CoreLink announced that it completed the implantation of more than 5,000 3D printed orthopedic devices using its proprietary Mimetic Metal technology.
The St. Louis–based company went over the 5,000-implant threshold in November 2019, just over two years on from the first implantation with the F3D anterior cervical interbody in June 2017.
Mimetic Metal is an additively manufactured technology designed to combine a lattice framework and inner trabecular pores to emulate the structural, functional and physiological properties of bone. Its design is meant to create anisotropic stiffness to help with load transfer as bone density adapts to functional forces on the bone.
CoreLink offers Mimetic Metal implants in products such as the CoreLink M3 standalone anterior lumbar interbody fusion and F3D family of implants, which include curved, straight, cervical and lateral implants in an array of footprints, heights and lordosis, according to a news release.
“CoreLink set out to emulate nature with our 3D printed technology,” CoreLink CEO Jay Bartling said in the release. “Our unique design has enabled us to optimize everything needed in an interbody device – imaging, graft capacity, porosity, load sharing, strength, and stiffness. From the development of the technology to execution of the 3D printing, we design and manufacture Mimetic Metal implants in our facility, ensuring both form and function are met to help patients in their healing process.”