From Load Bearing to Load Sharing

Case Study

In Germany, approximately 200,000 distal radius fractures are treated per year. The development of treatment approaches to support this fracture healing has undergone many steps of change. From different treatment techniques to new implant systems. However, it has always been limited by the mechanical and biological properties of the materials used. In sum, treatment by plate osteosynthesis suffers from the limitations of miniaturization and customization. Amorphous metals that can be near-net shape manufactured into specific plates with built-in features using 3D printing and injection molding can enable plate osteosynthesis and other approaches in medical technology to improve less invasive and at the same time more stable and reliable recovery processes.

In a nutshell:

  • Problem: stable fixation with micromotion.
  • Solution: new class of materials with tailored property portfolio
  • Result: balanced relationship between overall load-bearing capacity and high linear-elastic behavior

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