Medtronic had 13 patents in 3D printing during Q1 2024. Medtronic Plc has filed patents for an expandable spinal implant with a unique distal end hook design for easier insertion and alignment, providing benefits such as anterior rim engagement and lordosis. Another patent is for an additive manufacturing system to produce medical catheters or leads, featuring a heating cartridge, filament handling system, and substrate handling system for applying a jacket to the substrate with an electrode ring. GlobalData’s report on Medtronic gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Medtronic had no grants in 3D printing as a theme in Q1 2024.

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Application: Expandable spinal implant system with a biased tip and method of using same (Patent ID: US20240008998A1)

The patent filed by Medtronic Plc describes an expandable spinal implant with a unique design that includes a distal projection on one side of the implant, forming an elongated distal end hook. This hook allows for rotation around the spinal cord to align the implant with the desired pathway and insertion into the disc space between vertebrae. The widened distal end hook facilitates a TLIF approach, load distribution, anterior rim engagement, and lordosis creation.

The claims detail the components and functionality of the expandable spinal implant, including the frame, plug, endplate portions, distal end portions, and engagement mechanisms. The implant is designed to transition from a collapsed to an expanded position, engaging with vertebral bodies and providing stability. Features such as beveled portions, teeth on endplates, lateral side walls, and threaded surfaces are incorporated for enhanced performance. The unique design of the implant allows for efficient insertion and secure placement within the spinal anatomy, offering benefits in terms of alignment, load distribution, and lordosis creation.

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