Singular Health Opens 3D Bioprinting Company
High-tech cranial implant developer Singular Health has opened its 25% owned 3D printing facility in Melbourne with the creation of its first titanium cutting and drilling guide for a maxillofacial patient.
The guide is a software-designed 3D printed model of each patient’s body parts, providing the surgeon with unparalleled ability to determine the exact procedural requirements for direction, placement, and depth of surgical cut.
Singular paid $300,000 into the formation of Additive Engineering, or “AE” in March 2021 to earn its stake in the company which now has three metal 3D printers capable of printing biocompatible titanium and stainless steel. and two polymer 3D printers.
AE also announced a production and marketing sharing agreement with leading medical technology provider Device Technologies and its 1,000 employees across Australasia. Device Technologies will receive preferred access to the Melbourne facility in exchange for promoting and reselling AE’s services.
Singular said the shared offices for AE and Device Technologies staff streamline the design and manufacturing process by bringing the two groups’ shared technical knowledge and skills together under one roof for the first time.
Access to advanced manufacturing capabilities, including 3D printing, is an essential part of Singular Health’s Scan to Surgery process and is the last step before the surgery itself. We are very pleased to see our investment come to fruition in just 11 months with commissioning and first printing now complete.
Hanly said the workflows used by Additive Engineering demonstrate the commercial and clinical viability of the process of designing and printing patient-specific implants.
The completion of its first commercial work not only yields the first revenue from AE, but the first printed patient-specific cutting and drilling guide is a major milestone giving the company the ability to vertically integrate software results Singular’s Scan to Surgery and virtual reality medical software to generate physical biophysics. -models, guides and implants.
The guide helps limit the extent of tissue detachment and provides the force needed for precise bone cutting and drilling.
Essentially Singular’s software can lift a two-dimensional CT or MRI scan and convert it into a fully interactive 3D model of a problem area such as a tumor.
Using its VR platform, Singular has developed 3Dicom surgical software and breakthrough Scan to Surgery technology which it claims has revolutionized the planning and execution of surgical procedures.
Earlier this week, Singular and CSIRO announced a result of the Cranial Implant Design project that evolved from the science agency’s Kick-Start innovation program.
The organizations said they have developed and integrated an artificial intelligence model capable of automatically creating a cranial implant in four minutes with an accuracy level of 91%, paving the way for 3D printing of bone replacement tissue.
Singular appears to be well on its way to integrating its vertical supply chain that transforms its medical software from binary code to physical product via breakthroughs in medical 3D printing.
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