FibreTuff ® is an advanced biomedical material for 3D Printing. The FibreTuff medical grade filaments and powders can produce a textured surface with cell and tissue adhesion, as well as appearance similar to bone to replace cadaver models.
3D printed Biofabricated parts manufactured with a FibreTuff medical grade composition and collagen show compatibility and adhesion. The prototype symmetrical micropore structure helps to create bone like implants.
FibreTuff biomedical materials can produce bone like skull caps for functional models used by medical centers and physicians. FibreTuff I was processed on a 3D Printer to make these skull caps.
FibreTuff has an eco friendly coating with barium solution for SLS printed anatomical bone models.. They can be used as phantoms for xRay and CT scans for medical professionals.
Two cancellous screws drilled into a metatarsal foot bone made with FibreTuff using the SLS 3D printing method. Surgeon said the 3D printer bone performed like 20 year old human bone.
Bone gets brittle after being removed from body. Body fluids promote better elasticity as well as impact, FibreTuff is hydrophilic and reacts to moisture very similar to bone. Other 3D printed medical biomaterials like PLA will absorb and store moisture until the composition breaks down. FibreTuff will absorb moisture to a point and promote less brittleness and improve impact.
These spinal spacers made with FibreTuff medical grade filament are seen under CT Scan with vitamin E capsule. These 3D printed parts were positioned on top of a jug of water to help resemble body fluids. The images have radiopacity where to bone bringing can be identified. Bone will be brighter than the objects made by FibreTuff.
FibreTuff has been evaluated by leading 3D printing service centers for anatomical bone models to replace cadaver work. These 3D printed bone like models have radiopacity, good screw retention with flexibility.
Moreover, these functional anatomical bone models are used at Universities, Medical Centers for clinical evaluations and physicians in preparations for surgery.
3D printed FibreTuff has "bone like" feel and appearance with radiopacity. See picture. The FibreTuff compound used to achieve the radiopacity seen in the CT Scan of the vertebrae. 3D LifePrint evaluated materials they have used for anatomical bone models and found FibreTuff to be more bone like ( HU 400 ) than any other materials presently used today in the medical market. See website www.3dlifeprints.com for more information
Dr Mike Hartman, a cranio maxillofacial surgeon at Hartman Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C. has printed FibreTuff medical grade filament and produced anatomical bone like models for CT scans.
His work confirms FibreTuff meets the standards set by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) per the November 2018 published paper
BioFabricating FibreTuff can produce prototypes for spine and knee applications. nScrypt has perfected 3D printing tiny microscopic pores with FibreTuff and collagen.
This 3D printed anatomical bone model made of FibreTuff medical grade compositions with a laser sintering process can have bone like qualities such as good screw retention. The surgeon drilled into the 3D printer bone with a cortex self tapping screw and felt the printed bone resembled a 20 year old human bone.