small Bone and Joint Sector
    The orthopaedics shoulder reconstruction sector spearheads growth of the European small bone and joint market, followed by ankle, wrist and elbow repair devices.
    (July, 2013)
  • Nano Ceramic Powder Improves Performance, Longevity of Orthopaedic Implants
    As patients get hip and knee implants at an increasingly younger age and life expectancy swells, it's important that orthopaedic products go the distance. A high-purity nanostructured ceramic powder developed by Innovnano (Porto Salvo, Portugal) is designed to help makers of orthopaedic implants mee...
    (May, 2013)
  • 3-D Printer Redefines Reconstructive Surgery
    Orthopaedic surgeon Justin Cobb is applying 3-D printing technology to a surgical procedure that could revolutionise orthopaedic adult reconstructive knee operations. Cobb holds the Chair in orthopaedic surgery in the Surgery and Cancer department at the world-renowned Imperial College Healthcar...
    (January, 2013)
  • Soft Power: How Biomedical Textiles Are Driving Innovation in Orthopaedics
    New biomedical materials are expanding orthopaedic design options. PEEK textiles, for example, which already are used in other therapeutic areas, now are proving their potential in the orthopaedic field. 
    (September, 2012)
  • Developing Biomaterials for Sports-Related Bone Injuries
    It’s different for athletes: biomaterials for sports-related orthopaedic applications should have a composition similar to the bone’s constituent materials. Ideally, they should stimulate and facilitate regeneration of new bone and gradually dissolve in the body.
    (July, 2012)
  • Additive Manufacturing Enables Total Mandible Replacement
    Because the custom-designed implant did not require readjustments during the procedure, surgery and patient recovery times were slashed. By Camilla Andersson
    (May, 2012)
  • Company Specialises in Rotary Instruments for Orthopaedic Applications
    A company specialises in rotary instruments for the cutting and shaping of bone in orthopaedic, spinal and traumatology applications. The company manufactures drills, burs, cannulated drills, reamers, craniotomes and high-speed instruments. The company also develops and produces its own manufacturin...
    (September, 2011)
  • Macrostructured Acetabular Cups Provide Stability
    Macrostructured acetabular cups are manufactured with a coarse-blasted, structured shell that provides stability but costs less than porous coatings. The formed and machined structures can be combined with standard cups and thin-walled shells for metal backs in large-diameter ceramic cups. The compa...
    (September, 2011)
  • OrthoTec Europe Previews the Future of Orthopaedics
    After a successful launch last year, OrthoTec Europe will return to Zürich, Switzerland, on 28 and 29 September 2011. The event will be held at the Mövenpick Hotel Zürich-Regensdorf.
    (September, 2011)
  • Prosthetic Radial Head Fastener Designed to Last a Lifetime
    To handle active baby boomers and rising longevity, Skeletal Dynamics selected a self-locking fastener from Spiralock that withstands up to 1 million loading cycles for its new elbow replacement implant.
    (May, 2011)
  • Addressing the Challenges of Working with Nitinol
    A manufacturer has developed a procedure to broaden the scope of nitinol applications in areas such as orthopaedics, ophthalmic procedures and minimally invasive surgery.
    (June, 2010)
  • Building Better Surfaces
    Developments in electrospinning are set to provide novel nanofibre-based structures including intelligent coatings that promote the growth of bone tissue into an implant.
    (October, 2009)
  • PEEK Polymer Expands Orthopaedic Material Options
    Industry Intelligence: Joint venture The design of arthroscopic devices and their performance capabilities have been limited by the strength and stiffness characteristics of the metals, ceramics and polymers used in their fabrication. Now...
    (October, 2009)
  • Benefits of the Spring
    The simple canted-coil spring may be the answer to manufacturers’ device fastening difficulties.
    (September, 2009)
  • Orthopaedic Conference and Exhibition Launched in Europe and United States
    Finite element analysis can be a useful tool for assessing the clinical performance of a new product in addition to developing and evaluating its design. The benefits and limitations of using this technique for orthopaedic products are examined here.
    (September, 2009)
  • Sandvik Builds Orthopaedic Product Facility in Europe
    Finite element analysis can be a useful tool for assessing the clinical performance of a new product in addition to developing and evaluating its design. The benefits and limitations of using this technique for orthopaedic products are examined here.
    (September, 2009)
  • Using Simulation Methods for Orthopaedic Implant Design
    New virtual test methods are being used to better understand the functional performance of implants within the musculoskeletal system
    (September, 2009)
  • Alloy Powders for Medical Applications
    The use of gas-atomised alloy powders for the fabrication of medical devices, including hip and knee implants, offers cost benefits
    (September, 2009)
  • The Delicate Balancing Act of Metallic Biomaterials
    Ever since metals have been used within the human body, there has been controversy over whether they do harm as well as good. There is now another dimension to this issue provided by experiences with recent metal-on-metal hip replacements.
    (March, 2009)
  • Development of Bioresorbable Composite Materials for Orthopaedic Devices
    Metallic bone plates and screws are increasingly being replaced by bioresorbable implants. The next stage is to use bioresorbable materials for high-strength fixation applications.
    (September, 2008)
  • The Use of Modelling To Predict Implant Behaviour
    Finite element analysis can be a useful tool for assessing the clinical performance of a new product in addition to developing and evaluating its design. The benefits and limitations of using this technique for orthopaedic products are examined here.
    (September, 2008)
  • Subcontractor Seeks Larger Orthopaedics-Manufacturing Footprint
    Sourcing Hotline By adding eight Willemin-Macodel 5-axis contour milling machines to its already considerable battery of equipment, Norman Noble (Highland Heights, OH, USA; www.nnoble.com) figures that it can lay claim to being one of the largest providers of single-operation ...
    (September, 2008)
  • Developments Across the Industry
    THIS ISSUE Orthopaedic implants increase momentum Demand in United States for orthopaedic implants will grow by 8.9% per annum to be valued at nearly US$22 billion in 2012, according to a report from Freedonia. The four major product sectors all offer good prospects. The market for reco...
    (September, 2008)
  • The Use of Modelling To Predict Implant Behaviour
    Finite element analysis can be a useful tool for assessing the clinical performance of a new product in addition to developing and evaluating its design. The benefits and limitations of using this technique for orthopaedic products are examined here.
    (July, 2008)