How 3D Materials Play a Role in Reconstructive Surgery

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Aug. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Oxford Performance Materials CEO Scott DeFelice discusses the 3D materials used in cranial and facial surgery with Pimm Fox on "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)

Executive and the president of the company.

You have to explain exactly what this is because you were telling me that you do not make a printer, what to make the material and it starts off as a powder.

We start off with a fine powder and we grow parts one layer at a time.

And the end of the process we have a big rocks full of powder and we dig up all the parts, and whether they are cranial implants or on an airplane, and all comes on the same thing.

Once the powder made of?

It is a high-performance plastic.

It is an interesting follow will.

-- molecule.

Polyethylkeytone.

A high-performance plastic that has a number of interesting attributes.

It is chemical resistant, it is biologically safe, it is gamma stable, it is radiation stable.

It is good and high temperature and low temperature.

It is a really unique molecule.

And the facial implants, who would get such a thing echo what is it used for?

This is normally the result of a trauma or a disease.

Every day thousands and thousands of people -- if you have a tumor and it is removed him and then you obviously have to replace the space.

Somehow you have a defect in your skull or face.

We get a cat scan of and then we design a piece to match the defect.

It reminds me of when you're used to have to work on your own automobile.

You would send it out of the somebody over in order to make it look as oif there is no dent.

There has not been a technical solution to solve the problem so elegantly and so perfectly.

So at the end of the day, the goal is that you cannot see that there was a defect.

That is what we are trying to achieve.

The printer that you are used to -- using to do this, you do not make.

We develop the implants or the other devices that get put into use.

You wish you could say that this was something that you plan from the very beginning.

There was no master plan to be talking about cranial implants when we started in 2000. we had identified the molecule is a really important one for the future.

A really poor in polymer, and we were just seeing where it took us.

Price range?

We're introducing new technologies as a result of 3-d printing that are more clinically affect the event equal or lower cost and that is very important.

Is this something that can be applied to patients of all ages?

We have done pediatric aces, adult cases, there is no limit in terms of the types of things we could do with this technology and repairing the human skeleton.

What did you have to do to get the fda to approve this?

They had never seen any of this because this is a new technology, but they had rules of things to think about.

I was impressed about the way they handled it.

What about the company?

Are you expanding?

We are growing as fast as we can.

We have two divisions, one that puts this technology on aircraft, which is a sustainability issue, and one which is more focused in orthopedics.

We're working on the spine, we are working on diabetes, other trauma.

There are is a big platform on each side of our business.

How do people qualify?

If you have a biomedical condition where you want bone reconstructed images above the neck, go talk to your surgeon.

Our distributor is available.

What has been the response from hospitals?

Great.

It took place and started to gain momentum in teaching hospitals, but the cases have worked out great with a positive response.

Thank you.

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