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Publisher DOI: 10.18416/AMMM.2022.2209644
Title: Additive manufactured versus traditional osteosynthesis plates : a finite element analysis
Language: English
Authors: Barth, Tobias 
Münch, Matthias 
Seide, Klaus 
Adam, Christian  
Krautschneider, Wolfgang 
Schulz, Arndt Peter 
Keywords: osteosynthesis implant; osteosynthesis; Additive Manufacturing; fem analysis
Issue Date: 12-Sep-2022
Publisher: Infinite Science GmbH
Source: Transactions on additive manufacturing meets medicine 4 (1): 644 (2022)
Abstract (english): 
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is rapidly gaining acceptance in healthcare. Due to 3D printing of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) constructions almost any complex geometry, e. g. bio-mimicking implants or light-weight hollow implant bodies, can be produced. In this paper a direct comparison between PEEK and titanium osteosynthesis plates is achieved with a finite element analysis. By that, pros and cons of PEEK as implant material are discussed and different use cases are identified. For the comparison a generic osteosynthesis plate for diaphysis is designed. The exceeding of the yield strength even at low bending and torsional loads highlights the problems that occur when applying PEEK implants at locations which are affected by moderate mechanical loads. Since fracture stabilisation is the main function of osteosynthesis plates, stiffness is a highly relevant property of these. Therefore, a direct exchange of titanium to PEEK would increase the risk of non-union. Thus, a different structure or an improved material, e. g. carbon fibre PEEK composite, is required for loaded locations to replace metallic implants.
DOI: 10.15480/882.4881
ISSN: 2699-1977
Journal: Transactions on additive manufacturing meets medicine 
Institute: Integrierte Schaltungen E-9 
Document Type: Article
Project: KMU-Innovativ-Verbundprojekt: Elektronische Instrumentierung von Osteosynthese-Implantaten zum Monitoring des Heilungsverlaufs und zur Überlastprävention (IOMON) 
Funded by: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) 
Peer Reviewed: Yes
Publisher's Creditline: © 2022 Tobias Barth; licensee Infinite Science Publishing This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
License: CC BY 4.0 (Attribution) CC BY 4.0 (Attribution)
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