An orthopaedic spinal implant for proof of concept made from 3D Printing FibreTuff PAPC and utilizing CNC Machining process, showing no visible degradation of the cellulose fibers in the spinal implants. The FibreTuff PAPC has a unique surface texture to accept novel hydroxyapatite coatings. Furthermore, the FibreTuff PAPC has radiopacity and does not require barium sulfate or tantalum beads for locating implant in body.
FibreTuff PAPC has been made into bar stock for machining purposes to manufacture radiopaque implants like TLIF, Spinal cages that cannot be made in other processes, i.e. extrusion, micro molding. Lengths are limited to certain sizes and construction.
This PAPC Bar Stock was CNC milled, laser cut with push pin for proof of concept performed by prosthetic company for evaluation.