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Implant Direct

Objective

ImplantDirect will create a cost-effective, faster manufacturing route for orthopaedic, maxillofacial or trauma implants, tailored to the individual needs of patients. The overall project aims are to improve the quality of the implants, reduce the recovery time, improve the quality of life for the patients and reduce the healthcare costs. This will be achieved by allowing surgeons to personalise the implants to fit the patient and the individual trauma, thus reducing the need for revisions, the length of surgery time and the recovery time of the patient. While the technology is available and can deliver the well-recognised benefits of using personalised implants, the number of clinical cases is still limited. The main reasons that the technology has not been widely applied for treatment in hospitals, are the complexity of the delivery process, the high cost of implants and the lack of human and technological resources in the area of biomodelling in hospitals. Especially, the multidisciplinary communication among radiologists, surgeons, and biomedical engineers, which is always needed during the design and manufacturing steps of a patient specific implant. In addition, the optimal solutions and funding for investment of hardware and software are not always available. The work to be undertaken in ImplantDirect will help overcome these issues by the realisation of two key innovations:
1) An innovative software solution that will allow the surgeon to directly design the ‘best’ (not limited by existing manufacturing techniques) implant shape for his patients, based on CT-scan data, which will then allow implant creation using the flexible Rapid Manufacturing technique of Selective Laser Melting.
2) Develop the Selective Laser Melting process and post-processing necessary to deliver functional Ti6Al4V personalised implants within 3 days from receiving the designs from innovation 1.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /medical and health sciences/medical biotechnology/implants

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs
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Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 36 974,46
Administrative Contact
David Hamper (Mr.)

Participants (8)

BCT STEUERUNGS UND DV-SYSTEME GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 167 305,75
Address
Carlo-schmid-allee 3
44263 Dortmund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Claus Bremer (Dr.)
DMG MORI ADDITIVE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 210 630
Address
Gildemeisterstrasse 60
33689 Bielefeld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Matthias Fockele (Dr.)
LAYERWISE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 224 994,35
Address
Grauwmeer 14
3001 Leuven Heverlee
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Mercelis (Dr.)
LISTEMANN AG WERKSTOFF UND WAERMEBEHANDLUNGSTECHNIK
Liechtenstein
EU contribution
€ 208 403,34
Address
Wirtschaftspark 34
9492 Eschen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Manfred Boretius (Dr.)
UNIVERSITATEA DE MEDICINA SI FARMACIE IULIU HATIEGANU CLUJ-NAPOCA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 13 008
Address
Victor Babes Street 8
400012 Cluj-napoca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mihaela Baciut (Prof.)
FACHHOCHSCHULE NORDWESTSCHWEIZ
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 33 320
Address
Bahnhofstrasse 6
5210 Windisch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Erik Schkommodau (Prof.)
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Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 147 195,10
Address
Calle Juan De La Cierva Parque Tecnologico Paterna 16
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Enrique Palmi Perez (Mr.)
JRI ORTHOPAEDICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 112 269
Address
18 Churchill Way 35 A Business Park
S35 2PY Sheffield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Edward Draper (Mr.)