June 21, 2019 in Articles

Quebec company launches another world first

Quebec City, Friday, June 21, 2019 – Creadditive, a company specializing in large-scale special projects in the field of 3D printing (a.k.a. “additive manufacturing”), officially launched a new product on June 4. Building on its success with the 3D-printed violins project for the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Quebec-based business is marketing the first 3D-printed veterinary surgical implant on an international scale. The new product is specifically designed for use in limb-sparing surgery to treat dogs with radius osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Custom-made from a titanium alloy—the best biocompatible material available in medicine today—the product demonstrates the exciting promise of the next generation of personalized medicine.

The first implant sold by Creadditive went to Madison, a 48 kg Great Dane mix with radius osteosarcoma. During the surgery the section of bone with the tumor was cut out and replaced with a custom-made 3D-printed implant. To bring this innovative project to fruition, Laurent Lacombe, cofounder and director of Creadditive’s medical division, partnered with Dr. Bernard Séguin, a surgical oncology veterinarian at Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center.

The visionary team at Creadditive jumped at the chance to take part in this multidisciplinary project combining engineering, 3D printing, and veterinary medicine, seeing it as an opportunity to push their expertise even further. “We are proud to be marketing the first implant of this kind worldwide and to offer state-of-the-art implant solutions. This product paves the way for the next generation of personalized medicine. We’re definitely eager to contribute to future developments in the field,” said engineer Laurent Lacombe.


The implant manufacturing and installation process


The results of the new surgical technique are truly promising: Whereas traditional implants require the animal to adapt to the implant, additive manufacturing allows the implant to be designed for the animal’s specific morphology, leading to faster recovery and rehabilitation.

Creadditive is able to deliver a custom-designed implant to a veterinary surgeon in only 14 days. Along the way, the product goes through several highly meticulous and precise design steps. First the animal undergoes a CT scan (the same technology used on humans). The medical imaging results are then processed with specialized software to create a computer model of the implant. After multiple quality control checks, the implant is put into production and then printed in collaboration with Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ).

There are a number of advantages to 3D-printed implants—both for the animal and for the treating veterinarian. Traditional implants require multiple adjustments, so what is usually a complex and time-consuming surgical procedure will now be faster and more precise. This same type of implant could be used for other four-legged animals.

Madison and Dr. Bernard Séguin

Taking a purely academic project and making it commercially viable was no small challenge for Creadditive. The idea for the custom implant was born from a collaboration between École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) de Montréal, Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center, and Aligo Innovation. It was successfully tested in five dogs with radius osteosarcoma before being marketed by Creadditive.

Cofounded by Martin Lavoie, Philippe Dupuis, Stéphane Mayer, and Laurent Lacombe, Creadditive specializes in the use of cutting-edge scanning technologies to deliver high-quality solutions. Creadditive serves the larger Quebec and Ontario markets—including Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, and Ottawa—from its offices in Gatineau/Ottawa and Quebec City. The company also has a mobile team that covers all of North America.

Creadditive has earned a solid reputation across Canada for its 3D scanning and printing expertise, having contributed to the development of the latest techniques for application in the mechanical, industrial, and civil engineering fields. The company specializes in delivering reliable, integrated solutions. ­|


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