Spinal implant manufacturer DeGen Medical has introduced a new 3D-printed porous titanium implant, Impulse AM, for posterior interbody fusion.

The device is claimed to be the first 3D-printed spinal implant that makes use of a different type of titanium material (Puri-Ti) with a proprietary manufacturing process.

It is marked as the first interbody device in the company’s 3D-printed Puri-Ti portfolio.

The diamond lattice structure of the new implant increases visualisation and maintains mechanical integrity.

The company stated that the Puri-Ti technology does not require oils, fluids or heat treatment during the complete manufacturing and post-processing method.

It also reduces the lead times for patient-specific implants.

DeGen Medical CEO and founder Craig Black said: “After researching the traditional material and post-processing methods, we identified a number of pitfalls that can cause sterility issues and device breakage. 

“We brought the entire process in-house while creating our own unique material composition and building method. 

“As a result, we now have a clear pathway to deliver patient-specific implants with minimal lead time at a reasonable cost.”

The company said that Impulse AM will be available in various anatomical designs and sizes to accommodate a broad patient anatomy range.

The release of the initial product provides implants and instrumentation that are designed for posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) procedures. 

DeGen Medical offers implants and intuitively designed instruments for the treatment of complex spinal diseases.

At present, the company’s products are available for use as one-offs and not for daily surgical interventions.