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Stryker Corporation Moves into 3-D Printing for Orthopedic Devices

Jacob Newberger

Based in Pennsylvania, Jacob Newberger served as automation engineer with Panacea Technologies and guided the creation of a number of automated systems. Jacob Newberger has a strong interest in health care, with an emphasis on developments in transplant surgery and orthopedics.
In January, 2016, the leading orthopedics firm Stryker Corporation announced that it would be creating a large-scale 3-D printing facility. The firm has been producing medical devices and implants for physicians and hospitals for the past seven decades. This additive manufacturing thrust represents a pathway forward for a company known for its uniquely customized machines, which are often one-of-a-kind.
Stryker already maintains significant investments in 3-D printing technologies, particularly in the area of 3-D printed titanium parts for knee and hip replacements. The firm also employs 3-D printing in creating patellas and tibia baseplates. The latter products provide surgeons with the ability to undertake procedures without cement. The focus of Stryker’s move into 3-D printing is likely to be in making parts with innovative geometries that would be difficult to otherwise create.                            
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