Renishaw has collaborated with University Dental Hospital of Wales, to produce custom maxillofacial implants.
Renishaw has collaborated with University Dental Hospital of Wales, to produce custom maxillofacial implants.

Additive manufacturing (AM) company Renishaw, has collaborated with University Dental Hospital of Wales (UDH), Cardiff, to produce custom maxillofacial implants and surgical guides.

By using custom made devices, hospitals can reduce surgery time considerably because each device is designed to fit the patient, Renishaw says.

‘AM allows hospitals to achieve high precision when producing implants,’ said Ed Littlewood, marketing manager of Renishaw's medical and dental products division. ‘By collaborating with Renishaw, UDH can develop their maxillofacial implants further, seeing improvements with each case and helping a wider range of patients and surgeons across different departments.’

‘The team are involved in every stage of the development of new technologies for medical applications, including inputting CT data and making and manipulating digital models ahead of surgery,’ added Roger Maggs, head of dental technology services at UDH.

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