Lithoz – an Austrian manufacturer of 3D printers for 3D printing of ceramics, has developed a new material LithaBone HA 480, which is a bone substitute material for ceramic 3D printing. Ceramic is considered in the medical industry as an ideal material for the production of instruments and implants due to its biocompatibility, low thermal conductivity and lower weight.

Some grades of ceramic can be absorbed by the body, eliminating the risk of repeat surgeries. A wide range of bone structures in the body requires that ceramic materials for the production of bone implants fully cover this range and be biocompatible and resorbable. The intended interaction of the bone graft material with the adjacent bone and tissues depends on an optimized geometry design that determines clinical success as bone grows along the guide structures of the material as the ceramic dissolves in the body.

Lithoz LithaBone HA 480 offers several significant improvements over previous materials of this type, including the ability to create a much greater wall thickness of 10mm – a key requirement for versatility. It has a higher accuracy of imaging fine structures, with the material exhibiting strongly reduced polymerization while improving the depth of cure. This results in a simpler selection of construction parameters, a much more stable production process and a 10 times longer shelf life. The parts are also much easier to clean – thanks to the improved composition of the binder.


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