Evonik has reportedly become the first company in the world to develop a polymer filament based on PEEK in implant-grade quality for use as a 3D printing material for implants. (Photo courtesy Evonik.)
Evonik has reportedly become the first company in the world to develop a polymer filament based on PEEK in implant-grade quality for use as a 3D printing material for implants. (Photo courtesy Evonik.)

Evonik says that it has become the first company in the world to develop a polymer filament based on polyether ether ketone (PEEK) in implant-grade quality for use as a 3D printing material for implants.

The material can be used in fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology and could enable the additive production of three-dimensional plastic parts for medical implants in the human body.

The new PEEK filament is based on VESTAKEEP i4 G, a viscous implant-grade material made by the company. The product reportedly has improved biocompatibility, biostability, and x-ray transparency and is suitable for medical technology applications such as spinal implants, sports medicine, and maxillofacial surgery.

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