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The first PEEK craniofacial test implants to be produced with laser sintering will be presented by EOS, at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing, and MD and M West shows.

This co-located event will take place at the Anaheim, California, Convention Center on 8-10 February 2011.

EOS’ collaborative projects coordinator, Joerg Lenz, will deliver a previously unpublished technical paper on the results of a EU-funded project titled ‘Laser sintering of PEEK’ during afternoon session 303 on 9 February.

The test implants were fabricated in Germany using the Eosint P 800 system – said to be the first laser-sintering system operating at up to 385C for processing high-performance polymers.

Lenz’s paper documents the first validated in vivo (animal) results for laser-sintered PEEK.

The implants displayed at the EOS booth will include one filled with the polymer.

The current implant was designed by a team at AZM (the University Hospital Maastricht, The Netherlands) headed by Dr Jules Poukens.

A patent for the network of holes in the unique mesh scaffold has been applied for.

Scott Killian of Royal Engineered Composites, the first American user of the P 800, will also be at the EOS booth to discuss his company’s use of the machine and show sample geometries of PEEK medical and aerospace parts.

There will be a working Formiga P 100 laser-sintering system at the booth, as well as metal parts produced with direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS).

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