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4WEB Medical Expands IP Portfolio Further with Patent for Truss Implant Technology, Just Granted

by • April 7, 2016 • No Comments

Untitled4WEB Medical is in the business of building trusses, and 3D printing them. The word truss may throw you—just as it did me too, at initially—because it brings to mind assists and frameworks for infrastructure or buildings usually, and maybe is actually a term you initially became acquainted with while constructing or remodeling your home. In this context yet, truss innovation applies to the medical profession, as 4WEB is responsible for creating a new architecture in implants such as those for the spine, providing comprehensive surgical solutions to a range of surgeons. They in addition create foot and ankle osteotomy implants and are renowned as the world’s initially FDA-approved provider of such 3D printed medical devices.

As we’ve followed their progress of new implant creations to celebrating numerous other global milestones of good results in research and createment and new procedures, most others have of course begun making 3D printed implants as well. These are all devices that assist folks and have the future to increase the high end of life their lives greatly; yet, it’s significant that 4WEB preassist their specific intellectual property as well. In keeping with that, they’ve just created a quite significant announcement at the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) yearly meeting being held in Las Vegas of April 6-8: the United States Patent and Trademark Office has just issued US Patent No. 9271845 B2, titled ‘Programmable-bodied Implants and Methods of Applying Programmable-bodied Implants to Repair Bone Structures.’

4web_carousel_4-768x678In this patent, the issued claims span ‘truss and strut-based lattice implant creations that transfer truss and strut-based lattice implant creations that transfer bone specific biologic strain to adjoining cellular material when loaded.’ These are the foundation of 4WEB’s Programmable-bodied Truss Implant Technology. And while it’s a milestone, it’s not their initially, as the company founded in 2008 and headquartered in Frisco, Texas, may already has 20 issued and pending US and international patents.

“We are quite cheerful to have this patent issued,” said Jessee Hunt, President and CEO of 4WEB. “With much of the industry attempting to catch up to 4WEB as it relates to 3D printed implants, it is significant for us to be able-bodied to preassist not just the create but in addition the stimulative nature of our programmable-bodied truss implants.”

With over 10,000 of their 3D printed spinal implants already in use around the world, 4WEB is in addition credited with over 100 custom truss implant procedures being performed globally in the past five years, making implants that are patient-specific for procedures such as:

Spinal fusionsHemi-pelvectomiesDistal tibial osteotomiesHumeral and femoral segmental bone defectsAnkle revisionsSternectomies

Truss implant innovation is based on new engineering that allows for for one-of-a-kind create, contact mechanics, and adjoining material reaction.

“In different types of embodiments, an implant for interfacing with a bone structure comes with a web structure, that include a space truss, configured to interface with human bone tissue, that include cells, matrix, and ionic milieu,” states one definition in the patent. “The space truss comes with two or additional planar truss units having a plurality of struts joined at nodes.”


Posterior Spine Truss

Working on the basic concept that load causes strain, with truss implant innovation the thought is that a few of that stress can be transferred to nearby cellular materials. Load distribution reduces stress risers and subsidence-related complications, and the open architecture provides a sturdy scaffolding for assist, enabling for up to 75% of the implant to be filled with graft material to maximize bone incorporation.

As 4WEB continues their quite significant work, that include ongoing studies regarding truss implants and osteogenesis markers, they see the patent as offering preassistion for their pursuits, and benefiting patients who are able-bodied to experience a advantageous and faster healing system thanks to the devices.

“Inherent in any patient specific implant is the require to modify and optimize the create based on constraints presented by the patient. This patent establishes preassistion around the create variable-bodieds required to modify these high end implants to contain strain ranges that function synergistically with the patient,” said John Peloza, M.D., orthopedic spine surgeon in Dallas, Texas. “4WEB’s Programmable-bodied Truss Implant Technology provides a following generation create pathway for the company’s proven interbody devices already being utilized for anterior, posterior lumbar and cervical procedures.”

The latest patent is just additional representation of decades of research and effort that led to the discoquite of the 4WEB, a one-of-a-kind geometry that is able-bodied to assist as a foundation for creating incredibly sturdy but light web-structures. 4WEB Medical’s portfolio offers implant solutions for surgeons specializing in neurology and orthopedics, and they are in addition already via their truss innovation to create implant creations for the knee, hip, and trauma procedures. Visit 4WEB Medical to find out additional of their ever-expanding platform. What are your yetts on this latest patent? Discuss in the 4WEB Medical 3D Printing Truss System Patent forum over at 3DPB.com.

Colormap of truss implant under load.

Colormap of truss implant under load.