3D Design and printing of orthopaedic implants

18 January 2016
The EPIC lab

3D design and printing is being used develop to  novel implants for children with lower limb deformities in a new lab opened by the Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner.

The lab, EPIC 3D, (Engineering and Prototyping of Implants for Children) is headed by Prof David Little, world renowned surgeon, researcher and educator in children’s orthopaedics.

Six devices are in varying stages of development for commercialisation.  A multi-disciplinary team of surgeons, engineers, biomedical scientists and allied health professionals work on the design and development on-site, consulting with manufacturers, both local and global, to refine the designs.

Globally, hundreds of thousands of children have a condition that affects the way they move, their independence and state of mind. Trauma, Infection, genetic or developmental disorders are some of the causes.

The Centre for Bone and Musculoskeletal Health, led by Prof David Little, is a world leader in medical device innovation for children with limb deformities. The revolutionary new implants address clinical gaps in paediatric bone health. They are tailored for a child’s specific orthopaedic needs and will result in less time in hospital, shorter healing times and most importantly, better functioning for children. Young patients can have early access to new and innovative treatments.

The NSW Government has funded the refurbishment of the laboratory and is helping to bring an innovative medical technology to market through the NSW Medical Devices Fund.  Hyundai Help for Kids donated $52,000 to purchase two 3D printers. The Commonwealth has contributed a Commercialisation Australia grant. Donated funds enable two engineers to work on the projects for two years.

See the Nine news story for more information


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