3D printing enables in-house production of spare parts for a wide array of applications in the automotive industry. The available materials range from rigid plastics to flexible rubbers with mechanical properties that mimic original parts.
Polycaprolactone (PCL) is a biodegradable polyester and has attracted a great deal of attention for use as an implantable biomaterial. In particular it is especially interesting for the preparation of long term implantable devices, owing to its degradation which is even slower than that of polylactide (PLA). PCL is also used for controlled drug release, cell scaffolds and medical braces.
In collaboration between scoliosis specialist Dr. Gundars Rusovs and WiDE – Latvian company producing 3D printed orthotics and prosthetics. Scoliosis brace is device with which patient has to live day and night through teen years. Conventionally bulky looking brace was recreated with large volume Mass Portal D1200 3D printer with webbing pattern to make device more lightweight and significantly better appealing for the wearer in day-to-day use.