MICRO Biomedical Devices with Osteointegrating Capabilities by μPIM
DEMONSTRATOR PROJECTS IN CO-PROMOTION
2016-10-01 to 2018-09-30
Partners: 3DTech, Tecnifreza
Ceramic implants, namely zirconia ones, are gradually becoming the number one choice for Implantologists, thus triggering the interest of the biggest dental implant companies worldwide, due to factors such as biocompatibility, non-release of metal ions and the white colour feature that prevents the development of greyish gums over time. Some companies are already producing/selling this type of implants, however, most using conventional machining and with extremely high production costs. This project arises for the works and developments of two previous ones, which led to extremely promising results which have enabled the production of dental implants by a microinjection technique, μPIM. Initially, the production of metallic dental implants was attained by a single piece and subsequently developed in a second phase towards the production of two-piece ceramic dental implants (zirconia) made out of two removable parts, implant and abutment, with the additional possibility of using isolated dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) and/or nanostructured coatings, in order to accelerate bone regeneration and decrease patient recovery time. Thus, having as a starting point the entire production technology know-how gathered in previous works, the main objectives of this demonstrator project are: to improve/optimize the connection system between the ceramic implant and the abutment/assembler; produce feedstocks and microcomponents in a clean chamber, in order to comply with all safety standards for this type of medical devices; produce a package, as well as all the associated components required for the product to be subjected to clinical trials tests in humans; stablish partnerships with companies interested upon validating and marketing the product.