Order validates business model for 3D printed implant start-up

Australian start-up 3D Medical has received an order for 25 sets of additively manufactured titanium jaw implants.

AAP reports that the company has signed an order to provide the prostheses over a year to an undisclosed specialist. The first six of these will be used to treat patients with osteoarthritis of the temporomandibular (TMJ) joint or jaw joint.

“We’ve only been listed for four months and already doing this one jaw has validated out entire business model because we’ve had to deal with the health insurers, the hospitals, with the surgical teams,” 3D Medical’s chairman, Nigel Finch, told Business Insider.

The follows the news this week that 3D Medical designed and created a titanium TMJ for a 23-year-old Melbourne man. This was successful implanted in a five-hour surgery session at Epworth-Freemasons Hospital.

The precise nature and complexity required was a good match for the company’s implants, it said, and presented a large market opportunity.