World first procedure and 3D printed implant from CSIRO’s Lab 22 facility

CSIRO further cemented its place in Australian industry after it was involved in a world leading collaboration to save a 71-year-old man’s leg.

First published: 22/10/2014

Updated at: 23/10/2014 at 3:13 pm

CSIRO’s Lab 22 is a VPTN facility that’s working well with Australian industry. The ARCAM 3D printing lab was recently involved in a world-leading collaboration involving St Vincent’s Hospital, and Melbourne implant manufacturer Anatomics to 3D print a heel bone and save a 71-year-old man’s leg.

Mr Len Chandler received a custom made heel bone as an implant part from the St Vincent’s surgical team.  His customised heel bone was prototyped and 3D printed by CSIRO and the rest of the work was done by the team at Victorian based Anatomics and Professor Choong’s surgical team at St Vincent’s in Melbourne. The design included smooth surfaces, holes for sutures and rough surfaces for tissue adhesion.

“3D printing is a local manufacturing process, meaning Australian companies produce implants for our own patients for our own doctors to use. We would no longer have to rely on imported parts that slow the process down and is less personal for the patient,” CSIRO’s Director of High Performance Metal Industries John Barnes said.

“At some point in the future we expect that local for-profit businesses will have the capacity to work on projects like this, and meanwhile the CSIRO is here to help local industry grow and build momentum.”

“Custom designed implants mean job opportunities in biotech and manufacturing  as these types of surgeries become more commonplace.”

To find out more about CSIRO’s Lab 22 click here.

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