Hardmetals specialist Lithoz has developed new ceramic material for the 3D printing of bone replacements.

According to the company, LithaBone HA 480 is a bioresorbable bone substitute that is biocompatible and has low thermal conductivity and lighter intrinsic weight.

Compared to similar materials, it has higher maximum wall thicknesses up to 10mm, while minimum wall thicknesses have been reduced further. It is also possible to have more precise imaging accuracy of fine structures and parts are easier to clean.

“We already have had the chance to work with HA 480 and the results are outstanding: from mechanical properties over higher wall thickness to size and lattice structures, LithaBone HA 480 has convinced us of a considerable improvement compared to its predecessor,” said Adem Aksu a director at German company KLS Martin, which has been using 3D printed bone substitute implants since 2015.